Penn Professionals Learning to LEED

October 8, 2009

In July, some 60 staff members from Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES), the School of Medicine, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Science and Dining Services gathered for a half-day “Green Building Basics and LEED” workshop.

Attendance at this session represents the first step toward employee LEED certification under the 2009 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.

Workshop participants may go on to become ambassadors in green design, construction, and operations as “Green Associates” or LEED Accredited Professionals in specialty areas such as Design & Construction and Operations & Maintenance. Topics covered included an introduction to the LEED rating system’s six main categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation in Design, as well as discussion of the new LEED v.3 point system, case studies, and credentialing requirements.

FRES hopes that the session will help staff members facilitate Penn’s commitment to LEED Silver certification for all major projects and increase awareness of sustainability’s role in the University’s approach to its physical environment.
Workshop feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many participants reporting an increased understanding of the LEED rating system and a desire to pursue Green Associate or LEED AP accreditation. Other schools and centers have stated their interest in running similar workshops in the coming months.


Staff Eco-Reps represent more than 1,400 individuals that meet monthly to share best sustainable practices. 

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