Education for Career Transitions

November 29, 2009

Looking to green your career? Whether you are a building industry professional or just someone searching for a more sustainable career path, the following educational opportunities can help you learn more about the theory and practice of green.

Please note that we at GreenHomeNYC are not endorsing or promoting the following organizations. Instead, we aim to provide mid-career professionals with access to local green education resources. If you know of an organization that provide similar educational services but have been omitted from this list, please let us know by email: greencareer@greenhomenyc.org

Building Performance | Green Building | Renewable Energy | Horticulture | Personal Sustainability

Building Performance

Association for Energy Affordability
Training in weatherization, building analysis, energy efficient building operation, hydronic heating system design; Building Performance Institute (BPI) prep courses.

Association for Energy Engineers
Geared at individuals with technical backgrounds, certification programs offered by the AEE include: energy management, energy auditing, sustainable development, lighting efficiency, green building engineer, and others.

Bronx Community College Center for Sustainable Energy
Besides BPI prep courses, the center offers classes and workshops on integration of sustainable energy technology: photovoltaics; geo- solar thermal heating; clean energy business.

Building Performance Institute
Offers nationally recognized certification and accreditation in residential building performance; one must be BPI-certified in order to contact with NYSERDA on energy efficiency projects.


Center for Energy Efficiency and Building Science

A NYSERDA-funded institution; training takes place at various institutions throughout the state and can serve as preparation for BPI certification.

NYC locations:
Association for Energy Affordability
Bronx Community College Center for Sustainable Energy

ConEd CleanEdison Training Center
LEED and BPI exam prep courses.

Heating Help
Heating-specific resources, including a job portal.

Loginandlearn.com
Energy Efficiency Campus. E-learning courses on energy efficiency and building design, as well as courses from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and ASHRAE.

Green Building

BuildingGreen.com
LEED training; free advice forum on LEED certification.

ConEd CleanEdison Training Center
LEED and BPI exam prep courses.

Cooper Union Continuing Education
Engineers, architects, developers, designers, and members of allied professions can earn a Certificate in Green Building Design or take individual courses, including LEED exam prep.

Everblue Training Institute
LEED exam prep.

Evergreen Institute Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building
On-line courses.

Green Collaborative
LEED exam prep courses; personal sustainability workshops.

GreenBuild365
A USGBC project, this “online portal to green building education” lists a wide variety of online and on-site green building courses, some of which are free.

Loginandlearn.com
Energy Efficiency Campus
E-learning courses on energy efficiency and building design, as well as National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s and ASHRAE’s courses.

My Green Education
Resource page for green careers, especially renewable energy; includes a job board.

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
Sustainability and renewable energy workshops in the Northeast area; resources for teachers as well.

New York University School of Continuing Education
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

500+ courses a year, including topics of sustainable design and sustainable development.

Pratt Institute
Certificate Program in Sustainable Building, Infrastructure Design and Management

Seven-course certificate program for design professional, engineers, and government agency professionals looking to green their skills.

Pratt Institute
Continuing Education: Architectural Products

Sponsored courses held in the classroom and on-line; can be taken for AIA and/or LEED credits.

Urban Green Council (USGBC NY Chapter)
Urban Green Council hosts lectures and events relating to green building. The events are aimed at the general public as well as building industry professionals looking to earn LEED credit. On their website, you can also find out about LEED accreditation as well as find LEED exam prep courses being taught in NYC.

Renewable Energy

Bronx Community College Center for Sustainable Energy
Besides BPI prep courses, the center offers classes and workshops on integration of sustainable energy technology: photovoltaics; geo- solar thermal heating; clean energy business.

My Green Education
Resource page for green careers, especially renewable energy; includes a job board.

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
Sustainability and renewable energy workshops in the Northeast area; resources for teachers as well.

Horticulture and Landscape Design

Bronx Botanical Garden
Certificate in landscape design.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Certificate in Horticulture.

Personal Sustainability

Green Collaborative
LEED exam prep courses; personal sustainability workshops.

Lower East Side Ecology Center
NYC-specific environmental education seminars.

Solar One
Green Renter weekly seminars are geared towards the environmentally minded tenant; Green Innovator is great resource for teachers who want to bring sustainability into the classroom.

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