EcoRise’s Green Building Academy provides opportunities for educators and green professionals to promote sustainability education, advance climate stability through green building, develop and scale a green workforce, and foster environmental equity.

View our portfolio of resources below to learn how you and your team can help inspire the next generation of leaders to design a sustainable future for all – through green building!



Green Building Institute

This three-day institute is designed to prepare high school, CTE, and college faculty to support students as they develop the skills and knowledge necessary to acquire their very own LEED Green Associate credential. During the Institute, participants explore energy and water efficiency, clean HVAC, campus-based recycling programs, and planning for smart growth. Participants also explore the student-centered and inquiry-driven lessons embedded in our green building curriculum, LEED® Prep: Green Building Lessons for a Sustainable Future.

Click here for more information on our Green Building Institute for the summer, 2020.

“The LEED Prep Institute was a great way to see how teachers from around the country, and who teach a variety of different subjects, are engaging their students in sustainability.”
—Green Building Institute Attendee

Austin Institute Attendees Touring the University of Texas’ LEED Certified Student Activity Center, August 2019.

LEED Prep Curriculum
The LEED® Prep: Green Building Lessons for a Sustainable Future is a standards-aligned course that gives students a thorough understanding of green building principles and LEED requirements to prepare them for taking the LEED Green Associate™ Exam and becoming a LEED Green Associate professional. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program from the USGBC®.

As the field of green building undergoes rapid growth, this course helps prepare students to enter a workforce with sought-after skills and experience. And because LEED is a global green building rating system, students with LEED credentials have skills that are in demand internationally.

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Earn a LEED® v4 Innovation Credit: School as a Teaching Tool

EcoRise partners with leading-edge design firms to provide a framework for obtaining the LEED: Green Building Education credit for a LEED-certified building. Obtaining the point requires close collaboration between school leadership, green building project contractors, and EcoRise. Contact us to learn more about how we support the design and implementation of a STEM-based program that help connect students to the architecture and design of new school buildings. View a sample Stakeholder agreement here.

For more information, contact Gamal Sherif at

Green Building Mentors

Student Mentors

EcoRise – in partnership with school districts and universities – is seeking inspirational green building professionals to serve as student mentors. Student mentors will provide guidance, real-world work experience, and the professional connections necessary to develop and sustain a dynamic workforce, particularly for those from underrepresented groups such as women and students of color.

If you are interested in mentoring student interns, please complete this form.

Teacher Coaches

EcoRise is seeking professionals who can mentor, provide guidance, and lend their expertise to LEED Prep teachers throughout the school year. Teachers deeply appreciate working with mentors – green industry professionals with experience in design, construction, energy, or sustainability – because student learning becomes more authentic.

If you are interested in mentoring a LEED Prep Teacher, fill out this form.

Green Building Partnerships


The first three LEED Green Associates to become credentialed before graduating high school at Norfolk County Agricultural High with teacher Peter Kane, May 2019.

EcoRise and Eversource are teaming up to provide Massachusetts high school teachers with innovative green building curriculum and professional learning opportunities to prepare students to become the next generation of green professionals. In the 2018–19 school year, six students acquired the LEED Green Associate credential. The program has grown from seven schools and nine teachers in 2018–19 to nine schools and 15 teachers in the 2019–20 school year.


In Austin, Texas, EcoRise is working with a multitude of partners to create a first of its kind, scalable, innovative design and engineering internship program for historically underserved students. The LEED Prep Internship is being piloted this school year at Akins Early College High School in Austin ISD. Six students have been selected for an internship with BLGY Architecture Firm where they will participate in the design and building process of Austin ISD’s LEED-certified Blazier Elementary.

Other partners include the City of Austin, The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, Glimmer Austin, and USGBC Central Texas.

If you are interested in discussing a green building partnership with EcoRise, please contact Gamal Sherif at