Thomas Edison State College in NJ Awards Course Credit for LEED Professional Credentials | U.S. Green Building Council
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 15, 2013) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced LEED Professional Credentials have been approved for college credit through New Jersey’s State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) initiative. SESP is the result of an award to the NJ State Employment and Training Commission from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration to support employment growth and retention within the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

The LEED Green Associate qualifies for three college credit hours, and the LEED AP BD+C and AP O+M each qualify for five college credit hours at Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey (when earned after June 30, 2009). The state’s New Jersey Pathways Leading Apprentices to College Education (NJ PLACE) program, which facilitated Thomas Edison State College’s review of the LEED Professional Credentials for the SESP, has identified two associate and two bachelor degree pathways at the college for LEED credential-holders wishing to use these credits toward an industry-related college degree. 

Thomas Edison State College’s programs can be accessed worldwide, so anyone who has earned one of the qualifying LEED Professional Credentials, along with several other nationally-recognized green credentials, can take advantage of this opportunity to earn college credit. Credits earned for LEED Professional Credentials are mapped to specific undergraduate degree programs at Thomas Edison State College. Students can enroll directly into one of the related degrees, use the credits as electives toward another program of study, or seek to transfer the credit to another college or university. 

“Students are the next generation of leaders in the green building movement, and providing them with the opportunity to earn college credit while gaining valuable, technical knowledge is next step toward a marketplace transformed by cutting-edge green building practices,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “I applaud the efforts of Thomas Edison State College and NJ Place for giving these students the opportunity to put their education to use in a booming industry.”

This initiative showcases a growing trend in higher education to stack industry-recognized credentials into college degrees. With new jobs specifying the need for expertise in LEED, the LEED Professional Credential helps professionals stand out by increasing opportunity for employment, job stability, promotion, and now college degree attainment, while underscoring value to LEED project teams and sustainability-focused organizations.

A LEED Professional Credential signifies active participation in the green building movement and contribution of expertise to the design, construction, operations and maintenance of buildings and neighborhoods that save energy, use fewer resources, reduce pollution, and contribute to healthier environments for their occupants and the community. To learn more about LEED Professional Credentials, visit

To see the full list of qualifying certifications and for more information on the program, visit or


Mallory Shelter
Communications Specialist, USGBC



About the U.S. Green Building Council

USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) and connect on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

About the NJ State Energy Sector Partnership

The SESP Program is the result of a $6M contract awarded to the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission from January 2010-June 2013 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The main goals of the program are to foster the development of New Jersey’s unemployed and incumbent workforce to meet the demands of the energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other industries where jobs produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources. An additional goal is to have these individuals acquire portable, nationally-recognized industry credentials.  For more information, please visit


NJ PLACE is the New Jersey Pathways Leading Apprentices to a College Education program sponsored by the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, administered by the NJ State Employment and Training Commission, and housed at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. For more information, please visit

About Thomas Edison State College

Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One ofNew Jersey’s 11 senior public institutions of higher education, the College offers associate, bachelor and master degrees in more than 100 areas of study. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. Identified by Forbes magazine as one of the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation in the use of technology to create learning opportunities for adults, Thomas Edison State College is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The College is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College. For more information, visit


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