USGBC and Pearson Partner to Launch Online Program for LEED Green Associate Credential


New Online Program Targets 3,000 People for LEED Credentials Annually

Washington, DC – August 22, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has partnered with Pearson to launch USGBC’s online workforce education program for the LEED Green Associate credential. The program includes online courses to help learners successfully prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam and learn green building strategies and techniques.

USGBC’s LEED green building rating system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Nearly 190,000 professionals have earned LEED professional credentials, demonstrating their knowledge of green building and the LEED program. The new online education program will annually target 3,000 first-time LEED learners and more advanced students seeking their LEED credentials.

Pearson is providing nine LEED online courses in healthcare, business, construction and hospitality and tourism. Course content covers knowledge assessment, remediation, self-paced material and practice exams. All online courses will be available in fall 2012.

Pearson is also providing two of USGBC’s print titles to prepare students for the Green Building Certification Building Institute’s LEED Green Associate Exam: Green Building and LEED Core Concepts, which explains the fundamental tenets of green building, offers strategies for implementation and provides specific case studies; and USGBC LEED Green Associate Study Guide. These titles are available now.

“Buildings across the globe offer us a significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85 percent of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs,” said Beth Holst, VP of Strategic Alliances for USGBC. “Partnering with Pearson ensures proven content and substantial market reach so that together we can equip an eager and enthusiastic workforce to meet green building demand head-on.”

“The rapid growth in green energy and building underscores the strong need for workforce training in this area,” said Leah Jewell, President of Pearson Health Science and Careers. “We’re honored to partner with an organization that is helping to spur job growth while contributing to a healthier environment in communities across the nation.”

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future 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. For more information,

About Pearson
Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO). The company provides innovative print and digital education materials, including personalized learning programs such as MyLab/Mastering, education services including custom publishing, and content-independent platforms including the EQUELLA digital repository and Pearson LearningStudio online learning platform. Pearson Workforce Education offers comprehensive workforce education solutions, including jobs market research analysis, curriculum design and development, customizable, modular online courses, and professional development for instructors, that enable workforce education program managers to offer courses that match the specific employment needs of their local area.


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