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Will County a Bright Spot Amid Dismal Census Figures

Susan DeMar Lafferty Reporter  Daily Southtown

Mokena townhomes
New townhomes are under construction near 187th and Wolf Road in Mokena, part of the Old Mill Pond development, which also includes Fox’s Restaurant and retail shops. (Susan DeMar Lafferty / Daily Southtown)

It was a new job that brought the Renaud family from Pennsylvania to Will County last year.

Kelly Renaud said they looked all around the area before settling in Frankfort. They wanted to be near her husband’s Tinley Park office and they liked the small town atmosphere.

“We almost moved to California. I’m glad we came here. I really like it here,” Renaud said.

Jobs are one of the main reasons folks are moving to Will County, according to local officials.

Good schools, affordable homes, relatively low taxes, great municipalities, safety and quality of life also are reasons they cited for Will County’s population increase of 1,642 in the one year period from July 2014 to July 2015.

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10 States That Lead Green Building

10 States That Lead Green Building

Illinois is the greenest state in the country, according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s list of the Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most recognized green building rating system. This was not new to us…we know of Illinois’ green efforts. For the second year in a row, Illinois has the most square feet of LEED space per state resident. The list also shows significant committment by states to embrace building projects that use less energy and water, save money for the community, and emphasize sustainable building design and construction.

“Every story about a green building is a story about people,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). “USGBC’s annual recognition of the Top 10 States for LEED goes beyond gross square feet or number of projects and factors in LEED’s potential in a given state to be part of the daily life of the state’s residents. This per-capita approach tells a great story about how LEED has become an important benchmark in the transformation of the nation’s built environment. LEED certified buildings and the innovations they have driven contribute substantially to our national economic growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life in the communities where they are found.”

Illinois leads with a whopping 174 building certifications that average out to 3.31 square feet of LEED-certified space per resident. The addition of Georgia and Arizona to the top 10 list represents the growing support for sustainable and green building in the South and Southwest.

The Top 10 LEED Certified States of 2014:

  1. Illinois
  2. Colorado
  3. Maryland
  4. Virginia
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Hawaii
  7. California
  8. Georgia
  9. Minnesota
  10. (tied) Arizona and New York

Source: “USGBC Releases the Top 10 States for LEED Green Building Per Capita in Nation,” U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) (Feb. 4, 2015)…via Realtor Mag. Click here for the entire post.