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Sustainability Consulting: What, How and Lessons Learned

GBCI: 0920011327

It’s hard to open a newspaper or magazine and not run into the term “sustainability” these days. It’s everywhere and often times you may see it loosely used. Sustainability consulting as you may expect is a field many Building Professionals who have a green building credential such as LEED are keen on. Is Sustainability consulting for everyone? How is it different than LEED consulting or Green Building Consulting? Have you ever wondered what’s it like to be a sustainability consultant? Join us as GBRI senior Research Associate Ross Diliegro explores this topic in detail.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
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Published on: November 08, 2016

Average: 4.1 (16 votes)


Many Building Professionals who have a green building credential such as LEED are keen on becoming a Sustainability consultant. Is Sustainability consulting for everyone? How is it different than LEED consulting or Green Building Consulting?, Have you ever wondered what’s it like to be a sustainability consultant? Is there a roadmap to become a successful sustainability consultant? Get all your questions answered as GBRI Senior Research Associate Ross DiLiegro walks us through the ins and outs of sustainability consulting, what it entails to be a consultant, including lessons learned from consulting on successful projects in the United States.


  1. Understand the concept of sustainability consulting
  2. Differentiate sustainability consulting and green building consulting
  3. Analyze the role of sustainability consulting
  4. Identify the processes and steps involved in sustainability consulting
  5. Learn from real sustainability case studies
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Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
San Antonio, TX
United States


Ross DiLiegro

Sustainability Project Manager
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Director, Sustainability, HDR, Inc.

Very, very entry level course and did not feel this was worth 1 CEU.

Director of Sustainability @ GBRI, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)

Hi Michaella, thank you for watching this course. As described and advertised, this is a basic level course. We hope to create more advanced courses in the future.

Project Manager, Buchart Horn, Inc/BASCO Associates, P.C.

Very helpfull for getting an impression of sustainability consulting.
Understandable, knowledgeable speaker
White on greed is sometimes hard to read. i could not switch to full screen.

E&I QA Specialist | Turnover - ️QHSE/ Supervisor/ Lead - Quality Assurance/ Turn-Over, Electrical Eng, Qualitia Ventures Corporation

Some good information but a little boring.

ACCOUNT MANAGER, ThyssenKrupp Elevator

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Construction Engineer, OBAYASHI CORPORATION

good learning. well understand.



Design & Construction Attorney, Hall & Evans, LLC

Great information. Presently clearly. I liked the use of examples. I docked it one star because I thought audio quality could have been a bit better.

Director of Sustainability @ GBRI, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)

Thank you Chloe for your feedback. We will definitely look into the audio quality.

Major, U.S. Army, Lipscomb University and Institute for Sustainable Practice
Landscape Designer, Project Manager, Habitat Landscape Architecture

Enjoyable course if you are interested in any aspect of sustainability consulting.

Precast Plant Manager, Con-Fab California LLC

A well put together and presented course. While I may never do such consulting, it is helpful to know what they do in case I need to hire one.

Walt Disney Company

Good overview of the Sustainability Consulting role and types of projects which a Sustainability Consultant might be involved in.

Assistant General Counsel, Verizon

Excellent course - engaging and informative.

C.T. Hsu + Associates, P.A

Good overview of sustainability and consulting with case studies and lessons

Project Assistant, Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company

I found this presentation to be interesting and educational.


Clarifies difference between Green Building Consulting and Sustainability consulting.

Principal, Senior Sustainability and Building Science Specialist, Morrison Hershfield Corporation
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A great session that provides some simple definitions and descriptions of what a Sustainability Consultant does. It identifies the different types of Sustainability Consulting which helps clarify that sustainability consulting isn't only related to LEED Consulting / projects.

The instructor goes through several case studies which provide great examples of companies and industry types that are using Sustainable Consultants and which ones could benefit from their services. The project examples are well laid out and goes through various possible sustainability strategies, including performing carbon accounting and developing a sustainable strategy in order to set targets for a company.

The course is a great overview into the world of sustainability consulting. I would recommend this to anyone starting out in any field of sustainability as it explains various possible types of consulting projects related to sustainable development.

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