National Association of Greenagent & Brokers
Green Education and Sustainability Courses
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- Realtors who want to understand core conservation and sustainability issues.
- Realtors looking to educate their buyer and seller customers on issues related to energy efficiency, conservation and sustainability.
- Realtors who want to effect positive environmental change through their efforts and ongoing customer relationships
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Green Building Systems & Materials
The modules in the Green Building, Systems and Materials series cover the fundamentals of building science and examine a ‘whole-building’ approach to construction, operations, and maintenance. The modules in this subject area identify core principles, best practices, regulations, incentives, and fundamentals of the LEED rating systems. Throughout the modules, training participants learn how to develop a basic action plan for implementing green building systems in renovation plans or in building new structures. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests the student will be able to:
Define the terms green building and green renovations.
Describe the advantages and examples of energy-efficient systems.
Explain the benefits and risks of green construction and how they are assessed.
Discuss the reasons behind the “green” evolution in business practices.
- Green Building and Renovations Defined
- Energy Efficient Systems
- Driving Forces for Change
- Risks and Benefits of Green Construction
- Green Construction Risk Assessments
The Sustainability Planning series provides detailed guidelines on how to develop, and then implement, a sustainability plan. This training presents the process and framework for developing a sustainability plan based upon an analysis of a client’s needs, priorities, and resources. Methods for identifying the appropriate metrics and monitoring systems for sustainability plan will be outlined. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:
Discuss the technological advances affecting sustainability and the efforts required to promote sustainability.
Identify sustainability planning actions and the connection between sustainability and economics.
Discuss the benefits of recycling and the steps required to implement a waste management plan.
Describe the process of developing and implementing an energy plan.
- Sustainability Has a History
- Planning Policies for Government and Business
- Introduction to Action Initiatives
- Waste Streams for Consideration
- The Plan: Design and Implementation
The modules in this series focus on creating awareness and advancing knowledge on issues regarding ethics and social responsibility. This training introduces a broad range of social responsibility factors that are tied to sustainability and environmental concerns. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:
Define social responsibility and its benefits to those companies who practice social responsibility.
Describe transparency as it pertains to the development and implementation of sustainability plans.
Identify the different types of renewal energies.
Identify steps that aid in the development of green policies.
- Definition and Benefits
- Guidelines for Transparency for Your Stakeholders
- Basic Training of Renewable Energy
- Leadership and Administration
Opportunities can be identified, and action can be taken, by implementing environmental/carbon accounting as part of a sustainability plan. Plans should prioritize actions based on the return on investment and meet energy, water, and waste-reduction targets plan to cut emissions may include making infrastructure improvements, reducing fossil fuel use, and implementing better maintenance practices. This can also be incorporated into procurement plans to help improve the supply chain of products used. Renewable energy systems and energy conservation programs are other initiatives that are included in environmental /carbon accounting plans. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:
Describe the value, four goals, and key elements of an effective environmental management system (EMS) program.
Explain current international standards for environmental management standards, how they have evolved, and their benefits and limitations.
Explain implementation of an environmental management system.
Discuss the basic elements of environmental accounting, associated eco-efficiency metrics, and the accounting elements of sustainability planning.
Describe the steps used in identifying, calculating, and tracking greenhouse gases in relation with the Green House Gas (GHG) protocol.
- General Environmental Management Systems Guidance
- International Standards
- Environmental Management System Implementation
- Planning for Environmental Accountability
- Tracking Carbon Emissions
Incorporating the use of renewable energy in sustainability planning initiatives is a crucial element in lowering long-term costs. It enables an understanding for all departments in recognizing what renewable resources can be utilized in their practices. Energy planning, as well as learning steps in identifying how these natural resources can be used, will create a culture of environmental and social responsibility. These are all key components to saving energy and mone. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:
Discuss the advantages of renewable energy.
Identify renewable energy sources available and government initiatives to expand the use of renewable energy.
Define waste-to-energy concepts.
State the advantages of converting waste-to-energy.
- Introduction Renewable Energy to Government and Business
- Identifying Local Renewable Resources
- Waste to Energy Saves Money!
Water Resources and Conservation
This series promotes water resources and conservation as a top priority and highlights the need to reduce water use, comply with regulations, save money, and link water conservation to saving on the bottom line. The modules in the Water Resources and Conservation series provides instruction on how to implement proper landscaping techniques as well as a water conservation plan that includes increasing the reuse of reclaimed water, using rainwater catchment systems and water-efficient fixtures, and reducing water leakage that results in water loss. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:
Discuss the environmental and fiscal benefits of efficient water use using new technologies.
Describe the lessons learned about water conservation from the healthcare industry.
Explain the various water filtration, purification, and storage methods available to facilities.
Describe how stormwater pollution occurs, and how it can be prevented.
- Efficient Use of Your Water Resources
- Learn About Water Conservation from the Health Care Industry
- Water Filtering Options and Storage
- Preventing Storm Water Pollution
Green Certifications and Standards
The growing industry related to Green Certifications, labels, and standards can be confusing and overwhelming. A green certification is supposed to be an indication that green principles are practiced and that dynamic, ongoing sustainability practices are in place. The modules in the Green Certifications, Labels, and Standards series review techniques for determining legitimacy, credibility, and performance. Industry certifications in building, consumer products, environmental landscaping, fleet management, and lodging/tourism are just some of the areas that are covered within these modules. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:
Identify LEED® green building certification levels and common green building standards.
