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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 those interested in the environment and sustainability. SBE, DBE, CBE, and WBE firms are encouraged to enroll:


Envision v3 coming in August 2018!

The Envision Rating System is an international standard for assessing the sustainability of projects across a variety of categories. This half-day 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 Version 3 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 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.


August 29 and 30 Training
September 12 and 13 Training
October 10 and 11 Training
November 29 and 30 Training
December 12 and 13 Training

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


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

Building Resilience


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. You can join the series at any time. The next workshops will be offered:

Community as the Building Block : September 20, 9:30 – 11am  – Communities that are connected and empowered are more likely to recover fully from disasters, and become better off than they were before. Why are communities fundamental to resilience and how do we find, connect and support them? Learn how this translates to developing strong teams at work and how we can leverage organizations and project teams to prepare for a changing world.

Resilient Energy Systems : October 19, 9:30 – 11am  - Resilient communities require clean, diversified, and reliable energy. Learn about the design and implementation of such systems, as well as established and emerging technologies. Understand the connection between resilience and sustainability, zero net energy, and the potential for creating a green and just energy economy.

Resilient Water Systems : November 8, 9:30 – 11am   Access to clean drinking water is a fundamental human right. California’s water system faces a variety of changes, from drought to an aging water infrastructure, to changes in precipitation. Learn how resilience principles apply to water systems and what solutions exist to transform and protect the region’s water supply and quality.

Building Resilience Work – A Metro Case Study

Building resilience requires a new approach to understanding the interactions of physical, social, and economic systems. This highly interactive, capacity-building workshop will introduce the core concepts and methodologies of the building resilience process, using LA metro as a real-world example. Come learn about building resilience teams, assessing existing conditions and on-coming threats and vulnerabilities, selecting and implementing solutions and charting a path toward continual improvement. The next workshop will be: December 11, 8am-noon

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 whenever possible 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.


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.

September 27, 1:30-3pm
October 17, 9:30-11am

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.

November 15, 1:30 – 3pm

Essentials of Native Plant Horticulture

A successful native plant garden depends on picking the right plants for the site and proper on-going care. This class provides basic information on plant selection, planting, establishment, watering, pruning, and pest management. Helpful handouts and resources for more information will be provided.

December 11, 1:30 – 3pm

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