In This Issue:
11 & 12
12 & 13
Perspectives is the bimonthly e-newsletter of the Alberta Chapter, Canada Green Building Council.
Year's eco resolutions
Start the New Year off right - with some eco-friendly resolutions! Which do you practice now - and which can you increase?
Do you have your finger on the pulse of the sustainable building industry in Alberta? Are you passionate about our industry and know others across Canada could benefit from your insights and experience. You are waiting for a chance to contribute to the broader green building community.
Bookmark the Canada Green Building Council site for a January 20th, "Call for Candidates" to the CaGBC Board of Directors.
The Council hopes to fill seven seats, in particular in the following categories:
Do you have what it takes? If you can demonstrate leadership on climate change and sustainability, passion for the issues, the ability to advocate for green buildings or the ability to influence a particular sector of the green building industry, then step up to the plate - and put your name forward.
Note: Alberta needs your representation! Alberta's only current board representative's term expires in 2010.
Mark your calendars for St. Patrick's Day - and think green as you prepare for the 2010 Alberta Chapter, CaGBC Board of Directors elections.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held after work Wednesday, March 17 in Calgary and video linked to Edmonton members.
Three director positions, each for three-year terms, are open for election. Two must be from the Alberta South Region (south of Red Deer). The third position can be from either Alberta South or Alberta North (Red Deer, north). Specific positions on the Board are chosen by the elected Board members.
Plan to attend. The AGM will also offer an overview of the Chapter's financial and membership strength and will affirm direction for 2010.
Here's the good news: the number of LEED Accredited Professionals (APs) is skyrocketing. Canada alone boasts more than 8,400 APs; worldwide, there are more than 100,000 APs.
Here's even better news: the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canada Green Building Council have taken the needed leap to ensure the AP designation maintains its integrity and value both throughout the sustainable building community and with the many other professions we work with.
How can the two organizations ensure the sustaining value of the accreditation process? The answer involves a multi-part process:
The first significant change, however, comes with the body responsible for AP credentialing. Formerly conducted by the USGBC and CaGBC, credentialing and certification has become the purview of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Originally spun off from the USGBC, the GBCI provides objective third party verification, systems development, analysis and audit functions for LEED APs.
The new LEED AP Program
The new program will include three levels of excellence. These levels offer APs a mechanism to acknowledge increasing levels of knowledge and expertise, increasing levels of eligibility requirements for all levels of the exam system, and required continuing education for all levels to ensure LEED professionals have the latest knowledge and understanding of green building practices.
You are likely aware that the last date to write the existing NC and CI exams was December 31, 2009. GBCI is working hard to get all processes developed, tested and in place - but specific timelines for the new systems in Canada are yet to be determined. Stay tuned, and you will be updated as information becomes available.
APs will be able to earn credits toward their maintenance requirement through self-study programs, reading, certificates, professional licences / credentials, professional development, publishing articles, LEED project participation and courses. Attendance at presentations and workshops will also qualify if the event is listed as an approved LEED curriculum topic or identified as approved training under the Education Providers Program (EPP).