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URI to sponsor green-design training workshop for building professionals, Oct. 18

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 28, 2004 -- Architects, engineers, contactors, facilities managers, building owners, and others interested in taking the lead on being green in Rhode Island will have an opportunity to learn just how easy it is to build green.

Next month, in cooperation with the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the University of Rhode Island will sponsor a U. S. Green Building Council LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) training workshop for building professionals. The workshop will be held Monday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University Club on Upper College Road, Kingston Campus.

The workshop is open to all individuals involved in the building industry. If registered by Oct. 11, fees are $325 for USGBC members and $425 for non-members. After Oct. 11, rates are $355 and $475 respectively. To register visit

The LEED® Green Building Rating System that will be taught is a comprehensive design and assessment tool that can help building professionals improve energy efficiency and measure the sustainability of their projects. The workshop will introduce basic green-building design benefits and strategies, show participants how to use the LEED rating system, and help prepare participants to sit for the LEED Accredited Professional exam.

The training is considered to be an important step for helping professionals reduce environmental impacts and achieve superior economic performance on projects and properties.

The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s leading coalition of corporations, builders, universities, federal and local agencies, and nonprofit organizations working together to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Greenbuild, as well as the LEED Green Building Rating System, are programs of the USGBC. For more information on the USGBC, visit