Courses available through University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) Extension’s Sustainable Business Practices and Facilities Management Certificate programs—many offered in an online format—have been approved by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
All Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) professionals are required to maintain their credential by earning continuing-education hours. LEED Green Associates must earn 15 continuing-education hours within two years of earning their credential. LEED accredited professionals must earn 30 continuing-education hours within two years of earning their credential.
"We are excited to work with the USGBC to meet the education needs of this growing sector and to help these professionals not only enhance their knowledge, but also to advance in their careers," Laura Fandino, director of environment and sustainability for UC San Diego Extension, said.
The USGBC-approved courses include:
- Facilities Operations & Maintenance.
- Sustainable and Environmental Management Reporting.
- Innovation and Integration of Sustainable Practices.
- Sustainable Development Practices.
As part of its newly launched Environmental and Sustainability Department, UC San Diego Extension recently partnered with National University to offer a master's degree in sustainability management. UC San Diego Extension also offers a variety of standalone courses and workshops related to urban planning, environmental management, and sustainability. For more information on UC San Diego Extension Environment & Sustainability courses, click here.
Jobs that require LEED Accreditation grew 46 percent in 2014, according to the USGBC.