Ringling ID Students Become LEED Accredited Professionals

    Ringling ID Students Become LEED Accredited Professionals

    January 22, 2009 -  Aubrey Pendleton and Walker Storey, Ringling Interior Design seniors, have both recently taken and passed the LEED AP Exam on their first attempt, making them LEED Accredited Professionals.  

    LEED Professional Accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System. More than 75,000 people have earned the credential since the Professional Accreditation program was launched in 2001.

    The Ringling Interior Design department's mission statement, "Interior designers are stewards of the environment," as well as their teaching staff, back up this practice.  Jill Eleazer, Ringling Interior Design faculty, says this of the LEED program, "All of our classes focus on sustainable design and environmental responsibility - especially since Interior Designers are responsible for specifying billions of dollars worth of construction materials and furnishings. We include design projects and studies throughout our curriculum that incorporate  LEED standards. We are beginning to focus on 'gearing up' all of our students to successfully take the LEED exam prior to graduation as well."

    Norman Hervieux, Interior Design Department Head, also commented on Jill's commitment to the environment, stating that "Jill's teaching serves as an inspiration to students' growing interest in environmental sustainability."

    Congratulations Aubrey and Walker!  Being LEED APs, these two now have a great addition to their resumes. 

    For more information about LEED please visit : http://www.usgbc.org/.