The U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter is launching a first round of “green professionals” (GPRO) courses that target on-the-ground building professionals who seek to integrate sustainable practices into their core knowledge , according to a February 7 report by Construction & Demolition Recycling.
The full GPRO program offers a series of classes that lead to a certificate exam, the news outlet said. Materials cover the “green gap” between standard trade skills and the new knowledge, awareness and skills required to successfully implement green building.
On an introductory scale, objectives for attendees of the “Fundamentals” class include being able to demonstrate an understanding of green building and why it’s important, work in accordance with new regulations, and have an enhanced ability to compete for and participate in green jobs.
- Construction activity pollution prevention;
- Construction waste management;
- Construction indoor air quality; and
While individuals with experience in construction (contractors, electricians, plumbers), and building operations (facilities/property managers, maintenance) will have an advantage when taking this course, anyone with an interest in green building is encouraged to participate.
“We at USGBC-LA are excited to launch this program and expand job opportunities for more building professionals, as having a sustainable building environment continues to become more and more important to homeowners, building owners, and tenants,” says USGBC-LA Executive Director Dominique Hargreaves. “With California recently ranked the fifth state in the country for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building, the importance of this type of training … will offer a tangible advantage to those behind the scenes in construction.
“We are also proud to adopt this program created by the Urban Green Council, USGBC New York, much as other USGBC chapters in California are adopting the Green Janitor Certification Program that we and our partners created here in L.A,” she said. “It is this kind of creative thinking, partnership, and sharing of successful programs that promises to benefit all involved.”
L.A.’s GPRO program follows the success over the last two-plus years of the Green Janitor Program, which has certified over 600 janitors across Los Angeles County, providing hands-on energy management and green cleaning training to address operations and maintenance practices that enable buildings to meet green performance standards, with special focus on resulting energy efficiency.