Online Course - Green Buildings and Preparing for LEED Green Associate

  • Monday, January 31, 2011
  • Sunday, March 27, 2011
  • Online Course (course links sent to registrants one week before course start date)


  • After registering, you will receive a link from a LERN representative to access the online course.
  • After registering, you will receive a link from a LERN representative to access the online course.

This online LEED Green Associate study program is hosted by USGBC & LERN. If you have questions about the course, please feel free to contact the USGBC - Illinois Chapter office at 312-245-8300 and we will assist or direct you to an appropriate contact at LERN.

USGBC's two-month online course, 32 hours of seat- time, offered January 31 - March 27, 2011.

Get the knowledge to excel as a green professional in the new economy. Acquire an introduction to sustainability and how it lays the foundation for a deeper understanding of the green building process. Participants who successfully complete this course are eligible and prepared to sit for the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate exam.

For anyone who wants more than a basic understanding of sustainability and green building concepts, including those with a stake in their company's building practices, those directly involved in green building projects, and those pursuing the LEED Green Associate professional accreditation. LEED is a third-party certification program and nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.

Course Agenda

The two-month online course provides essential knowledge of sustainable building concepts that are fundamental to all LEED Rating Systems.

It begins with an introduction to the benefits and integrative approach to green building, and a brief background on the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED, including basics of the building certification process. The core of the course presents LEED intents and concepts at the credit category level - across building types and rating systems - touching on strategies, synergies, and specific examples that are reinforced by real project case examples

Key LEED metrics and LEED referenced standards are addressed throughout. Discussion groups and interactive activities throughout the course keep you engaged and reinforce what you have learned. The course will wrap up with a review and preparation to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam.

The course includes:

  • Two USGBC publications: "Green Associate Study Guide" and "Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide."
  • Study activities and practice exam questions to prepare for LEED Green Associates exam 
  • Access to the USGBC Core Concepts and Strategies online course and other selected USGBC presentations and webinars
  • Discussions facilitated by USGBC LEED Faculty™ who are LEED Accredited Professionals with years of experience in LEED and green building.

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

  • Participants can participate as little or as much as you want.
  • You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
  • For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Access additional online readings
  • Watch Videos and recorded presentations
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, videos, activities) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.

Discussion Discussion

The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area throughout the week and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

About Your Instructors

USGBC LogoYour instructors are LEED Faculty with the U.S. Green Building Council, which is providing this course. The Faculty are LEED Accredited Professional with years of experience in LEED and green building.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a leader in sustainability and green buildings.  USGBC is a Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.

Puzzle Pieces Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

  • Define sustainable as it relates to green building
  • Describe the structure of the LEED rating system and the LEED certification process
  • Describe key green building concepts and goals associated with LEED
  • Recognize successful LEED strategies and measurements for achieving goals
  • Describe the central role of integrative design
  • Identify and explain synergies among LEED credit categories and strategies
  • Describe case studies that represent LEED best practices
  • Gain knowledge needed to apply for the LEED Green Associate Exam

Future course offerings:
April 4 - May 29, 2011,
June 6 - July 31, 2011, and
September 6 - October 30, 2011

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