The U.S. Green Building Council recently released its annual list of the Top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012.

The per-capita list recognizes those states leading the way in transforming buildings and communities. The list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data, and reflects certifications for commercial and institutional buildings.

The District of Columbia ranked first at 36.97 sq. ft. per-capita. Virginia was second (3.71), followed by Colorado (2.10), Massachusetts (2.05) and Illinois (1.94) in the Top 5. The rest of the list is rounded out by Maryland (1.90), New York (1.77), Washington (1.56), California (1.46), Texas (1.43) and Nevada (1.39).