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UCI Division of Continuing Education Approved as a U.S. Green Building Council Education Provider

Designation Validates University’s Dedication to High-Quality Education; Enhances Professional

IRVINE, Calif. – April 26, 2010 – The University of California, Irvine Extension today announced it has been approved as a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Education Provider. The USGBC has reviewed and approved the technical and instructional quality of 10 UC Irvine Extension Sustainability courses. As an Education Provider, UC Irvine Extension’s high-quality education programs will help to enhance the ongoing professional development of the building industry and LEED Professionals. UC Irvine’s courses are approved by USGBC for GBCI CE Hours towards the LEED Credential Maintenance Program.

“Green initiatives and sustainability jobs will only continue to grow during the next few years,” said Kirwan Rockefeller, director of Sustainability Leadership at UC Irvine Extension. “We felt it was imperative to develop high-quality courses that will help this industry and its professionals flourish. The USGBC designation marks a very exciting time for UC Irvine’s Sustainability programs and its students.”

To receive the USGBC Education Provider designation, UC Irvine Extension submitted coursework, detailed information about its sustainability certificate programs and an overview of its instructional guidelines to the USGBC. Upon completion of the rigorous review process, UC Irvine Extension has received approval for a total of 10 sustainability courses, including:

• Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability & Green Business

• Legal Developments Concerning the Environment & Climate Change

• Framework for Strategic Vision

• Climate Protection & Environmental Sustainability: The Business of Mitigating Change

• Green Supply Chain

• Sustainability Reporting: Drivers, Protocols & Quantitative Methods

• Energy Retrofits: Saving Energy in Existing Buildings

• The Future of Energy: Cleantech

• Transforming the Built Environment: EBOM Principles

• Sustainable Practices in Senior Housing: The Boom of Our Aging

“We are very proud to list UC Irvine Extension as an Education Providers,” said Ryan Snow, Manager of Education Review Systems at the USGBC. “The institution has created a robust line-up of green building education that target professionals seeking to enrich their knowledge of green building theories, techniques and business trends”

To learn more about UC Irvine’s Sustainability Leadership Certificate Program, please visit To register for courses, call 949-824-5414 or e-mail

U.S. Green Building Council

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 140,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit