San Diego — As the boom in energy efficient commercial and residential construction continues, demand for green building professionals also continues to rise. In fact, jobs that require LEED Accreditation grew 46 percent in 2014, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). 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 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (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.

"We are excited to work with the USGBC to meet the education needs of this growing sector and to help these professionals not only enhance their knowledge but also to advance in their careers," said Laura Fandino, director of environment and sustainability at UC San Diego Extension.

UC San Diego Extension's current USGBC-approved courses include:

  • Clean Energy – Clean Tech Facilities Operations and Maintenance
  • Sustainable and Environmental Management Reporting
  • Innovation and Integration of Sustainable Practices
  • Resource Management
  • Sustainable Development Practices

As part of the newly launched Environmental and Sustainability Department, UC San Diego Extension recently partnered with National University to offer a Master's of Science in Sustainability Management. Extension also offers a variety of standalone courses and workshops related to urban planning, environmental management and sustainability.

Explore the Environment & Sustainability programs and courses that UC San Diego Extension offers at http://extension.ucsd.edu/studyarea/index.cfm?vAction=saDetail&vStudyAreaID=107.

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