Next Classes Begin April 6, 2015


Discover the real-world application of Green Building Design and Construction practices on LEED projects.  Prepare yourself for the LEED AP+BD&C accreditation exam that (after passing) will allow you to operate as a successful LEED practitioner on and off job sites.   The LEED Rating System is the industry leader in Green Building Design and Construction, and has driven market transformation in both the public and private sectors over the past decade.  This innovative system is continually evolving to providing guidelines for specifying, designing, building and tracking sustainable best practices for site, water, energy, material and indoor air quality.   As a result, numerous building codes such as the International Green Construction Code follow many of the LEED principles, and Federal Agencies along with many corporate policies mandate LEED certification to provide the environmental, economic and social benefits that these buildings have proven to possess.   You will learn the tools, knowledge and materials necessary to pursue new opportunities in the growing green field as a LEED AP+ BD&C accredited professional ready to work on the next billion square feet of LEED Certified commercial space!

Two-month online course, Summer Gorder LEED® AP+ BD&C, AIA Portland Board of Directors, instructor.

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Calendar Participate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate. For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

  1. In the online classroom, listen to audio lectures, view slides, even take an optional quiz to test yourself.
  2. Then post comments in the online discussion with your fellow participants and the instructor.  Your instructor logs on at least once a day to answer questions and join in on the discussion.
  3. Readings are assigned for each day from the textbooks provided at registration.

  4. Participate any time of day or night. The ideal is to go online 2-3 times a day since they are week-long courses, but you decide.

Discussion Discussion

The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy! It’s fun.

Mac Mini Technical Requirements

  • Internet access with Internet Explorer; Firefox Mozilla; or Safari web browser.
  • Access to Flash needed for audio and slide presentations.
  • Speakers to listen to audio.

About the Instructor

Summer Gorder, a recognized leader in the Green Building industry, provides innovative sustainable design and construction solutions that allow teams and building systems to be more effective and efficient.  Her expertise comes from over a decade of management and design experience with Sienna Architecture Company where her team guided the first international LEED Neighborhood Development Pilot Project in Dubai, as well as the world’s first “Living Building,” which is currently under construction in Portland, OR.  In 2009, Summer founded ecoREAL in order to provide comprehensive educational and consulting services to help guide companies through the new and growing sustainable development industry.  To achieve this, she developed a unique LEED education program that includes a DVD series, “LEED in the REAL World,” as well as interactive and proprietary Green Building Implementation and Management (GBIM) software.  Summer’s LEED Project Management and Administration goes beyond the drafting board to a “boots on the ground” approach, using tools that make teams self-sufficient while greatly reducing costly change-orders and RFI’s.  Additionally, she is an expert in teaching and leading integrated processes that have proven to provide unmatched value to both new construction LEED BD+C and LEED O+M existing building projects in the public and private sectors.  

Who Should Attend:

The prerequisite for the LEED AP+ training is prior LEED AP accreditation (before 2009) or the LEED Green Associate accreditation.


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$795, including materials.