Penn State Wilkes-Barre helps others to 'go green'

"Going green" is on so many minds today, especially in the building and construction industry, but just what does it mean to be a "green" company? And how does one "go green?" Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education is here to help. In the next month, Penn State Wilkes-Barre will be a host site for two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) seminars.

From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, a LEED Green Associate Exam prep course will be offered. This course is designed for anyone interested in preparing to take the LEED Green Associate exam and will highlight such topics as green building practices and principles, project site factors, water management, project systems and energy impacts, and acquisition, installation and management of project materials.

The following week, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, the LEED-AP+ Building Design and Construction Exam prep course will be held at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Highlighted in this program will be an overview of LEED rating systems, sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design.

In addition, Penn State Wilkes-Barre will host a Green Advantage program at NEPA Alliance in Pittston, Pa. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 6. The goals of this program are to understand and enforce the core concepts of construction principles behind sustainable buildings and integrate green practices and strategies into construction processes. Participants in this program will become knowledgeable about the LEED rating system and learn how to lighten the impact on the environment, save energy and improve health conditions of construction workers and building occupants. Participants can become Green Advantage certified by successfully completing the 90-minute exam that will be offered at the end of the course.

For more information on these and other great opportunities provided by Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education, call 570-675-9253 or visit the Continuing Education department Web site at http://www.wb.psu.edu/CE/30991.htm?cn21D online.

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Last Updated August 24, 2009