Wrangling the White Elephant - Reuse Spurring Revitalization.

This course discusses a case study in Cleveland, OH, Saint Luke’s Manor, including LEED Neighborhood Development certification of the site and LEED New Construction aspects of the building, as well as the financial challenges and operational issues overcome to convert this building into an affordable housing solution.

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Transforming the Materials Market via Radical Transparency

This course looks at how manufacturers and consumers can promote transparency and the elimination of toxic chemicals through better communication. The course covers the challenges of eliminating Red List ingredients from a project, manufacturer barriers to transparency, and how Declare’s reporting protocol aligns with that of other programs.

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The Power of Zero: Optimizing Value for Next Gen Green

This course discusses the cost/benefit implications of building to Zero Net Energy and Living Building Challenge standards. It looks closely at the construction costs of next generation green buildings, and compares it to both LEED and non-LEED buildings. It also compares high-performance buildings to their energy goals and strategies.

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Affordable Green Neighborhoods Support Public Health

This course looks at the value of LEED-ND to support the creation of healthier, more sustainable communities that improve public health. The course covers the theory, principles, and measures of improving public health through the built environment in accordance with LEED-ND; how health indicators can support the design of healthy, sustainable communities; and presents case studies where LEED-ND principles have resulted in more sustainable communities that improve public health.

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What We Can Learn from LEED's Critics

This course will look at meta-critiques of LEED and the USGBC including specific complaints, how USGBC responded to these complaints, and what can be learned from them.

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A LEED School: Renovation, Addition, Community, & Curriculum.

This course looks at the process of creating and getting support for cost-effective green schools. The course covers issues such as the synergies between LEED credits and categories to maximize sustainability, how to develop a green school curriculum using the building as a teaching tool, and how to get-buy in support and identify key stakeholders.

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LEED for Healthcare: Lessons Learned from the First 3 Years

This course looks at key lessons learned from the application of LEED for Healthcare 2009 on active projects around the U.S. and the world, and describes changes made to LEED HC 2009 as well as new approaches incorporated into LEED HC v4. The course covers challenges to meeting the rating system and credit requirements and how projects have overcome them, and identifies the most appropriate project types for LEED HC as well as how to apply these credits to other building types such as healthcare renovation projects.

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LEED, Materials and Health

This course looks at the goals and progress to date of a grant the USGBC received from Google, and includes discussion of the thinking behind the LEED v4 Materials Ingredients credit background as it relates to this grant.

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Curiosities, Proposals and Innovations from LEED Projects Abroad

This course looks at LEED as a global rating system and discusses the challenges and opportunities in implementing LEED outside the United States.

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Code Dread: Keeping up with ASHRAE and LEED.

This course looks at the major changes to ASHRAE 90.1-2010 through the lens of a case study project where energy modeling was used to determine the new standard’s effects on energy savings and LEED certification.

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