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Higher education students will receive 50 percent discount to support future sustainability careers

Washington, D.C. – (Jan. 5, 2015) – Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced for the first time that students will be able to take the LEED Green Associate exam for a reduced fee of $100. The regular exam price is $200 for USGBC members and $250 for non-members.

“As the need for STEM-centric professionals with proven experience and expertise grows, USGBC hopes to empower young professionals to take their studies to the next level and be well equipped to successfully move forward in the green building industry,” said Jaime Van Mourik, director of Higher Education at USGBC.

Students pursuing degrees in architecture, construction management, design, engineering, environmental sciences, natural resources management, and more, will find the credential helpful as they venture into the working world. LEED Green Associates have a documented, up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices.

“USGBC is committed to supporting the next generation of emerging sustainability professionals and expanding the reach of the green building movement,” says Van Mourik. “We understand the struggles many students face with debt, the unpredictable job market and cost of living once they graduate. By making the test more affordable, we hope students can focus on what matters – dreaming big and achieving the next major milestones in the sustainability industry and beyond.”

According to USGBC’s 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton, the green construction sector is outpacing overall construction growth in the U.S. and will account for more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs by 2018. As the industry continues to grow, the potential for job security, advancement and professional fulfillment for graduates is significant.

Colleges and universities are preparing students for industry growth through classes like LEED Lab, a multidisciplinary immersion course that utilizes the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders and sustainability-focused citizens. By engaging students in coursework that is directly related to LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), the most widely used green building rating system in the world, and preparing for the LEED credentials, students are better equipped to take the Green Associate exam.

In addition to LEED Lab, USGBC works with students to transform their campuses, communities and careers through USGBC Students. USGBC Students provides a way for hundreds of young leaders to come together and participate in hands-on green building experiences on their own campuses. USGBC helps students integrate sustainability themes into their coursework, advocates for sustainable university practices and policies, and facilitates student attendance at green building conferences, events and collaborations with other student organizations, campaigns and initiatives.

Students who complete the LEED Green Associate exam will join more than 38,000 credentialed professionals. To receive the new student pricing, students must confirm enrollment at a post-secondary institution and provide their graduation date. Learn about the LEED Green Associate exam.

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Client Relations Supervisor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
It's really great that there are organizations helping students help themselves by offering student pricing! There are also organizations like GBRI who offer student pricing for exam prep material as well! For more information on student pricing for exam prep material you can email GBRI at Thanks! Felicia - GBRI
Energy Engineer, Green Living Projects
Could students of a Master Degree in Sustainable Architecture in Europe benefit from this student price?
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Valeria, Thanks for your question. As long as an individual can provide a name of their school, give a graduation date and verify they are 18 then they are eligible for the exam. So, yes, grad students do qualify for special student pricing. When you go to purchase your exam there is a box to check that asks if you're a student. Once you click the box, you will be asked to enter your school name, student ID number, and graduation date. Thanks for your interest!
Energy Engineer, Green Living Projects
Thank you Jackie. Does the graduation date should be later than the exam date?
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Valeria, I wouldn't worry about that. As long as you are a student when you register for the exam you will be able to receive student pricing. Note: after you register for the exam, you have 1 year to take the exam. I hope that helps, Valeria! We wish you well!
PhD student, University of nottingham
Hi Jackie, I've read through your comments. I'm a full-time student in UK university. Now I'm going to register the LEED exam. I found that in the registration webpage, the universities that system can recognize are only the universities in U.S. and Canada. How should I register with student price?
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Tian Meng, Thanks for your interest in LEED professional credential. When typing in your school name, please neglect the school names in the pop-up menu and keep what you have input.
Director of Sustainable Education, GreenCE, Inc.
Please define "student". Is it exclusive to students enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year degree program? Would it include 18-year old high school students? How about learners in a certificate program?
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Glen, As long as an individual can provide a name of their school, give a graduation date and verify they are 18 then they are eligible for the exam. This applies to students in high school and part time students. Thanks for asking!
Marketing Analysis, Lavish Coupon
This is great chance for Brilliant student.

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