Workforce training for disadvantaged communities priority populations

GBRI Sustainability & Green Building Workforce Training for Disadvantaged & Priority Communities

The environmental and infrastructure problems we face are as much social as they are technical. From environmental to social impacts, Climate Change is affecting more than just global temperature. Not only does Climate Change impact our daily lives, but it’s also driving us apart. While it’s easy and almost convenient to see the Climate Change problem in a silo, and Climate Change solutions in a silo – it’s much more than that – its environment, biodiversity, economics, social justice – its sustainability of our planet, and the people and all living beings that aim to thrive on it. 

Acknowledging the problem, educating ourselves of the opportunities and solutions, and taking meaningful actions is what drives GBRI. Our actions have far-reaching implications. Therefore, we need to act now and bring in a shift in fundamentally how we interact within our communities. 

In addition to our mission to make sustainability education accessible and affordable, we also believe that a truly sustainable world must also be an equitable one. In pursuit of creating an equitable world, as a global leader in sustainability and green building education, GBRI is also dedicated in creating sustainable communities around the world through education, empowerment, and partnership. It is also through this mindset that we have been able to align ourselves with likeminded community focused organizations working to shape a more environmentally conscious and socially equitable tomorrow identified in this proposal.

GBRI is working with several community-based organizations in New York City to empower Disadvantaged & Priority Communities through GBRI’s proposed Sustainability & Green Building Workforce Training. The objective of this proposal is to provide these trainings at no cost to students. 

The objective of this proposal is to build upon GBRI’s existing sustainability training curriculum to develop and implement a hands-on sustainability workforce training solution, experiential learning, and continued education for students. Through this proposal, GBRI is committed to reducing barriers and making sustainability and green building training accessible to disadvantaged and priority populations.

Training 1 - Sustainability, Green Buildings and You

Training 1 is an introductory course designed to educate students and professionals with/without a college degree about the impact of our built environment on people, planet and profit along with introducing us to the world of sustainability, and how it applies to the built environment. This technical training will discuss the impact of buildings on climate change, role of clean energy technologies, net zero energy (NZE) buildings, LEED rating system, GPRO, NZE retrofits in New York, etc. The 2-hour course will look at how building green is a force for change and how green workforce training can enhance one’s prospects in an ever-growing green economy! The training program will be delivered live online and also available on-demand for those who are unable to attend the meetings live. Upon successfully completing the course and a multiple-choice quiz, students will earn a socially shareable certificate and the Sustainability and Green Building Trailblazer badge.

Duration: 2 hours.

Delivery Format: Online Live and Online On-demand with a multiple-choice quiz

Expected Number of Students: 100 per batch for a total of 400

By the conclusion of this training program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of sustainability & green buildings
  • Explore the role of green buildings in sustainability, understand the benefits and distinguish the green building process
  • Analyze the LEED rating system and how it addresses environmental issues
  • Explore job opportunities within the sustainability & green building sector
  • Get inspired from a green building case study
  • Earn the GBRI Sustainability and Green Building Trailblazer badge

Training 2 - Sustainability and Green Building Associate

Successful completion of Training 1 is a prerequisite to Training 2. Training 2 is ideal for students and adults who are also interested in earning the USGBC LEED Green Associate Credential. Based on their schedule, students may attend a 1 day in-person training or 4-week instructor-led live exam prep sessions or utilize self-paced online on-demand exam prep modules. GBRI LEED Green Associate Exam Prep includes a study guide, 5 LEED Green Associate practice exams simulated like the actual exam, flash cards, memory charts, and section wise quiz questions. The training program will utilize a hybrid approach (in-person, online live and online on-demand) in teaching the content. LEED Green Associate (GA) is the first step in establishing yourself as a serious green building professional whether you’re a student, recent graduate or a professional.

