LISC Hosts LEED Green Associate Training

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Steve Griffith - April 3, 2014

On March 18th, LISC partnered with the Massachusetts Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-MA) to host an intensive, one-day LEED Green Associate training. The LEED Green Associate accreditation, achieved by passing the requisite exam, is the first tier of professional credentialing offered by the Green Building Certification Institute. In preparation of the exam, this training delved into the fundamental principles of the LEED green building rating system, including water efficiency, clean energy, indoor air quality, and waste management strategies.


The session was led by Chris Liston, Director of Energy and Sustainability at CBRE and member of the USGBC-MA Board of Directors, with more than thirty in attendance. Participants included CDC representatives and building management staff from Boston LISC’s Green Retrofit Initiative, as well as other community development, energy, and planning professionals and graduate students. While all participants were encouraged to arrive with the LEED Green Associate guidebook in hand, the event was offered at no cost!


As a graduate planning student myself, I was thrilled at the opportunity to learn the basics of the LEED rating system and potentially attain a professional credential. Chris introduced the various rating systems offered by LEED, the different credit sections and strategies, and the process by which a project team would certify their developments, along with helpful tips and pneumonic devices (one that especially stuck with me referenced a showerhead incident in an early-90s episode of Seinfield). Did you know LEED projects reduce energy and water consumption by more than 20 percent in comparison to the average building?


Following the training, and a few more hours of self-study, I sat for the exam, passed it, and have earned LEED Green Associate accreditation. The training prepared me extremely well for the exam, and I am confident that other attendees will also succeed in their pursuit of the credential. A big thanks to all involved in this wonderful event!


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