News Release
University Affairs Office
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
(707) 664-2057
    January 5, 2004
    Contact: Armando Navarro, (707) 664-2394


New Certificate Program in Green Building Techniques Starts Jan. 24

Architects, engineers, construction personnel and members of the building industry are increasingly being challenged to design, develop and build spaces in harmony with the environment.

The Green Building Professional Certificate at Sonoma State University prepares practitioners to respond to this challenge and is one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the nation.

This year long course, beginning Jan. 24, is designed specifically with the working professional in mind. All classes are held monthly, on Saturdays, from either 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. or 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The program’s instructors are all practicing professionals in today’s green building industry. An informational meeting on the program is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. in Salazar 2013.

This program provides an in-depth understanding of the social, economic and environmental issues related to the design and construction of residential and commercial buildings.

The program consists of six core curriculum sections that will delve, with great depth, into a variety of relevant topics which includes: sustainability and the built environment, site selection and design, water efficiency practices, energy sources, indoor environmental quality, identifying green building materials, and case studies. All sections are open to individual enrollment for students who do not wish to participate in the full certificate program.

Class sessions will be held in the Environmental Technology Center on campus, which is a dynamic, interactive and integrative facility incorporating sustainable building techniques and a wide range of design features that minimize energy use.

Graduates of this program will be able to work with the owners, project managers, architects, engineers, builders and subcontractors for a project to facilitate green building decision-making, and to set out, monitor and fulfill attainable objectives.

For more information about the program content, contact Armando Navarro at (707) 664-2577 or by e-mail at

For registration information, call the SSU School of Extended Education at (707) 664-2394 or visit the website at Green Building is listed under “Our Programs.”


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