Raising the Green IQ for Metro and the greater Los Angeles community
Metro is offering the following trainings to our small business partners and non-profits interested in the environment and sustainability:
The Envision Rating System is an international standard for assessing the sustainability of projects across a variety of categories. This 8-hour training provides instruction in the rating system through presentations, group exercises, and case studies. This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn about selecting the right sustainability solution for a project, especially planners, engineers, architects, operators, maintainers and procurers.
Reasons to take Envision with Metro:
- The Envision Rating System is used by Metro, the County and City of Los Angeles
- You will take the course with Metro employees, allowing us to pass cost savings on to our SBE partners.
- Metro uses the language and concepts from Envision when planning, constructing, maintaining and operating infrastructure projects
- Highly rated Envision projects tend to have long-term viability, lower cost, fewer negative impacts on the community, and saves owners and operators money over time.
Completion of this workshop qualifies participants to take the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) accreditation exam.
G-PRO is a comprehensive green building training and certificate program developed with and for those who build and operate building infrastructure. These trainings are offered in partnership with USGBC-LA. Some reasons to take these trainings:
- This courses introduce participants to the principles of green concepts and terminology
- Successful completion qualifies contractors, trades, building operators and service workers for LEED pilot credit 81 under New Construction and Exiting Buildings
- GBCI and AIA credits are available
G-PRO Fundamentals: The first module, Fundamentals of Building Green, provides a foundational background on concepts that will help you bridge the gap between conventional and sustainable practices. Trainings are offered monthly
G-PRO Operations and Maintenance : This module is ideal for those who plan for, manage and operate facilities. You will learn how to improve building performance, strategies to increase efficiency, reduce waste, and maintain indoor air quality. Trainings are offered quarterly
Building resilience means planning for change in ways that make us better off - now. Some reasons to take these trainings:
- You will learn the skills, processes and tools to get the most out of resilience assessments, planning and implementation
- Learn a methodology for busting silos and unleashing the potential of buildings, organizations, and communities so that they can adapt and thrive no matter what disruptions come their way.
Introduction to Resilience Series
This series of 90-minute workshops are designed to introduce you to what resilience is and how it applies to your life at home and at work. Workshops will explore integrating resilience into your projects, designing resilient communities, resilience assessments, passive survivability, and making the business case for resilience. You can join the series at any time. The next workshops will be offered:
Building Resilience in the Workplace
This half-day workshop introduces the concepts of resilience through local case studies, including some from Metro. Participants learn how to create opportunities in their work environment for these ideas to be introduced and take hold. This workshop gives an overview of the concepts that are shared in more depth through the introduction to resilience workshop series. The next workshop will be:
May 23, 8am-Noon
Building Climate Resiliency through Native Plants
Nearly 30% of all Metro water use is related to landscaping. In response, Metro stations and landscaping designs are utilizing drought tolerant California native plants to reduce the need for irrigation while maintaining regional biodiversity. This series:
- Teaches how we select these plants
- Increases awareness about challenges and opportunities related to the use of native plants.
Essentials of California native Plant Horticulture
Learn about the beauty and ecological value of California native plants, how they conserve water and energy. In addition, get an overview of planting techniques, establishment, irrigation, pruning, and ongoing maintenance.
Native Plant Alternatives
Consider alternatives to standard landscape trees and shrubs that deliver multiple benefits. Native plants do more than save water – they provide habitat, enhance open spaces, save energy, and require no fertilizers while connecting us to our shared natural and cultural heritage.