High school sustainability curriculum helps students achieve LEED Green Associate in South Carolina
South Carolina recently became the first state to offer a High School Sustainability Curriculum program, developed by the USGBC South Carolina Chapter, which now boasts graduates who have achieved their LEED Green Associate credentials.
Students in the Sustainability Curriculum program learn how to use materials, energy, room size, and orientation to improve building efficiency and minimize environmental impacts. Following their time in the program, three Sustainability Curriculum graduates of Gilbert High School’s Center for Sustainable Solutions went on to pass the LEED Green Associate exam, demonstrating a solid foundation in green building principles and practices. These new LEED Green Associates, along with the other LEED professionals in the state, will help to ensure that South Carolina can lead in transforming the building industry.
The chapter began working with Gilbert High School and presenting sponsor Control Management, Inc. (CMI) in 2011 to design an 18-week curriculum for the school’s Center for Sustainable Solutions. The Sustainability Curriculum program provides an overview of the LEED process and allows students to explore environmentally conscious design techniques in residential and commercial building construction. The program was piloted at the University of South Carolina in 2012 and Gilbert High School successfully completed its first semester in May 2013. The Gilbert High School building is registered to attain LEED Silver, and offers a renewable energy systems lab, environmental science lab, two conference rooms, and a collaborative learning area.
For more information on the Sustainability Curriculum, or to get your school involved, please contact Melissa Le Roy, 843-329-3131 or [email protected]