Duration: 30 hours total with a suggested roadmap of 4-7 Weeks

Delivery Format – Hybrid (One Day in-Person, Online Live, and On-Demand)

Expected Number of Students:  50 per batch for a total of 200

By the conclusion of this training program, students will be able to achieve:
  • Strong foundational knowledge in sustainability, green buildings, climate change and clean energy.
  • Fundamental knowledge of sustainability initiatives, Net zero buildings and green building rating systems 
  • Ability to pass the USGBC LEED Green Associate Exam
  • Earn 15 AIA Learning Units
  • Earn GBRI’s International Sustainability & Green Building Associate Certificate, and badge
  • Earn GBRI Climate Change Warrior and Champion Certificate, and badge
  • Eligibility for next level

Training 3 – Sustainability & Green Building Professional – New Construction and/or Existing Buildings

Training 3 is ideal for students who have completed training 1 and 2. This technical training will be developed using GPRO and the LEED rating system as it relates to building design and construction, and existing buildings operations and maintenance. Students may choose between 2 paths: Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C) or Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M). The training program will utilize a hybrid approach (in-person, online live and online on-demand) in teaching the content. In addition to core sustainability topics, students will be encouraged to present on research topic they are interested in. Weekly online meetings with students will also include soft skills training, resume building and training on public speaking.

Duration: 40 hours total with a suggested roadmap of 7-10 Weeks

Delivery Format – Hybrid (2 Days in-Person, Online Live, and On-Demand)

Expected Number of Students:  35 per batch for a total of 140

By the conclusion of this training program, students will be able to achieve:

  • Strong understanding of sustainability concepts as it relates to buildings
  • Strong understanding of energy efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and water heating, building electrification, building envelope- insulation and fenestration, energy efficient lighting and controls, and renewable energy systems
  • Strong understanding of Existing Building Retrofit using LEED Operations & Maintenance, and GPRO
  • Ability to earn the LEED AP credential in Building Design or Operations & Maintenance
  • Earn 30 AIA Learning Units
  • Earn GBRI’s International Sustainability & Green Building Professional Certificate 
  • Earn GBRI Climate Change Ambassador Certificate
  • Eligibility for next level

Training 4 – LEED Project Experience Experiential Learning – New Construction and/or Existing Buildings

Training 4 is ideal for students who have completed training 1, 2 and the respective track under training 3. This technical training will be developed using the LEED rating system as it relates to building design and construction, and existing buildings operations and maintenance. During the course of the training, students will work on an actual LEED existing building project for hands on experience to learn sustainability concepts, LEED credits, LEED documentation, RetrofitNY for ZNE, ASHRAE Level-1 Energy Audit, preparing and implementing construction pollution prevention plan, construction waste management, green cleaning plan, calculating water efficiency, renewable energy credits, material recycle content, etc. This training is designed to simulate actual project meetings where students will assume roles of sustainability professionals, work on project specific problems, solutions and also engage in creating and delivering presentations. Students are expected to build upon the skills attained from previous levels to apply their knowledge on an actual green building project.

Duration: 100 hours with a suggested roadmap of 12-14 Weeks

Delivery Format – Hybrid (In-Person, Online Live, and On-Demand)

Expected Number of Students:  25 per batch for a total of 100

By the conclusion of this training program, students will be able to achieve:

  • Strong technical understanding of sustainability concepts as it relates to buildings
  • Strong understanding of energy efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and water heating, building electrification, building envelope- insulation and fenestration, energy efficient lighting and controls, and renewable energy systems
  • Strong understanding of Existing Building Retrofit using LEED Operations & Maintenance, and GPRO
  • Earn 30 AIA Learning Units
  • Earn GBRI’s International Green Construction Manager and/or International Green Project Manager Certificate 

Training 5 – Advanced Training on Energy and Daylighting Simulation Using Computer Programs + Softskills

Duration: 100 hours with a suggested roadmap of 7-10 Weeks

Delivery Format – Online Live and On-Demand

Expected Number of Students:  25 per batch for a total of 100

Training 5 is ideal for students who have completed training 1,2 and 3 and are looking for advanced skills. This training will be offered online using Equest software and will include general energy modeling intros to in-depth LEED models. Extensive eQUEST training package includes the how to’s of basic wizards through advanced functions including step by step demo’s within the popular eQUEST software. 
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