Get the knowledge to excel as a green professional in the new economy. Acquire an introduction to sustainability and how it lays the foundation for a deeper understanding of the green building process. Participants who successfully complete this course are eligible and prepared to sit for the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate exam.
For anyone who wants more than a basic understanding of sustainability and green building concepts, including those with a stake in their company's building practices, those directly involved in green building projects, and those pursuing the LEED Green Associate professional accreditation. LEED is a third-party certification program and nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.
Two month online course. USGBC Faculty, instructors.
The two-month online course provides essential knowledge of sustainable building concepts that are fundamental to all LEED Rating Systems.
It begins with an introduction to the benefits and integrative approach to green building, and a brief background on the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED, including basics of the building certification process. The core of the course presents LEED intents and concepts at the credit category level -across building types and rating systems - touching on strategies, synergies, and specific examples that are reinforced by real project case examples
Key LEED metrics and LEED referenced standards are addressed throughout. Discussion groups and interactive activities throughout the course keep you engaged and reinforce what you have learned. The course will wrap up with a review and preparation to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam.
The course includes:
About online learning
Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun.
How the Course Works
It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom. You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.
Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.
Participate when you want
You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.
What you will do
For each Unit, you will:
For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, videos, activities) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.
The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.
Your instructor will log into the Discussion area throughout the week and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.
We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.
It’s easy. It’s fun.
About Your Instructors
Your instructors are LEED Faculty with the U.S. Green Building Council, which is providing this course. The Faculty are LEED Accredited Professional with years of experience in LEED and green building.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a leader in sustainability and green buildings. USGBC is a Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will: