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Connecting and Creating for Beautiful, Sustainable Places with Monmade

  Most everybody wants to do the right thing if they can.  This includes professionals in the built environment – developers, builders, interior designers, and architects.   But it’s not always easy to know where to go or how to do it. Connecting That’s where the genius of Monmade comes in. Originally a nonprofit program of […]

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When Given a Choice of Where to Go, We Voted with our Feet and Went Outside

Gratitude for PA’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources It’s been a challenging year since last spring at this time, when life as many of us knew it was suddenly disrupted due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Pennsylvania state law mandated orders to shelter in place, self-quarantine, and practice social distancing.  Local, national, and international […]

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Virtual LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

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Registration Closes on September 25.


Green Building Alliance has modified its popular in-person prep course into a virtual offering. This workshop teaches participants the core concepts within the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED certification program and helps participants effectively navigate both requirements and practical context relating to the LEED BD+C rating system.  Through interactive learning and project examples, participants will build a strong foundation towards successfully passing the LEED v4 Green Associate exam.

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has created the LEED Green Associate credential, which denotes basic knowledge and understanding of green design, construction, and operations.  The LEED Green Associate examination is designed to test general knowledge of green building practices and how to support other professionals working on LEED projects.  The Green Associate credential also serves as the first step for professionals pursuing a LEED AP Specialization.


Value for the Attendee:

  • The LEED Green Associate is designed to be of interest and value for all personnel – accountants to planners and contractors to facility managers – with responsibilities for the success of any green building project.
  • Credentialed staff will feel empowered to oversee and manage consultants who are hired to guide the LEED certification process.
  • If you are trying to determine if this course is right for you, feel free to reach out to us with your questions and we can help you determine the best fit for your needs.


Format and Schedule:

This course is typically hosted in-person throughout an entire day. During these times of social distancing, we are re-formatting the course to be offered virtually. Because there is so much content to cover, we have split the course into two half-day sessions. The course is divided into LEED credit categories, which address different impact areas of the built environment.

The course includes lecture content but will also encourage student participation through either large group or break-out discussions.

Day 1: 9:00 – 12:30

  • Introductions and Zoom Housekeeping
  • Basic Questions about Preview Material
  • LEED Credit Categories:
    • Integrative Process
    • Location & Transportation
    • Sustainable Sites
    • Water Efficiency
    • Closing Questions and Reflections

Day 2: 9:00 – 12:30

  • Review from Day 1
  • LEED Credit Categories:
    • Energy & Atmosphere
    • Materials & Resources
    • Indoor Environmental Quality
    • Innovation & Regional Priority
    • Closing Questions and Reflections



In order to reduce the amount of virtual lecture time, your instructor will send preview materials in advance. This will ensure that all students have a basic understanding of how the LEED rating system is designed as well as key terms and definitions. This way, all students are starting near the same baseline.

It should also be noted that this course is designed to lay a successful foundation for your preparation for the exam. Additional self-guided studying is necessary and the instructor will provide study resources as well as suggestions for other successful study strategies.

In order to have time to review the preview materials in advance of the class, students must register by September 25.


Registered participants will receive Zoom meeting details in advance.


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Registration Closes on September 25.


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West Virginia’s Sustainability Starts with Innovative Schools

Photo: Marshall County Schools The West Virginia Chapter of USGBC has a greener horizon in mind for the state’s famous mountain skyline, and this future starts within the walls of its schools. Following its establishment in recent years, the chapter spurred support for the construction of LEED facilities to create more sustainable communities for everyone. […]

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Amazon’s HQ2 Makes a Compelling Case for Urban Sustainability

In early September, America’s ubiquitous e-retailer dangled an enormous carrot in front of all city governments — $5 billion in investment, 50,000 high paying jobs, and a boost to every horizontal industry needed to support the largest company in the U.S.  Amazon’s HQ2 request is unusually transparent, and their anyone-can-play narrative has cities coughing up […]

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Local Innovation to National Leadership: Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report for 2016

The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a strategic initiative of Green Building Alliance, published its annual Progress Report on Tuesday, celebrating four years of rigorous reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions. More than doubling in area and quadrupling from 81 to 491 committed properties since founding, Pittsburgh leads all 17 established 2030 Districts in committed […]

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Finding An Eco-Friendly Apartment

Homeowners can make great strides to change the carbon footprint of their homes through weatherization, the installation of insulation and using alternative energy sources. But as a renter, your hands are tied. So if you’re hoping to keep your housing eco-friendly and save on your utilities bill, you’ll want to make sure the building meets […]

