Environmental Stewardship and sustainable pedagogy

In keeping with its tradition of educating students to live responsibly in an interdependent world, Marywood's School of Architecture is a member of the United States Green Building Council and is located in a LEED Gold adaptive reuse facility. The building is designed to be a teaching tool to help assist with the development of a new generation of architects and interior architects who will assume major responsibility for our built environment.

Students enrolled in both the Architecture and Interior Architecture programs will be introduced to current sustainable building practices and technologies throughout each level of their studio experience to help cultivate their own instinctual sustainable design practice.

Additional graduate level coursework includes a class based on the study of the national LEED accreditation system for the LEED Green Associate certification as well as LEED AP for New Building Construction and LEED AP for Commercial Interiors.

All students over the age of 18 are encouraged to join the USGBC and apply to take the LEED Green Associates exam. By passing this exam, students earn a professional credential that distinguishes them as professionals with expertise in green building practices and would be a valued supplement for their matriculation into the professional design community.

LEED -- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design -- is a rating system developed by the USBGC --United States Green Building Council -- to encourage the global adoption of sustainable building practices. For additional information on the LEED building rating system and personal LEED credential advancement, please contact the United States Green Building Council at www.usgbc.org