According to a report released by the U.S. Green Building Council, the total footprint of commercial projects certified under its LEED Green Building Rating System has surpassedone billion square feet. Another six billion square feetof projects are registered and currently working toward LEED certification around the world, the organization adds.

“This traction demonstrates the transformation of the way we design, build and operate buildings,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, ceo and founding chair, USGBC. “Not only does green building contribute to saving energy, water and money, it also creates green jobs that will grow and energize our economy.”

“The impact of these one billion square feet can be seen in communities around the world,” said Peter Templeton, president of the Green Building Certification Institute, the certifying body for LEED projects. “The use of LEED represents a growing global commitment to improving our built environment for future generations.”