Green Building Methods


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Start Date: May 7, 2024 
End Date: July 26, 2024


Course Description

In this 100% online course, students learn about green building methods, techniques and practices and how they can be applied to planning practice. The course focuses on concepts associated with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design®, (LEED®,) which is a green building certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC®) that recognizes building practices that save money, reduce water consumption, improve indoor air quality, make better material choices, and overall have less negative impacts to the environment.

The instructor, Kim Burton, is a professional engineer (P.E.), certified planner (AICP) with advanced certification in transportation planning (CTP), and a LEED accredited professional in Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND).  An award winning planner, she is an active member of the American Planning Association (APA)/American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Complete Streets Coalition, Green Energy Ohio, and U.S. Green Building Council.  In particular, she developed the AICP Certified Transportation Planner Course for Planetizen (2015), and she serves as a participating member of the APA’s Community Planning Assistance Team, providing pro-bono planning services to U.S. communities. 

Advantages of this program

Other similar programs are focused exclusively on coaching people about what they need to know in order to just pass the LEED examination. Our program provides that and more with a comprehensive study of the concepts and practices within the green building methods discipline. Students who successfully complete this program will not only be ready to pass the exam, but they also will be better prepared for success in the field and their career.

What students will learn 

Upon completion of this course, a student should understand green building methods, techniques, and practices as it relates to planning and LEED, including the core strategies related to:

  1. Integrative Process
  2. Location and Transportation
  3. Sustainable Sites
  4. Water Efficiency
  5. Energy and Atmosphere
  6. Materials and Resources
  7. Indoor Environmental Quality
  8. Innovation and Regional Priority

What students can expect

The online delivery of the course is comprised of:

  • The course is equivalent to a one semester credit hour class.
  • This course consists of approximately 40 hours of class time that includes 12-13 hours of recorded faculty lectures and 23-24 hours of additional course work.
  • All course lectures are recorded and available to you 24/7 through the university's Learning Management System called - Carmen. 
  • ​Students have up to 14 weeks (13 weeks in Summer) to complete the course work. The course can be completed as quickly as seven weeks. Students select their pace. 

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About LEED

For buildings to receive LEED certification, projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. LEED certified buildings are more efficient and cost less to operate with reduced energy and water bills, and they typically have faster lease-up rates, higher property values, and may qualify for incentives like tax rebates and zoning allowances.

Professionals can obtain LEED accreditation if they are interested in working on LEED projects or have a general interest in green building methods. The accreditation helps professionals learn green building methods, techniques, and practices. The credential letters are a visible indicator to other professionals or employers indicating a person is environmentally conscious and knowledgeable. In addition, if an accredited professional works on a LEED project, it provides additional points toward the project’s certification level.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Required Text Books

The required text books and materials students must purchase for this course include:

  • The two books listed below can be purchased on the USGBC website where the study bundle cost is lower than purchasing the books separately elsewhere. 

    Study Bundle: LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide LEED v4 Edition and LEED Core Concepts Guide ($155 non-member/$130 member)

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must purchase the v4 edition of the LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide to have the most up-to-date information that is covered on the exam.


Registration ends on Friday, May 3, 2024.

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Course Fee:

$249 per person


Cancellations and Refunds

A full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee, will be made if cancellation is received prior to the start of the course.

No refunds will be issued after the course begins.



LEED® and the related logo are trademarks owned by the U.S. Green Building Council® and are used with permission.


K. Burton

Kim Burton
Associate Professor of Practice
City and Regional Planning
Knowlton School of Architecture & College of Engineering
The Ohio State University

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AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity. When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at

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If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact:

Professional & Distance Education Programs 


Call: 614-247-9581


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