Identify common energy standards organizations and why energy efficiency audits and certifications are important.
Identify the benefits and lessons learned from Certification and Energy Standard case studies.
Describe the economic benefits of green building that meets LEEDS® Gold certification.
- Green Certifications and Standards
- Energy Ratings and Audits Defined
- Certifications and Energy Standards Case Studies
- Green Building – Adding to the Bottom Line
Transportation Program / Green Fleet Management
Efficient transportation plans significantly impact air quality, land use, and quality of life. The modules in this series provide a review of alternative fuel options, green fleet concepts, and efficient transportation systems, which can result in economic and health benefits. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:
Describe common methods used by companies to initiate green fleet management programs and the benefits of these programs.
Identify the types of alternative fuels available.
Identify the lessons learned from green fleet management case studies.
Describe the cost savings for vehicular operators using a green fleet managed program.
- Introduction to Green Fleet Concepts
- Alternative Fuels Overview
- Green Fleet Case Studies
- Green Transportation Saves on the Bottom Line
The Waste Management series identifies strategic measures for creating or enhancing a comprehensive waste management plan to include understanding waste streams, measuring current/baseline waste generation, completing a facility-wide waste assessment, identifying resources, ensuring compliance with regulations, adopting an integrated waste management program, tracking and monitoring the program, and training/educating employees. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:
Describe the evolution of waste management and recycling.
Describe the responsibilities involved with transporting and methods for tracking waste materials.
Discuss commercial recycling facilities, including commonly recycled materials and environmentally unfriendly recyclable materials.
Explain the process for planning and managing facility waste.
Describe the collection, handling, and disposal of solid waste.
- Waste Concepts are a Part of History
- Tracking and Transporting Waste
- Solid Waste Principles
- What Can Be Recycled
- A Plan To Begin Managing Your Waste
- Contractual Guidelines are a Must
Green Supply Chain Management and Sustainable Purchasing Practices
The modules in the Green Supply Chain Management (GSCM) series cover every stage in manufacturing, from the product design to recycling or disposal. In the government sector, GSCM is critical in procurement programs, award of contracts, and as part of the overall sustainability planning process. The purpose of this of the GSCM modules is to describe the impact of green on supply chain management, demonstrating how green practices can save money, increase efficiency, and reduce delivery time. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:
Discuss supplier sustainability assessments and life cycle analysis.
Explain the environment costs and benefits of GSCM.
Explain the four steps that guide decision-making within a company’s plan for GSCM.
Discuss the lessons learned from successful materials management case studies.
- Leadership, Assessment, and Life Cycle Analysis
- Environmental Costs and Benefits
- Guiding Your Company’s Plan
- Success Story
Sustainability Purchasing Practices
The objective of the Sustainability Purchasing practices series is to bring together policies, communication tools, process improvements, standards, and reporting mechanisms to help align purchasing practices with values and incorporate these into a sustainable purchasing program. A sustainable purchasing policy promotes the use of environmentally preferable products in its acquisition of goods and services through the consideration of life cycle effects from:
Recycled material content
Depletion of natural resources
Potential impact on health and nature
At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:
Describe the concept of green purchasing and how it is achieved.
Explain the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) DfE program.
State the benefits of a green purchasing department.
Compare the costs associated with older, conventional purchasing methods and green purchasing practices.
- Concepts in Green Purchasing
- Involve Your Purchasing Department in Sustainability
Green Cleaning Practices and Food Service
This series promotes green cleaning as an important aspect of achieving healthier indoor air quality. The modules in this series provide an overview of how to implement green cleaning techniques into the workplace. In addition, the modules provide assistance with how to plan for the use of nontoxic cleansers and cleaning products with natural ingredients. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:
Identify hazards found in chemical cleaning agents.
Identify green alternatives to traditional cleaning products.
Describe sick building syndrome.
Identify the 10 steps to implementing a green cleaning program.
- Become Familiar with Green Cleaning Concepts
- Changing Your Cleaning Practices
- Food Service
The modules in this series provide information on how to create an environmentally and socially responsible food system that includes criteria for all purchasing, food preparation and service, presentation, cleaning and waste disposal, equipment and supplies, facility design, and renovation and utilities. The Food Service series also reviews converting to more environmentally friendly processes, identifying opportunities for significant savings, examining newer products in food ware, and producing less waste. Detailed sustainability requirements encompass local and organic food sourcing, waste minimization options, compliance with certification standards, recycling and composting procedures and practices, compostable packaging materials, nontoxic cleaning products, and much more. At the conclusion of this series and successful completion of the post-module tests, the student will be able to:
Using case studies from the hotel and restaurant industry, discuss the lessons learned and benefits derived from developing recycling policies.
Describe the seven steps involved in developing a recycling policy.
Describe environmentally preferable products and services and how recycled/compostable products can be used in food service.
Discuss cost considerations involved in going green.
- Waste and Recycling in Food Service
- Greener Food Service Practices
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