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Much ado about organizational overviews

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This article was originally published in EcoBuilding Pulse on September 25, 2013.

After the first week of studying, we’re fairly certain we know what this exam is really about.

By Hallie Busta
 
For all of their boldface text and colorful highlighting, the study materials that the USGBC recommends to those preparing for its Green Associate exam don’t hesitate to plunge into the nitty-gritty of LEED and the USGBC. So far, that level of detail is proving to be both cumbersome and reassuring.

As I mentioned in last week’s post, this project is as much an attempt to learn the language of LEED as it is an opportunity to examine the most pervasive green-building certification system in North America at a time when some are questioning its efficacy. So when I cracked open what the USGBC calls its Study Bundle Saturday afternoon, I was anticipating a hefty overview of the USGBC, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), and LEED—a section that colleagues who’ve already taken the exam advise reading carefully. And that’s exactly what I found.

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