UC San Diego Extension offers USGBC approved sustainability courses

As the boom in energy-efficient commercial and residential construction continues, demand for green building professionals also continues to rise. In fact, according to the U.S. Green Building Council, jobs that require Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation grew 46 percent in 2014. Through a recent designation as a USGBC education provider, UC San Diego Extension is helping to accommodate that employment growth through several courses, many offered in an online format, which are part of its Sustainable Business Practices and Facilities Management Certificate programs. The USGBC sets the standards for the green building industry in the United States and abroad through its LEED Green Building Rating System certification program. All 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.

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