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Growing a Greener Workforce

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:

Envision

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 planners, engineers, architects, operators, maintainers and procurers.

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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.

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G-PRO logo

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

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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

Register for G-PRO Fundamentals

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

Register for G-PRO Operations and Maintenance

New series! Building Resilience

USGBC LA

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.

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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.

Workshop 1 - focus on the need for resilience in our lives
This first workshop will introduce the concept of resilience and how they play out in our everyday lives. Consider the recent natural fire, flood, and weather-related disasters and how each of us has been effected. What if we knew what makes a community vulnerable and could plan efficiencies to address these disruptions.
Register January 11, 11:30-1:00

Workshop 2 - focus on the types of resilience we can develop
This workshop explores the three types of resilience: physical, economic and social.  There is research on how to build resilience and how to gain strength by working together with the right people on your team. Learn specific strategies to bring this research to your work and life through local examples.
Register March 21, 11:30-1:00

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.
Register February 23, 8am-Noon

New series! Building Climate Resiliency through Native Plants

Theodore Payne Foundation

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.

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Right Plant: Your Place
A successful garden depends on careful planning. Learn how to assess the conditions of your site, including climate, soil, sunlight, and space. We will discuss the irrigation needs of native plants, including how to get them through their establishment period. Explore some examples of Metro efforts in planting natives and generate ideas for next steps.
Register January 18, 10-11:30am

Gardening for Wildlife
Landscape choices can play a vital role in the health of local ecosystems when they are enriched with native plants that provide essential habitat and food for Southern California birds, bees, and butterflies, among other welcome wildlife. Learn about selecting native plants for their benefits to the greater ecosystem and biodiversity. Explore some examples of Metro efforts in planting natives and generate ideas for next steps.
Register March 1, 10-11:30am

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