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Green Affordable Housing Training Series

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The USGBC–Illinois Chapter, in partnership with the Chicago Community Loan Fund and the Alliance for Environmental Sustainabilty, implemented a new training program, the Green Affordable Housing Training Series.  This comprehensiveprogram was designed to support staff of Chicago affordable housing development organizations. The three-phase training series —offered at no cost for participating organizations– prepared and supported organizational staff to study for and pass the LEED Green Associate exam and the LEED for Homes exam, resulting in increased capacity among Chicago developers to successfully implement affordable green and LEED for Homes projects.  In the third and final phase, participants explored methods for community engagement, and collaborate on team projects.

This grant-funded program was supported by the Chicago Community Trust, the Boeing Foundation, Northern Trust, the Field Foundation, the Chicago Community Loan Fund, and the national U.S. Green Building Council.



This phase began in Spring 2012, with a cohort of 25 participants.  A second cohort of 30 participants began the training in Spring, 2013.
  • Receive content training related to green residential development at no cost to you
  • Receive training and support to earn the LEED GA credential, with the option to pursue more advanced credentialing
  • Learn to reduce carbon impact and reduce energy usage while gaining real-world skills
  • Build capacity of development staff in the areas of energy efficiency, integrated design, and green building
  • Receive support in an enhanced learning environment through a cohort approach
  • Welcome & Course introduction (2 hours)
  • LEED Core Concepts 201 – (8 hours)
  • LEED for Homes 252 – (8 hours)
  • LEED Green Associate Study Session 1 (4 hours)
  • LEED Green Associate Study Session 2 (4 hours)
  • Participate in course introduction, and 4 training dates (outlined above)
  • Sit for the LEED Green Associate Exam



This phase began in Fall, 2012.  In addition to the workshops, this phase also included a project experience component. USGBC-Illinois recruited individuals with active LEED for Homes construction projects to serve as project advisors for the Green Affordable Housing Training Series.
  • Residential Building Science – Day 1 (6 hours)
  • Residential Building Science – Day 2 (6 hours)
  • Residential Building Science – Day 3, Site Visit (4 hours)
  • LEED for Homes 301 – (8 hours)
  • LEED AP Homes Study Session 1 (8 hours)
  • LEED AP Homes Study Session 2 (8 hours)
  • 10-20 hours LEED Project Experience
  • Participate in all training dates and study sessions (outlined above)
  • Sit for the LEED AP for Homes Exam



This phase began in Fall 2013.  The Chicago-based workshop series was an opportunity for individual or company/organization to connect with local resources and build lasting relationships in your community. USGBC-Illinois welcomed applications from any organization staff, volunteers, entrepreneurs, or community members in Chicago – no prerequisites required.


WORKSHOPS     View the full  Program Description & Timeline
  • 9/17/13 (#1) 9am-4:15pm – Program Overview & Introduction to Community Engagement Methods
  • 10/1/13 (#2) 9am-1pm – Resource Presentations & Tour
  • 10/15/13 (#3) 8:30am-12:30pm and/or 12:30-4:30pm – Field Trips
  • 10/29/13 (#4) 9am-1pm – Resource Presentations & Tour
  • 11/12/13 (#5) 9am-1pm – Team Presentations: Mini-Project Planning
  • 1/28/14 (#6) 9am-1pm – Team Presentations: Mini-Project Outcomes
  • 2/4/14 (#7) 9am-1pm – Next Steps
  • Attend all workshops
  • Engage with a broad network of city and regional community-building organizations
  • Collaborate with a team of 3-5 people
  • Contribute to the mini-project and presentations (this will require some meetings between workshops)

Explore the Case Studies from the Chapter Green Affordable Housing Training:

Beethoven Learning Garden Case Study

Energy Impact Illinois House Party Case Study

Greystone Row Case Study

Re-It Don’t be a Litterbug

SECC Case Study

Serving Up Sustainability Case Study

YEU Case Study



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