Ann O’Connell, an Architectural Designer with MGA&D, was recently awarded a Community Green Scholars Grant from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) allowing her to take the LEED exam, which costs $250.00 for free. As a Green Scholar, she also received educational materials and complimentary access to online resources including courses on sustainable design strategies as well as study guides and sample exams.
“Sustainable design is more than checking boxes. Sustainability and architecture can work hand-in-hand to transform how buildings are designed,” shares Ann. “Obtaining LEED accreditation enables me to seek innovative architectural solutions that benefit both our environment and our communities.”
Ann is currently working on two projects on track to receive LEED Silver and LEED Gold certifications. Her involvement in both of these projects has helped her prepare for the exam, which she will be taking on December 5th.
Sustainability and architecture can work hand-in-hand to transform how buildings are designed. -Ann O’Connell
About the Community Green Scholars Program
The Community Green Scholars program expands on the Community Green program that was launched by USGBC in 2012 to engage community colleges and help prepare students for careers in the sustainability field. The original program connected two-year institutions with industry-leading green building education materials, equipping students to become qualified candidates for jobs in the green economy. Today, USGBC is pleased to open this opportunity to a broader audience of stakeholders. The program has thrived thanks to generous support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, which underwrites access to learning resources and the ability to sit for LEED credentialing exams at no cost.