Class of 2020, USGBC is here to support you

Published on: 
11 Jun 2020
Jaime van Mourik

This year, graduation might feel different, but the hard work you've done over the past months and years has never been more important. The world is facing intense challenges, and as future leaders and professionals, you can help shape a better path forward for all.

So, while things might feel uncertain, this summer is an opportunity to increase your knowledge, discover new interests and build your skill set—and USGBC is here to support you.

The first step is to take a breath and enjoy some downtime, then find ways to keep learning. Start by getting in touch with your local USGBC community, where you can find ways to connect with professionals and participate in virtual education events. Then, take advantage of these additional resources and opportunities for students and emerging professionals.

For students

Get connected: Create a USGBC student account to increase your visibility and gain access to student discounts.

Keep learning: With more than 900 hours of education available, our Education @USGBC online learning platform will help you expand your knowledge of the latest green building and sustainability topics. Check out Green Building for Everyone and LEED 101: Green Building Basics and LEED v4, which are free for students. Other free courses are available, and students can access the full platform for just $99 a year.

Gain expertise: Demonstrate your proficiency by earning knowledge-based badges in various aspects of sustainability. As you prepare for the school year, find out if your school offers LEED Lab, and if not, work with your professors to bring this multidisciplinary immersion course to your campus.

Take your green building career to the next level by obtaining a LEED professional credential. Start by preparing for the LEED Green Associate exam by using our two-week study plan. The LEED Green Associate study bundle is also available to students at the special price of $109.

For emerging professionals

These resources for emerging professionals can also provide useful information and insights for college students who will eventually be joining the job market.

Expand your network: Become a USGBC community member under the emerging professionals category and join the monthly Career Campfire Series.

In 2020, USGBC is asking all sheroes to stand up and join Women in Green (WIG), a worldwide leadership platform creating space for women who are shifting the narrative on empowerment, access and impact in the clean energy economy. Participate in monthly calls or a WIG working group, and connect with female leaders around the country. USGBC is spotlighting regional sheroes each month and sharing the incredible ways these women are improving their communities and industry.

Access career resources: USGBC is committed to supporting those who are part of the growing and rapidly changing green jobs market. Learn about the different roles across green building and get expert tips from our pros. You can also explore our green career resources page.

Keep learning: The Education @USGBC online learning platform can help you expand your knowledge of green building and sustainability topics, with more than 900 hours of green building and sustainability education.

Demonstrate your expertise: Earn knowledge-based badges in various aspects of sustainability. Become a LEED professional by earning your LEED Green Associate or LEED AP with speciality credential. Use our LEED Green Associate two-week study plan to get started.

Those working in education can also earn the Green Classroom Professional Certificate to support healthy, resource-efficient and environmentally sustainable learning spaces in the community. Find more ways to support sustainability across K–12 schools by connecting with and exploring the resources available from our Center for Green Schools.

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