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New LEED Green Building Certification Course to be Offered April 15-June 10

April 2011

Green technology is becoming the standard in operations and maintenance of new and existing facilities, and Sauk Valley Community College is taking a lead role in teaching green technology.

Sauk will offer an eight-week LEED Existing Building Certification class. Sessions will meet from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays, April 15 through June 10 at Sauk.

LEED is an internationally-recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies that improve energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, indoor environmental quality, resource stewardship, and more. LEED provides a framework to identify and implement practical and measurable green design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.

Classes will meet once a week for four hours and include two hours of lecture and two hours of lab work in which students will conduct onsite research around Sauk’s campus that will focus on the work discussed in that week’s lecture.

“Through LEED certification, we will not only be able to teach one of the leading systems of green technology, we will make our campus a major learning tool and an example of green energy management,” said SVCC President Dr. George Mihel, who added that Sauk is pursuing LEED for Existing Building Certification for its campus through the USGBC’s Operation & Maintenance Rating System.

Students will learn to identify and apply green operations practices and help Sauk in the process of registering Sauk for LEED Existing Building Certification. This rigorous, hands-on course will study and benchmark energy and water usage, exterior grounds management, interior green cleaning practices, materials procurement, and more. Successful completion qualifies students for the LEED Green Associate Exam. Also, participation in the course will serve as prerequisite for students to take the LEED AP and O&M exam.

Topics will include introduction to Green building, energy and atmosphere, sustainable sites and water efficiency, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and LEED OnLine.

The course instructor will be Lois Vitt Sale, chief sustainability officer for Wight & Co., a full-service design and construction firm in Darien. A practicing architect for more than 20 years, Sale is also an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University where she teaches sustainable construction and LEED faculty with the USGBC.  She has participated in more than 60 LEED projects including the Platinum Hidden Oaks Nature Center and the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, one of the first LEED-certified buildings in the U.S.

Registration for this program is limited to 20 people. To register or for more information on this upcoming eight-week program, call Jeanne Dupuy at 815-288-5511 ext. 212.

According to information from, LEED certification can be applied to any building type and any building lifecycle phase. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability and assures that LEED buildings are constructed as intended. GBCI includes a network of ISO-compliant international certifying bodies, and LEED can apply to all building types and works throughout the building lifecycle from design and construction to retrofitting.