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Course Title
Introduction to Sustainability and LEED


This course will introduce students to principles of sustainable building development and to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification/accreditation program, as administered by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute. This course is intended for individuals working in fields related to, or interested in learning about, sustainable building development and the LEED certification program.  This would include architects and engineers, planners, real estate agents, contractors, builders, land use attorneys, business owners and other professionals.  This course is a good introduction of LEED for individuals considering accreditation as a LEED Green Associate.


Upon completion of this course, the successful student will be able to:

  • Explain the impact of building and development on the natural environment;
  • Identify the toll modern development has had on personal and community well being;
  • Cite principles of sustainable building design, construction and operations; and
  • Describe the LEED certification/accreditation program, including the general process for building certification and professional accreditation as a LEED Green Associate.


This course will explore the impact of modern building and development on the natural environment and the negative effects it has had on personal and community well being.  It will discuss principles to construct and operate buildings, sites and developments in a more sustainable way.  This course will also explore the LEED certification and accreditation program as a means of achieving building sustainability and professional development.



Method of Instruction

Instructor-led lectures using PowerPoint, web searches and appropriate written and video materials.  Examples of area applications will be reviewed and discussed.  Class discussion with question and answer opportunities will be included. 


Class participation expected