Why I’m taking the LEED Green Associate exam
This article was originally published in EcoBuilding Pulse on September 18, 2013.
Two editors take an eight-week journey down the path to LEED accreditation.
By Hallie Busta
In a pitch to EcoBuilding Pulse’s technology editor last month, I made a case for why a person with little—but growing!—industry experience in sustainable design should pursue LEED accreditation through the organization’s Green Associate certification, and why the process would be worth writing about. As a LEED AP herself, she bit. Now, as I await the arrival of my exam prep books and try to carve large chunks of study time out of the next eight weeks, I’m beginning to question my initial zeal.
The LEED Green Associate Exam is issued by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), a third-party organization established in 2008 to administer the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED building certifications and professional accreditations. While the only requirement is that the candidate be at least 18 years old at test time, individuals should “have exposure to LEED and green building concepts through educational courses, volunteering, or work experience prior to testing,” the exam’s Candidate Handbook says. Well, I’m 23 years old, I’m employed to write about sustainable building products and technology, and I work with sources and colleagues who've taken and passed the test. So, it’s time I publicly commit to doing the same.