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Architecture Trending

To the outside observer, architecture probably does not seem a dynamic profession. Inside the profession, however, practicing architecture has been about managing the pace of change over the past generation. Not all change has been good (see, fee erosion and schedule compression) and not all has been bad. It usually requires the perspective of a decade or so to judge whether or not something was a trend […]

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The Tower at PNC Plaza: A Workplace for the Future

Over the last decade, The Tower at PNC Plaza has been one of the Pittsburgh region’s most anticipated developments, but its origins stretch back to the late 1990s when The PNC Financial Services started its green building journey. In 2000, PNC opened PNC Firstside Center, then the largest LEED certified building in the world. Later, […]

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Improving Your LEED Project Submittal: Tips for Success

Join 3R Building Sustainability and GBA to learn tips and tricks for successful LEED projects!


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Every point is vital to your project achieving the desired level of LEED certification! Learn best practices for the successful submittal of commonly missed and challenging LEED credits with long-time LEED reviewers and consultants, Carla Mitchell and Dr. Christine Kuntz. They have seen it all, having poured through design and construction documents, compliance narratives, and credit documentations of LEED registered projects from around the globe. As reviewers, they help the GBCI determine which credits are awarded to project teams, and they offer feedback to those project teams for how they can achieve credits. Join Green Building Alliance for a morning with Carla and Christine as they explain common pitfalls with various LEED credits, as well as suggestions for successfully achieving credits. This comprehensive look at LEED v2009 credit categories can benefit project teams, consultants, students, and building owners alike! Even better, Carla and Christine will also share a few tips for LEED v4 projects. The information shared in this session will focus on BD+C New Construction Submittals. Coffee and breakfast are included.


About the Speakers

Carla 3R

Carla J. Mitchell, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Project Reviewer

Carla Mitchell is a Principal at 3R Building Sustainability. She has over nine years of sustainable design and project experience as part of her twenty-two years of mechanical design experience. The majority of Carla’s career has focused on commercial building projects including commercial offices, multi-family/mixed-use residential, universities, sports facilities, senior living facilities, and medical facilities.

Currently, Carla’s concentration is on the energy components of high-performance buildings. She has six years of LEED review experience, specializing in Commercial Interiors, New Construction, Existing Renovation, Core and Shell, and Schools projects. She oversees a team of energy reviewers and consultants, providing technical guidance and quality control for projects pursuing LEED certification. Carla currently holds the LEED AP BD+C and LEED Project Reviewer credentials.

Prior to joining 3R, Carla was a Project Manager with a large MEP consulting firm which focused on engineering exceptional environments through high performance design. She provided project management and mechanical system design for multiple high profile projects, as well as LEED project documentation and energy modeling.


Christine 3R

Dr. Christine F. Kuntz, LEED AP BD+C and ID+C, LEED Project Reviewer

Christine is a Principal at 3R Building Sustainability and specializes in the location and transportation, sustainable sites, water efficiency, and materials and resources categories of sustainable design. She currently holds the LEED AP BD+C and ID+C specialties, as well as the LEED Project Reviewer credential and has six years of review experience in LEED for Commercial Interiors, New Construction and Major Renovations, Core and Shell, and Schools rating systems. She currently manages a team of both in-house staff and contract reviewers, providing both review process management and technical oversight for projects throughout the world attempting LEED certification.

Christine received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University in 2000, and went on to Study Environmental Engineering at The George Washington University, where she earned her Master’s Degree in 2002. She worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Washington D.C. where her team investigated the feasibility of water efficiency and renewable energy projects for the federal government.

Prior to joining 3R, Christine researched in-situ applications of photon density wave spectroscopy at the University of Potsdam in Germany, where she earned her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry.



8:30 – Register, Grab Breakfast

8:45 – Presentations and Q&A

10:00 – Event Wrap-Up



  1. Gain insight from practicing LEED project reviewers on the types of mistakes commonly seen on LEED BD+C project submittals.
  2. Discover and understand which LEED BD+C credits are most difficult to achieve and why.
  3. Learn best practices for the successful submittal of commonly missed and challenging LEED BD+C credits.
  4. Learn some tips for how to achieve success in LEED v4, the newest version of the rating system.


This event is pending approval for 1.0 LEED BD+C-Specific GBCI CEUs and for 1.0 AIA HSW hours.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.

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