Green Building Methods for Planning E-Learning Course

The Ohio State University


Monday, January 8, 2018, midnight
Monday, April 16, 2018, midnight CDT

CM | 11.25

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The purpose of this course is to learn about green building methods, techniques and practices and how they can be applied to planning practice.  This course will focus on concepts associated with LEED®, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design®, which is a green building certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC®) that recognizes building practices that save money, reduce water consumption, improve indoor air quality, make better material choices, and overall have less negative impacts to the environment.

For buildings, to receive LEED certification, projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. LEED-certified buildings are more efficient and cost less to operate with reduced energy and water bills, and they typically have faster lease-up rates, higher property values, and may qualify for incentives like tax rebates and zoning allowances. 

For professionals, those who are interested in working on LEED projects (or who are interested in green building methods in general) can become accredited.  Becoming accredited helps professionals learn green building methods, techniques, and practices, and the credential letters are a visible indicator to other professionals.  In addition, if an accredited professional works on a LEED project, it provides additional points toward the project’s certification level.  There are two levels of accreditation that a professional can qualify for – Green Associate and Advanced Professional (AP).  Both require training and exams.  To qualify for the advanced level, there is also recommended project experience, a letter of recommendation, and selection of a specialization category.  Advanced categories include Building Design and Construction (BD+C), Operations and Maintenance (O+M), Interior Design and Construction (ID+C), Neighborhood Development (ND), and Homes.  Neighborhood Development is the category most closely associated with planning practice.

Upon completion of this course, a student should successfully be able to:
1) Comprehend green building methods, techniques, and practices, specifically related to LEED.
2) Value core green building strategies related to: Location and Transportation, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation and Regional Priority.
3) Perceive how city and regional planning connects to green building methods.

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Kimberly Burton

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Kimberly Burton is an Associate Professor of Practice in City and Regional Planning at the Ohio State University and the President of Burton Planning Services. She is a professional engineer (P.E.), certified planner (AICP), certified transportation planner (CTP), and LEED Accredited Professional in Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND). Ms. Burton has over 20 years of experience working in the public sector for state and local agencies and in the private sector for multi-disciplinary consultants through which she has developed a broad range of planning experience, including transportation planning, community planning, economic development, environmental studies, and public involvement. Her career in practice and in academia has focused on how to develop sustainable community connections. Her published work includes “Transportation Energy Beyond Fossil Fuels” in the recent 2014 State of Transportation Planning publication and co-authorship of “Noise-Compatible Land Use Planning” in the Guide to Planning in Ohio (2007). She received a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 1999 and master's degree in City and Regional Planning in 2002, both from the Ohio State University.