Sustainable building begins with educating ourselves and our communities on the importance of transforming the building industry throughout Western North Carolina and beyond. This page provides web-based and curriculum education resources for building a sustainable future.

Web-Based Education

Green Built Alliance & AB Tech GIST- Educational Videos – This comprehensive website has been created as a partnership between Green Built Alliance and AB Tech GIST to store video content for the best practices in green building to be used as an educational resource for homeowners, building professionals and students.

Green Builder Media’s video series – Some great videos on a variety of green building materials and technologies.

Southface Energy Institute’s online training – These online courses represent cutting-edge trends and best practices for sustainable design and construction.

Affordable Green Academy – This site provides a free series of courses and case studies on the nuts and bolts of building affordable green housing.

California Energy Commission – Free videos tutorials on energy efficient construction.

USGBC Webinars – Live and archived webinars of USGBC and LEED-related course material.

Green Collar Edu – A source for education and training programs that support nationally recognized standards from across the green building and green trades industries in areas such as building performance, renewable energy systems, green remodeling, insulation, air sealing, fenestrations and the HVAC/R industry.

Sustainable Community Development Certificate Program at Colorado State – A program to enhance your ability to empower people through sustainable community development with this highly-flexible certificate program. The program, offered through Village Earth, uses a multi-sector, participatory approach to learning.

U Mass Online Green Building Professional Development Series – The is a professional series that can earn undergraduate credit or if you are looking simply for professional development, continuing education credit options are available.

Gatlin Education Services: Principles of Green Buildings – A program developed and written in partnership with nationally recognized building science experts from Advanced Energy of North Carolina. This course will introduce and provide the science behind the House as a System by going through all of the major sub-systems that affect the way the entire structure system performs.

Energy Webinars – Free archived recordings of Energy Star Webinars

Sustainability Webinars, Video, How Renewable Energy Credits Work, Carbon Offsets, Greenhouse Gas Inventories, Green Meetings – Renewable Choice Energy-Renewable Choice Sustainability Webinars

LEED Online Training | – Online LEED training courses and classes for continuing education and test preparation.

Green Builder College – A online educational program focused on What is Green Building? The program augments the information provided in existing project rating programs so home builders and their employees can learn the science behind high-performance, resource-efficient construction.

Green Building Guide – Home-and-garden website Quiet Hut has compiled this guide including an overview of green building and a list of other relevant educational resources available online.

Curriculum Education

Green Opportunities – offering pathways into WNC’s green Economy

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Construction Science – Offering a full array of academic and hands-on classes on Building Science, renewable energy and green building.

Blue Ridge Community College – Sustainable Technology

Guide to Universities with Environment Sciences Degree Programs.

Hands-on Education

Boots on the Roof – A hands-on solar training and installation school.