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Top LEED States in the US for 2012

Does your state make the list? The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its annual list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012. The list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional buildings certified under LEED, through which approximately 2.2 billion square feet of space has been certified worldwide through 2012.

“Securing a spot on this list is a remarkable achievement for everyone involved in the green building movement in these states,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “From architects and designers to local chapter advocates, their collective efforts have brought sustainable building design and use to the forefront of the national discussion on the environment, and I applaud their efforts to create a healthier present and future for the people of their states.”

The District of Columbia tops the rankings again with 36.97 square feet of LEED space certified per resident in 2012.

Top 5 LEED States of 2012


Shaw Contract Group Flooring is featured in many LEED certified projects including (clockwise from top left) Aflac, CBRE, IIDA Headquarters and Bank of America.

Images: emilydickinsoninternationalsociety.org, durabilityanddesign.com, agcase.com, bdcnetwork.com

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Goodwill’s Pop-up Store Concept Brings in Business

On Aug. 1, Goodwill launched its first ever pop-up shop in Washington D.C. In just 3 days, the temporary store outperformed D.C.’s 13 other traditional retail stores by 20 percent more than the combined average. So how did this successful idea come to be?

The decision to open a pop-up store was inspired by the previous success of Goodwill’s trunk shows. Goodwill worked with Gensler to create the idea for the pop-up and thus, “Edited by Goodwill” was born.

“We were really inspired by Goodwill’s mission to help people ‘edit’ themselves by offering education and employment training,” said Bonnie Sen, associate at Gensler. “Using that concept as a starting point for our design, we wanted to help them create, or ‘edit,’ a space to elevate the retail experience and connect with discerning customers. Based on the popularity of stores like Anthropologie and the rise of do-it-yourself culture, we wanted people to approach the store with a sense of discovery.” 

The ‘edit’ concept was integrated into the design with bold colors used to support the Goodwill brand along with an array of “dreamy” tones, as Sen describes. Art features like sculpted standard dry-cleaner hangers bridged space between each display. The store’s success brought it back again in December.

Images: Worn magazine, Washingtonian

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