Fundamentals of Sustainability

Regular price $345.00

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Earn 5 PDH | .5 CEU 


This Certificate program educates and trains those who work in the sustainability sector with applicable knowledge and techniques to operate, develop and maintain zero net carbon energy buildings and their sustainability initiatives.

The course does not get into the “heavy engineering and technical” details of the subject matter. Instead, it is designed to provide practical, real-world skills needed in today's sustainable working environment and organizational goal objectives. It provides a base foundation needed for professionals to work with other team members whether that be a supporting position, leadership position, or sustainable championing position. Everyone, including staff and senior management, needs a thorough understanding of the various solutions to work with others in their organization to meet sustainability goals and benchmarks. Gain that extra advantage in your personal career path and excel in your organization as you work with team members and apply the knowledge you receive by attending this Fundamentals of Sustainability program.

Sustainability transformation is on every CEO’s agenda, but many organizations lack a sense of urgency in their implementation and are struggling to meet these ambitious and complex goals.  This course will assist all levels of operations in a company to better understand what sustainability is, how it is developed and strategically implemented, and some of the many things every individual can do to incorporate a sustainability mindset within the organization.  

The final exam will consist of 50 question quiz. You must receive a 70% passing rate to receive your certificate. You may take the quiz more than once. 


What is Sustainability

History & Regulations

What is Climate Change

Challenges We Face Today in the Global Environment

  • Climate Change Part one
  • Climate Change Part two
  • Natural Resources and Challenges
  • Water
  • Air
  • Particulate Matter
  • Pollution on Land

Energy and Fuels

Materials and Waste

Economics & Business Considerations in Sustainability

Introduction to Green Buildings

Buildings & the Environment

  • Green Buildings & the Environment
  • Toxicity in Buildings

Regulations and Rating Systems

Building Operation & Performance

Resources, Materials, and Waste

  • Water Conservation & Protection
  • Sustainable EH&S
  • True End of Life
  • Controlling Materials and Waste
  • Wrapping Up the Concepts

Next Steps...

  • Additional Resources
  • Course Specific Survey
  • Instructor Specific Survey
  • Open-ended Questions

This course can be taken as a stand alone program to earn PDH/CEUs, increase your knowledge and receive a certificate of completion. If you wish to receive your CSBP Certification (Certified Sustainable Building Practitioner), this course is one of several courses on the pathway to getting certified. More information to come later in 2023.


Wayne Alldredge, Sustainable Leader, LEED, WELL, CEM, CMVP, CBCP, CEA, EBCP, GGP, CALCTP-ATT, HERS Rater

Wayne is the team leader for the sustainability series of courses with Green NRG and is VCA Green’s O&M, Energy, and Commissioning Services Associate Director. VCA Green, based in Orange, California,  supports their real estate clients with code compliance is specialized areas. Focused on requirements involving Commissioning, Auditing, Acceptance Testing, ‘Green’ Certification programs, and Energy Conservation. Additional areas of service include employee and client training on code changes and operational excellence through in-person classes, Lunch & Learn meetings, and Webinars.  G-PRO certified instructor.


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