USGBC SC Chapter announces First High School Sustainability Curriculum Graduates Achieving LEED Green Associate Credentials
May 31, 2013 – USGBC SC Chapter is happy to announce that South Carolina is the first state in the Nation to offer a High School Sustainability Curriculum that boasts graduates who have achieved their LEED Green Associate credentials.
In 2011, the South Carolina Chapter of the US Green Building Council started working with Gilbert High School, presenting sponsor CMI (Control Management Inc.) and grant funder, the Center for Green Schools to design an 18-week curriculum for the Gilbert HS Center for Sustainable Solutions. The Sustainability Curriculum program provides an overview of the Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Design (LEED) process and allows students to explore environmentally conscious design techniques in residential and commercial building construction. Students learn how to use materials, energy, room size, and orientation to improve building efficiency and minimize environmental impacts. The program was piloted at the University of South Carolina in 2012 and Gilbert High School has now successfully completed its first semester.
The Center for Sustainable Solutions at Gilbert High School, South Carolina is the first in the nation to offer an educational program dedicated to Sustainability that can boast of graduates who have already achieved their LEED Green Associate certification. The GHS building registered for LEED Silver offers a renewable energy systems lab, environmental science lab, two conference rooms, and a collaborative learning area.
Five of the Gilbert High School Sustainability Curriculum graduates have now taken the LEED Green Associates exam. Three of them can now proudly claim to be the first High School students in the nation to graduate from a Sustainability program, pass the LEED GA exam, and hold this Green Building credential.
The LEED Green Associate credential demonstrates a solid foundation in green building principles and practices. From marketers to lawyers, landscape architects to education professionals, and product manufacturers to policymakers, LEED Green Associates enjoy a broad understanding of sustainability that bolsters their careers and enhances their lives. LEED Green Associates earn their credential by passing a two-hour, computer-based exam comprising 100 randomly delivered multiple-choice questions.
Melissa Le Roy, SC Chapter Executive Director said, “These new LEED Green Associates along with the other LEED professionals in SC will help to ensure that South Carolina continues to lead in transforming the building industry.”
For more information on the curriculum or to have your school involved, please contact Melissa Le Roy, 843-329-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About USGBC SC Chapter
USGBC, South Carolina Chapter is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to transform the way buildings and communities in South Carolina are designed, built, and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. The SC Chapter works closely with the U.S. Green Building Council and its Chapters across the country to promote green building education and is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our state through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
With a community comprising over 1,500 LEED Professionals, USGBC SC is a diverse constituency of builders, architects, engineers, environmentalists, corporations, nonprofit organizations, elected officials, and concerned citizens.
Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of the energy consumption, and 13% of the water consumption. This makes green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and green building has the potential to generate thousands of SC jobs.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings. Over 51,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 10.4 billion square feet in the US and 130 countries. In addition, there are nearly 32,000 certified homes and nearly 96,000 registered homes under the LEED for Homes rating system.
South Carolina currently has 1,115 LEED Certified buildings: 504 homes, 108 schools, 21 State buildings, and 482 commercial buildings with 13 million SF of certified building space.
By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the community. For more information, visit www.usgbcsc.org.