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SKYed Principal Discusses Green Building Core Concepts @ Pace Law School

posted Oct 1, 2010, 10:22 AM by Skylight Education   [ updated Oct 5, 2010, 1:57 PM ]
September 23rd, 2010
by Brian Wennersten

White Plains, NY - Higher education is now starting to catch on to educating their students about green building core concepts and environmental issues.  I have discussed in a previous post about a NYTimes Article about Community Colleges unveiling continuing education programs to train professionals for "green collar" jobs.  Rutgers University, my alma mater, has started a graduate program that allows students to earn a Masters of Business and Science (MBS) degree.  In fact, I graduated with an Bachelor of Science in Environmental & Business Economics in 2003.  Even then Rutgers recognized the importance of combining business with the environmental sciences in an effort to improve our benefits to people, our economy and our planet.  Despite this, it has taken years for the MBS and other programs to develop and be recognized for their importance.  Upon graduation, in '03, I was even advised to remove the Environmental part off of my resume while job searching for a business/finance job.  There was little that could be done back then, but I was determined to leave that part on their and include my environmental science interests in the pursuit of my career pathway. 


While there has been many programs out there starting to focus on environmental curriculum, there has been less discussion about the law aspects of green building, unless that is you are Stephen Del Percio, J.D, LEED AP and you write a blog called "Green Real Estate Law".  Stephen has been discussing green real esate law for several years now and has begun teaching a course, "Green Buildings and the Law",   at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY with colleague Gregory S. Hoffnagle, J.D., LEED AP.  The two invited me to be a guest lecturer for one of their recent classes.  The discussions ended up being educational for me, as we able to touch upon the many aspects where law might come into play.  It is interesting to see how green building is having an impact on so many different industries, including attorneys.


A couple months back I was also able to contribute to the Emerging Professionals of the NYC's Urban Green Council in a 3 hour LEED GA exam preparation event.  All proceeds for that event went directly to the EP group and help to fund their next large event, the Natural Talent Design Competition, in which the winner went on to win the national competition. 


I have to say, it is fun getting the word out and contributing to the increasing amount of awareness in regards to real estate construction and its impacts on our environment and economy.  While it is amazing to see how far we have come since I graduated from Rutgers, there is still a lot of work to be done.