Pearson Education, a company headquartered in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, that specializes in educational services, announced a new partnership with Everglades University, a college with its main campus in Boca Raton, Florida, that specializes in renewable energy management programs, to develop an Introduction to Sustainability digital course. With a customized curriculum including U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) aligned content, the course is designed to put students on the path to careers in green energy and building design.
Offered online and on-ground, the course is designed to improve students’ preparation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications in growing fields such as construction management, alternative and renewable energy management, environmental policy and management, land and energy management and crisis and disaster management. Upon completion of the course, students earn certificates of completion that can be featured in the form of digital badges and added to their resumes, demonstrating their education in and commitment to sustainability.
The course was initially offered in March 2016 and is a part of the university’s curriculum as a required course for undergraduate students in all degree programs.
“Through our partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council and Pearson, we are improving the quality of our course offerings and student learning outcomes, thereby further educating, training and certifying the future leaders in these growing fields,” says Kristi Mollis, president and CEO, Everglades University.
“We are excited to build on the success of our long-standing partnership with USGBC, as we collaborate with Everglades University to help learners become more employable in the green energy and building fields,” says Leah Jewell, managing director of career development and employability, Pearson. “With our team of subject matter experts, curriculum designers, and course developers, coupled with USGBC content, we are increasing access to quality higher education opportunities that can lead to successful careers.”
Building on the university’s existing course in LEED Certification and Green Sustainability designed to align with the USGBC’s LEED Green Associate certification, this partnership is designed to support the creation of further customized content that will improve students’ preparation for a variety of LEED certifications.