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U.S. Green Building Council partners with Pearson

Partnership will help further USGBC’s mission by advancing green building education

November 15, 2012 |

 The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announces its partnership with Pearson to launch USGBC’s online workforce education program for the LEED Green Associate credential. The partnership will expand the reach of USGBC’s educational offerings and educate the next generation of green building leaders.

“Together we will develop a host of education programs that will reach those in the green building market today and help the future building professionals learn the ins and outs of green building, ” said Doug Gatlin, VP of Education Delivery, U.S. Green Building Council. “Pearson’s origins were in the construction business during the Industrial Revolution and they became one of the world’s leading contractors. While they are a different company today, their roots underpin everything they do and they are a perfect fit for USGBC.”

Education is critical to USGBC’s mission of transforming the building environment. “Our community believes in better buildings; places that complement our environment and enhance our communities. Places that give people better, brighter, healthier spaces to live, work and play,” added Gatlin. 

“The rapid growth in green energy and building underscores the strong need for workforce training in this area,” said Leah Jewell, President of Pearson Health Science and Careers. “We’re honored to partner with an organization that is helping to spur job growth while contributing to a healthier environment in communities across the nation.”

As part of the partnership, Pearson has launched USGBC’s online workforce education program for the LEED Green Associate credential. The program includes online courses to help learners successfully prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam and learn green building strategies and techniques.

The LEED Green Associate is a professional credential for those just starting out in green building or for those who are not on green building project teams like lawyers, marketing professionals, students, and real estate professionals.

Pearson is providing nine LEED online courses in healthcare, business, construction and hospitality and tourism. Course content covers knowledge assessment, remediation, self-paced material and practice exams. Pearson is also providing two of USGBC’s print titles to prepare students for the LEED Green Associate Exam: Green Building and LEED Core Concepts, which explains the fundamental tenets of green building, offers strategies for implementation and provides specific case studies; and the USGBC LEED Green Associate Study Guide.

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