Northern Illinois University Outreach is striving to ensure that local workers and businesses are prepared to play a major role in the greening of America. More than $85 billion in federal money has been earmarked for clean energy and transportation projects alone. Much of that is directed at projects to help American homes, offices and factories adopt more energy-efficient practices, which has dramatically increased demand for individuals with the skills to identify and implement the proper improvements.
Recognizing this need, NIU Outreach, which specializes in providing non-credit professional development opportunities, has forged partnerships with the International Facility Management Association and the Everblue Training Institute to create an educated “green” workforce.
As part of those efforts, Everblue Training Institute, a U.S. Green Building Council-approved education provider, will offer a series of workshops, courses and seminars to help prepare builders, developers, contractors, interior designers, engineers, architects, facility managers, real estate brokers, product suppliers and others interested in green building to earn certifications in the construction and facility management industries. Specifically, the courses will prepare students to earn the LEED 3.0 Green Associate Accreditation, LEED AP+ Specialty Accreditation and a new non-credit Certificate in Sustainable Development.
A complete series of programs will be offered at NIU’s Outreach Centers in Naperville and Hoffman Estates and at the Kellogg Conference Center in Chicago from August until December 2009. Complete details are available online at www.leed.niu.edu.