The world is facing many environmental, economic, and social challenges. Our future depends on sustainable solutions that improve our lives without adversely affecting our ecosystem. Learn about green building, site design, and green building rating systems and credentials such as LEED.
Understand green building and LEED certification and credentialing.
Gain skills and knowledge in environmental sustainability.
Navigating Environmental Sustainability: A Guide for Leaders with Lucas Joppa
This course addresses the critical issue of environmental sustainability and what business leaders should consider as they think about their company’s effect on climate.
16m 57s • COURSE
Green Building Concepts Foundations with Fulya Kocak Gin
Discover how to design, build, operate, and certify green buildings.
1h 33m • COURSE
Introduction to LEED Certification with Fulya Kocak Gin
Earn LEED certification for your green building projects. Learn about the LEED rating system, certification process, and available prerequisites and credits.
1h 13m • COURSE
Introduction to LEED Credentialing with Fulya Kocak Gin
Show your understanding of sustainable design and construction by earning a LEED credential. In this course, explore the LEED credentialing process and how to prepare for exams.
38m 44s • COURSE
Cert Prep: LEED Green Associate with Fulya Kocak Gin
Prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam, which gives you credentials that demonstrate core competency in green building design, construction, and operations.
2h 15m • COURSE
Michelle Kaufmann's Platinum LEED Home Remodel: Start to Finish with Michelle Kaufmann
Watch Michelle Kaufman remodel a home in San Francisco to meet a growing family's needs while earning the US Green Building Council's rigorous LEED Platinum certification.
13m 53s • COURSE
Learning Design for Sustainability with Scott Boylston
Our future depends on sustainable solutions. Learn why social, economic, and ecological sustainability is important to design and to our world.
1h 38m • COURSE
Sustainability Strategies with David Bennell
Learn sustainability strategies to reduce your company's carbon footprint, mitigate risk, help your bottom line, and protect your company's brand.
56m 17s • COURSE
The Employee's Guide to Sustainability with Elizabeth Bagley
A scientist and sustainability expert distills the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into clear actions for individuals seeking ways to live and work more sustainably.
50m 47s • COURSE
You'll learn sustainability and green building skills with these experts
Environmental scientist Dr. Lucas Joppa is the chief environmental officer at Microsoft.
With a background in both environmental science and data science, the first chief environmental officer at Microsoft, Dr. Lucas Joppa, leads the development and execution of the sustainability strategy for Microsoft across its worldwide business. In this role, he drives the company's core commitment to sustainability and is committed to using the power of technology to advance a growing movement to address the world's sustainability needs. Dr. Joppa leads ambitious plans to help Microsoft become a carbon-negative, water-positive, zero-waste company, and to build a new planetary computing platform that will transform the way we monitor, model, and manage Earth's natural systems.
LEED Fellow Fulya Kocak Gin is vice president of environmental, social, and governance issues at Nareit.
In her role at Nareit—the trade association for real estate investment trusts (REITs) and publicly traded real estate companies with an interest in US real estate and capital markets—Fulya provides guidance and thought leadership for environmental, social, and governance issues for the REIT industry. In her previous role with Clark Construction Group, LLC, she developed the company's corporate sustainability strategy, coordinated environmental responsibility efforts, and helped building owners and developers meet their sustainability goals. She also developed continuing education curriculum for employees and building professionals. Prior to leading sustainability efforts, she gained operational expertise as a project manager and financial experience as a preconstruction manager.
Fulya has won multiple sustainability leadership awards, recognizing her inspirational work in growing sustainability leaders. Fulya has also authored technical and inspirational green building and sustainability leadership books.
Fulya feels privileged to come to work each day to do what she loves, believes in, and finds meaningful.
Michelle Kaufmann is an architect, designer, and advocate for smarter ways to build, design, and live.
Her mission with all her work is to make thoughtful, sustainable design accessible. With her firm, Michelle Kaufmann Studio, she specializes in sustainable lifestyle design including single-family homes, eco-luxury resorts, and multi-family communities. She is also a consultant for builders, developers, and architecture firms on sustainability and prefabrication, and most recently has been doing work with Google.
Her book, Prefab Green, describes off-site construction and the green design principles of award-winning homes she has designed. She has been featured on the Sundance Channel, HGTV, Discovery, and Planet Green, and in numerous magazines including Town & Country, Dwell, Sunset, Time, and Smithsonian.
Michelle has also had a number of her homes showcased in museums. A full-size replica of Michelle's home was built at the National Building Museum as part of the Green House exhibit, and a fully functioning three-story home designed by Michelle is on display at the Museum of Science and Industry. The home is the exhibit on green building called The Smart Home: Green + Wired. Her work has also been on display at MOCA, the Walker Art Center, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Scott Boylston is graduate coordinator of Design for Sustainability at Savannah College of Art and Design..
Scott is the author of three books, including Designing Sustainable Packaging, and a book of poems on global environmental degradation. He is cofounder and president of Emergent Structures, a non-profit organization dedicated to innovative material reclamation and re-use. He has published essays in design journals, such as Design Observer, Communication Arts, Sustainable Brands, and Print Magazine, as well as short stories in respected literary journals. He speaks internationally on design and sustainability, and holds a master's degree from Pratt Institute.
David Bennell consults on sustainability strategy and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices.
David advises a world-class international network of investors, corporations, philanthropic foundations, and NGOs on how to use sustainability to create business value and provide measurable societal benefits. He has over 15 years of experience in global ESG business practices, including strategic planning and building high-performing business programs, nonprofit organizations, and products focused on sustainability.
Elizabeth Bagley is the director of Drawdown Learn, the world's leading resource for climate solutions.
Dr. Bagley designs experiences, initiatives, and tools to connect people with information about the most impactful climate change solutions we can take to help people and the planet thrive together. She frequently speaks about sustainability solutions at conferences, workshops, academic settings, and corporate events. Elizabeth previously directed sustainability efforts at the California Academy of Sciences and designed the science content for games and books at LeapFrog.
An experienced environmental educator, Elizabeth has taught science to students of all ages. She holds joint PhDs in Environment & Resources and Educational Psychology and is serving her first term on the ACA National Board.