Community Green, a new program from the Center for Green Schools, will provide a free one-year membership to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for community college students pursuing LEED Green Associate certification. Through the program, Community Green staffers plan to reach 1,200 faculty and staff members at 300 colleges across the nation.


In addition to the free USGBC membership for Community Green members, a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will help students in Texas, California, Illinois, Virginia and Washington obtain LEED Green Associate certification by paying for exam study materials and credentialing fees. Application and exam fees, alone, top $200.


During its inaugural year, the Community Green program is expected to assist more than 400 community college students that are seeking LEED Green Associate certification.


"Community Green doesn't just present an issue, it presents solutions," said Rachel Gutter, Director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. "Through this program, we have a real opportunity to equip the next generation of students – regardless of their wealth, cultural background or experience – to become our future leaders. Through Community Green, we will give students the resources and skills they need to be pioneers of a sustainable workforce and the green economy." Source: USGBC


Learn more about Community Green and find out how you can get involved by listening to a recording of the USGBC Community College Membership Kick-Off or visiting the Center for Green Schools: Community Green website.


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