This LEED® Prep: Green Building Lessons for a Sustainable Future course 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 United States Green Building Council® (USGBC®).

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As the field of green building experiences explosive growth, this course helps prepare students to enter a workforce with sought-after skills and experience. And because LEED is the only global green building rating system, students with LEED certification have skills that are in demand internationally. In this course, students delve into what sustainability means to them personally and to the built environment; they examine practical aspects of green building, such as net-zero energy, sustainably sourced materials, and healthy air quality; and they practice designing green building components such as sustainable sites and efficient water systems. Whether students who take this course become LEED Green Associates or not, the course helps them develop a sustainability mindset, empowering them to improve the health of the planet one project at a time.

The complete curriculum, LEED® Prep: Green Building Lessons for a Sustainable Future, includes:

  • 7 modules that are based upon the LEED Knowledge Domains from the LEED rating system’s credit categories.
  • 42 thorough and engaging lessons that apply concepts and strategies relevant to the USGBC’s LEED rating system, guiding students through the many facets of applying sustainable design to the built environment and preparing students for the LEED Green Associate (GA) certification exam.
  • Discounted access to the LEED GA Study Bundle—the Study Bundle includes the LEED Core Concepts Guide and the LEED Green Associate Study Guide, which further support students as they prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam.

MODULE 1: Introduction to Sustainability and Building Design

Lesson 1: Eco-‘Systems’
Lesson 2: The Carbon Dilemma
Lesson 3: Feedback Loops
Lesson 4: Building for the Future
Lesson 5: Regenerative Design
Lesson 6: Integrated Design Project

MODULE 2: Location, Transportation, and Sustainable Sites

Lesson 1: Building Together
Lesson 2: Greening Brownfields
Lesson 3: Greenscaping
Lesson 4: Solving Stormwater
Lesson 5: Curbing the Heat
Lesson 6: Integrating Transportation

MODULE 3: Water Efficiency

Lesson 1: Water: A Limited Resource
Lesson 2: Water Inside and Out
Lesson 3: What Is Water Quality?
Lesson 4: Indoor Innovations
Lesson 5: Outdoor Overhaul
Lesson 6: Water Solutions for the Future

MODULE 4: Energy and Atmosphere

Lesson 1: Envisioning Energy in Buildings
Lesson 2: Harvesting Free Energy
Lesson 3: Using Energy Smart Designs
Lesson 4: Prioritizing High-Performance Solutions
Lesson 5: Seeking Net Zero
Lesson 6: Keeping Track

MODULE 5: Materials and Resources

Lesson 1: The Built Environment
Lesson 2: Scrap Reduction
Lesson 3: Sustainably Sourced Materials
Lesson 4: Material Impacts
Lesson 5: Building Deconstruction
Lesson 6: Waste Management

MODULE 6: Indoor Environmental Quality

Lesson 1: Sick Building Syndrome
Lesson 2: Invisible Hazards
Lesson 3: Indoor Emissions
Lesson 4: Clean Construction
Lesson 5: Air Quality Measurement
Lesson 6: Comfort Is Key

MODULE 7: Innovation and Design Process

Lesson 1: U.S. Green Building Council
Lesson 2: LEED Rating Systems and Structures
Lesson 3: Innovation in Design
Lesson 4: Regional Priorities
Lesson 5: Synergistic Strategies
Lesson 6: Whole Building Design

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Documents Available for Download

LEED Prep Curriculum Suite Overview (pdf)