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Liaison Cheri Chastain
Submission Date Nov. 19, 2013
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California State University, Chico
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
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Director and Rawlins Professor of Environmental Literacy
Institute for Sustainable Development
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

Students earn LEED AP designation through courses and projects including a "blitz-build" for the domestic violence shelter Catalyst (LEED for Homes) as well as certification for a rennovated building on campus, Colusa hall (LEED for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenence.)

The Chico State Construction Management (CM) Department with support of the Construction Employers’ Association developed their “Green Building Practices and LEED Certification” course over five years ago. The course explores how new buildings are designed and constructed using green building strategies. Students learn how LEED Accredited Professionals manage the building certification process of the US Green Building Council. The course also prepares students to take the USGBC LEED AP certification exam.

The course has resulted in some 80% of the CM Graduates achieving LEED AP certification. The CM Faculty member that developed the course, Prof. Lori Dixon, has also conducted workshops all over the Nation for Contractors and Designers with a high rate of attendee’s, 75% range, successfully passing the LEED AP certification exam.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

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