Young Green Designers Get Focused Mentoring

The Architecture/Construction/Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program offers junior and senior high school students mentorship from established professionals in the design and building trades. The U.S. Green Building Council is the force behind the tremendously successful Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certfication system. Now they’ve teamed up to get youth on board with sustainable design.

The Sustainable Design Award (SDA) program, funded through a grant from AT&T, gives ACE students anywhere in the country the benefit of one-on-one online mentoring with industry professionals who actively apply green design strategies to their work as architects, engineers, and construction managers. (To participate in the program, ACE mentors must have LEED-AP accreditation.)

ACE Susatinable Design Award

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The SDA program consists of two main activities. First, students learn the fundamental principles and practices of green design via the USGBC’s interactive online course.  (Students must pass a short quiz on the course before they can proceed to the next phase of the program.)

Part two of the SDA program involves a case study of a sustainably designed building. Students choose one of four LEED Platinum certified buildings to analyze, then read through a detailed description of the project and complete a digital report identifying and explaining the project’s sustainable design strategies and their benefits.

More information about the mentorship program is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.