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Sustainability Education Update and LEED Credential Credit

February 17, 2016 | Todd Feist

IREM has a number of education and training opportunities on sustainable and energy-efficient real estate, and we have recently become a USGBC Education Partner. This means that you can access select IREM courses through the Education @USGBC (their online education catalog), in addition to LEED professionals can earn credential maintenance credits for IREM courses on sustainability topics.

Here are the courses currently available through Education @USGBC and

The following courses and workshops are forthcoming:

  • Accessing and Using Energy Data to Improve Property Operations: the online version of this course, which examines how to obtain and use whole-building and interval energy data, will be available by the end of February 2016. IREM will also roll out a series of live workshops on this topic this year.
  • IREM is seeking workshop proposals from real estate professionals and consultants experienced in sustainability and energy efficiency. To submit a proposal, e-mail with your name and experience, your proposed topic, a workshop title, and a brief description. Topics of interest include:
    • Sustainability and Asset Value
    • Energy Upgrades and Capital Planning
    • Removing Barriers to Energy Efficiency
    • Low-Cost, High-Impact Energy Improvements
    • The State of Solar Energy
    • Reducing Demand Charges
    • Participating in Demand Response Programs
    • Other topics on energy efficiency

The certification process for the IREM® Certified Sustainable Property program also serves as an excellent training and engagement program for your property teams. Visit to get started.

About the Author
Todd Feist is the Sustainability Program Manager at IREM Headquarters in Chicago. He develops classroom and online courses and helps manage the IREM Sustainability program, including the IREM Certified Sustainable Property certification. 

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