Site Selection Rankings for Top Sustainable States and Metros

The latest issue of Site Selection magazine includes their annual rankings for the top sustainable states and metros.

Solar array at state prison in California

Solar array at state prison in California (photo – CaliDGS/

California topped the state rankings, and has all three of its largest metro areas in the aforementioned top 10 list of sustainable metros.

Texas is the only other state which has more than one metro area in the rankings. The Washington, D.C. metro area is listed as the top sustainable metro.

These rankings are based on an index which takes into account the number of LEED-certified buildings, the number of corporate facilities that are involved in the process of producing green products, renewable energy usage and the policy framework being implemented for promoting its use.

The top ten states, in order of their ranking, are – California, Oregon, Washington, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Massachusetts, Iowa, Colorado and Pennsylvania.

The list of the top 10 sustainable metros, in the order of their ranking, is as follows:-

  1. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA
  2. Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-In-WI
  3. New York-Newark-Edison, NY-NJ-PA
  4. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
  5. Houston-Baytown-Sugarland, TX
  6. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
  7. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA
  8. Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
  9. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
  10. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

Among the many trends that Site Selection magazine explores in these rankings, the most interesting one is that the top sustainable territories seem to be moving towards smarter planning coupled with transit-oriented development.

The magazine also listed the top ten most sustainable foreign countries. This list was topped by Canada, where gaining green cachet is important to global companies in the energy industry and is reflected in their site selection process.

The magazine cites the example of Precision Drilling Corp., which moved into a building in Calgary, Alberta that has been awarded LEED Platinum certification. The company’s CEO said that sustainability was one of the factors influencing their decision-making process.

Canada was followed in the top 10 international rankings by Chile, Brazil, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Mexico, South Korea and Turkey, listed in the order of their ranking.

Read more about these sustainability trends and the rankings at

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