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Marymount Offers LEED Course as First University Partner of U.S. Green Building Council

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Marymount University is the first four-year institution in the country to be licensed as a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Authorized Education Delivery Partner. USGBC, the developer of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building program, provides top quality educational programs on green design, construction, and operations for professionals in all sectors of the building industry.

Beth Holst, vice president for Strategic Alliances and Business Partners at USGBC, explains, “The Authorized Education Delivery Partner Network enables us to provide USGBC’s innovative and valuable curriculum to a rapidly growing global community.”

In the fall, Marymount will begin offering a one-day LEED course at its Reston Center that will prepare individuals to take a LEED professional exam. In a competitive industry, LEED professional credentials identify leaders in green building, who are knowledgeable about the evolving LEED rating systems.

Marymount’s undergraduate and graduate Interior Design (ID) programs include a green-design focus and LEED content. And, ID faculty members Jean Freeman and Doug Seidler both hold LEED credentials. As a result, Marymount ID graduates will be prequalified to take the LEED exam.

Larry Hoffman, director of Marymount’s Reston Center, points out, “We’re excited that this new partnership with USGBC enables us to provide a much needed service in our region. I’ve already received a request from a local government for training, so that their people don’t have to travel to Atlanta. Sustainable building practices are taking hold, and we need more LEED professionals. We’re also proud to offer our Interior Design students state-of-the-art instruction in green building methods.”

LEED 201: Core Concepts and Strategies
First offered: Friday, September 7, Marymount University’s Reston Center (1861 Wiehle Avenue)
Cost:   USGBC members - $245 before August 24; $275 for late registration
            Non-USGBC members - $295 before August 24; $345 for late registration