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110 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students learn that in addition to systems thinking and life-cycle analysis, another important aspect of successful green building projects is an integrative process. This strategy prioritizes connections and communication among professionals and stakeholders throughout the entire life cycle of a project. The idea is that the more the people on the team understand the perspectives of the other people on the team, the better the project will be. Then students work as team members, experts, and stakeholders to evaluate a neighborhood plan and propose changes to make the plan more sustainable. This foundational knowledge helps prepare students for the LEED Green Associate Exam, Integrative Strategies Knowledge Domain.

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55 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students learn a traditional architectural design process, the GBCI certification process, and key steps a LEED Green Associate/program manager would take to get from one to the other. Working in their eco-charrette teams from Lessons 7.2 and 7.3, students enter details about their projects into a test version of the LEED Online system to get first-hand experience with the system. In this way, they learn how to navigate through the system, upload documentation, and search for LEED requirements and worksheets so they are prepared for the Green Associate Exam and ready to assist in the management of the LEED documentation and certification process.

110 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In Session 1, students discuss why effective green building relies upon third-party rating systems. Then they use the USGBC’s LEED Project Checklist to check the certification level they were able to achieve for the designs they created in Lesson 7.2. In Session 2, students research an array of Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI®) programs—such as PEER®, EDGE, SITES®, WELL®, Parksmart℠, and TRUE—as well as other popular rating systems, including BREEAM® and the Living Building Challenge. Then they learn more about the roles of USGBC and GBCI and important aspects of the LEED rating system. Finally, they review how Arc, a platform developed by GBCI, can help project managers keep track of progress toward their goals.

110 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

This module and this course end on an inspiring note as students think about the future of green building, watch a short video about one company that created an innovative corporate headquarters, and give their own campus building designs one final look to see how they might further transform them to be more innovative, more sustainable, and more closely linked to their classmates’ building designs. Students then share their innovative building designs with their classmates, contemplate together the future of green building, and take some time to reflect on the experiences and knowledge they gained throughout the course.

165 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students coordinate a panel discussion with a range of green building professionals who answer their questions and share information about their careers. Then students explore a green career they are interested in, identifying key steps needed to prepare for that career. Next, students spend some time preparing for the LEED Green Associate Exam, first by playing a game of LEED vocabulary bingo, then by reviewing logistics related to the exam, and finally by self-assessing their readiness for the exam and creating a study plan to help them prepare for and pass the exam.

165 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students explore the foundational concepts of integrative, or “whole building,” design. They are each assigned a role to be part of an integrative team that will design a building for a university campus. They begin by conducting independent research to understand the scope and purpose of their designated roles. Then, via a fast-paced card game, they explore how various design strategies can be synergistic and benefit multiple LEED categories and credits. Finally, they participate in an eco-charrette to explore an array of perspectives as they begin designing their building. The charrette spans two sessions in this lesson and picks up again in the next lesson, giving students ample experience simulating an effective real-world building design process.

110 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students assess the purpose and benefit of focusing on bioclimatic design to solve challenges posed by regional issues and to understand which LEED credits are emphasized in their region. To begin, students determine priorities for their local region and propose design strategies appropriate to addressing those priorities using the USGBC Regional Priority Credit database. Then, students work in groups to research the characteristics of regional climates in the United States as well as the related design considerations and solar potential. Finally, students consider what makes their homes, communities, and places unique, and they develop stories about a place of their choosing with the intent of inspiring classmates to better understand what makes their place special and worth protecting.

110 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students take a closer look at how various construction techniques can influence indoor environmental quality. They identify building design, construction, and maintenance strategies that reduce indoor environmental hazards and promote a healthy indoor environment. Using the school as a case study, students evaluate potential air quality hazards and propose strategies for improving air quality throughout the school. Then they work together to design an elevator pitch to sell a solution to school administrators.

110 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students identify how components of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) work together to create an ideal environment for occupants. First they list all the key topics and vocabulary they’ve learned in this module; then they build a mind map to process those concepts and explore interconnections. Students then apply this consolidated learning by creating a sketch for a classroom that has all the major components of IEQ. Students present their designs and conduct peer-to-peer evaluations to provide other groups with feedback on design strengths and strategies for improvement. To conclude the module, students discuss the ideas of synergies and trade-offs and why understanding these concepts is essential for a green builder.