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Green Building Training for Building Professionals

  • Building Education Center (Berkeley, CA) offers seminars, short classes, hands-on workshops, homeowner's courses, and summer intensive workshops on building and remodeling.

  • Build It Green (San Francisco Bay Area) Certified Green Building Professional Certificate Class
    Build It Green and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry organize a 16 hour class covering all aspects of green building: energy, water, materials, indoor air quality, and implementing green in your company's operations and marketing.

  • California Building Performance Contractors Association (CBPCA) trains and validates HVAC, insulation, and remodeling professionals in the use of scientific methods and equipment for holistically diagnosing and repairing a home’s comfort and energy problems.

  • California Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) - (various CA locations)
    CHPS Workshops - free all-day workshops educate about the benefits of high performance school construction and share tools and resources to deliver educational facilities that are safe, healthy, efficient, and conducive to the learning process (Applicable to: Project Managers, Architects, Engineers and General Public)
    School District Officials CHPS Seminars - Two hour seminars to provide decision-makers with the tools and knowledge necessary to approve, build and maintain high performance schools (Applicable to: California Commercial Building Professionals and California school district officials)

  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company Pacific Energy Center (PEC) - (San Francisco, CA)
    The PEC provides numerous continuing education classes on energy and green building topics.

  • San Francisco Institute of Architecture (SFIA) - (Alameda, CA)
    Eco Distance Learning options allow completion of one course or an entire certificate or degree program. (Offers an Associate Degree and a Technical Certificate, a Bachelor of Science in Ecological Design, and a Master of Ecological Design) (Applicable for technical, undergraduate, and postgraduate home study)
    A/E University for Continuing Education self-study courses focus on the latest and best tools of design practice and project management. (AIA CEUs including HSW credits available) (Applicable to: Design Professionals)

  • San Mateo County Green Building Program
    The County's green building program provides trainings, lectures, and email updates on local programs. RecycleWorks also works with Sustainable San Mateo County, a local nonprofit, to provide other green building opportunities and with Eco Design Resources, San Carlos, an ecological showroom that is a local source of green building materials and information. A countywide committee has developed a checklist and a San Mateo Countywide Sustainable Buildings Guide for the public, architects, and builders to use to make new and renovated buildings more green.

  • Sonoma State University Environmental Technology Center (Rohnert Park, CA)
    Green Building Professional Certification Program
    This yearlong Certificate program is designed with the working professional and focuses on developing the understanding necessary to enable sustainable building decision making within a corporate, institutional, non-profit, municipal, multi-family or single-family residential setting. The program consists of six core curriculum sections that will delve with great depth into a variety of relevant topics in both classroom and field trip settings. (Applicable to: Building Professionals and Owner/Builders)

  • United States Green Building Council (USGBC) (various US locations)
    Local chapters offer meetings, seminars and tours as well as training classes in implementing their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification. See Northern California Chapter and Redwood Empire Chapter.

Green Building Training for the General Public

  • Building Education Center (Berkeley, CA)
    The Center offers seminars, short classes, hands-on workshops, homeowner's courses, and summer intensive workshops on building and remodeling.

  • Build It Green (San Francisco Bay Area)
    Build It Green offers a variety of workshops and other educational events for residential building professionals and the general public, covering all aspects of green building: energy, water, materials, and indoor air quality.

  • San Mateo County Green Building Program
    The County's green building program provides trainings, lectures, and email updates on local programs. RecycleWorks also works with Sustainable San Mateo County, a local nonprofit, to provide other green building opportunities and with Eco Design Resources, San Carlos, an ecological showroom that is a local source of green building materials and information. A countywide committee has developed a checklist and a San Mateo Countywide Sustainable Buildings Guide for the public, architects, and builders to use to make new and renovated buildings more green.

Green Building University Programs

  • Merritt College Environmental Center (Self-Reliant House)
    Offers courses covering an array of subjects including: Energy, Ecology, Ecological Restoration, Forests, Wetlands, Food and Water Resources, Air Quality, Recycling, Pollution, Wildlife, Population, Transportation and Green Building. Located in the Oakland Hills between two wildland watershed open spaces, the Self-Reliant House was built by students and faculty of the Environmental Studies Program. The center was designed to demonstrate ways to improve the sustainability of existing suburban homes. The building includes solar energy, weatherization, reusing and reducing waste, organic gardening, wildlands fire safety and the use of green building materials. For more information, contact: Merritt College Environmental Programs at 510-434-3840

  • New College of California North Bay (Santa Rosa, CA)
    EcoDWELLING is a three-semester course offering accredited BA and MA degrees through the Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community program focusing on a holistic approach to dwelling in the broadest sense. Students learn through lecture, discussion, design and hands-on building.

  • San Francisco Institute of Architecture (SFIA) - (Alameda, CA)
    Eco Distance Learning options allow completion of one course or an entire certificate or degree program. (Offers an Associate Degree and a Technical Certificate, a Bachelor of Science in Ecological Design, and a Master of Ecological Design)

  • Sonoma State University Department of Environmental Studies & Planning (Rohnert Park, CA)
    SSU offers a concentrated course of study in one of five study plans offered for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree: Conservation and Restoration; Energy Management and Design; Education and the Environment; Haz Mat and Water Technology; and Planning.

  • University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
    College of Environmental Design offers Master of Science in Architecture degree programs, including an area of study in Building Science.

Building Science / Building Performance Training

  • California Building Performance Contractors Association (CBPCA) trains and validates HVAC, insulation, and remodeling professionals in the use of scientific methods and equipment for holistically diagnosing and repairing a home’s comfort and energy problems.

  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company Pacific Energy Center (PEC) - (San Francisco, CA)
    The PEC provides continuing education in an incredibly wide array of energy conservation and green building techniques, systems, and materials. (Applicable to: Businesses, Building Professionals)

  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company Energy Training Center (ETC) - (Stockton, CA)
    The ETC provides continuing education including hands-on training about HVAC systems and technology, windows, and insulation; as well as evaluation and measurement techniques to support potential energy efficiency projects for facilities and support for completion of incentive program applications. (Applicable to: Businesses, Building Professionals, and Participants of energy-efficiency education programs)

Natural Building Education

  • California Straw Building Association (CASBA) provides a variety of straw-building related training opportunities for architects, builders, engineers, general contractors and building officials covering the latest and most up-to-date straw-bale details and procedures. Valuable for the novice and seasoned straw-professionals.
  • The Solar Living Institute (Hopland, CA)
    Courses offered on a variety of topics including Solar, Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency, Natural Building & Design, Solar Living, Women Building Skills, and Art & Spirit. (Applicable to: Solar, Home Owners, Natural Building)

Renewable Energy Training

  • The Solar Living Institute (Hopland, CA)
    Courses offered on a variety of topics including Solar, Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency, Natural Building & Design, Solar Living, Women Building Skills, and Art & Spirit. (Applicable to: Solar, Home Owners, Natural Building)


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