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The U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating program provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. The LEED Green Associate training Course is a foundational credential that provides student with an up-to date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices. 

This training gives students the opportunity to leave USF with a supplemental credential that delivers a competitive advantage when looking to enter the sustainability workforce.

How it Works

Sign-up: Interested students are required to SIGN-UP to participate.

Lectures: Registered students will be provided with a number of flexible lecture dates to select from during the semester period. This semester we are hosting everything online to fit your schedule! 

Practical Application: Upon completion of the lecture/training, students will have the opportunity to  apply these skills on-campus through sustainability projects intended to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our building efficiency. Example of practical application projects will be performing energy audits on campus buildings and the economics of sustainability.

Exam and Certification: The exam is two hours long and has 100 multiple-choice questions. Students get a discounted rate of $100. All the info about prices and how to register is on the USGBC Website

How to keep your credentials: Once you have passed the LEED GA exam, you are required to take a total of 15 Continuing Education (CE) hours every two years to keep your credentials. As a USGBC Florida Gulf Coast member, you can take all those CE hours for free because the USGBC Florida Chapter offers monthly webinar. Join USGBC.


Learn how to write a grant proposal. Explore the process of finding, applying for, and being successful in seeking funding for sustainability or educational initiatives. This workshop covers the basics of grant writing, including understanding a Request for Proposal (RFP) or grant solicitation; finding grants that are relevant to your project from governments, foundations, and even corporations; and gain insightful techniques that will make your proposals stand out. 

Experienced grant writer John Johnson also  reviews the most common grant-writing mistakes, and provides worksheets and resources for writing winning proposals.

Come and learn ways to In addition to the cash award, grants can also be a great way to develop your research proposal, bolster your CV, expand your professional network, improve your chances in a struggling job market, and collaborate with strangers.


Conferences are an essential part of academic life. They present students an opportunity to; network, expand your knowledge and find solutions to problems, learn beyond your interests and present your ideas and work to others.

No planned conferences at this time.