Research LabEducation, Training & Research

In order to carry out our mission to empower others to build and operate green buildings, Watershed has a strong focus on education. Since 2008, Watershed has provided green building training to over 2,500 professionals and an introduction to green building concepts to over 500 school children. In our research partnerships, Watershed pushes the boundaries of green building knowledge and serves as a bridge from theory to practice.


Continuing Education

Watershed offers continuing education on sustainable building design, construction and operations for our region. We train design professionals, contractors, building owners, facility managers, and real estate professionals to choose and utilize effective green building strategies for our hot humid climate.

Professional Training

Watershed also offers program specific training in LEED, Sustainable Sites Initiative, and Living Building Challenge certifications.

Speaking Engagements

We are committed to donating several general educational programs to our community each year. In the past these have covered topics such as sustainable living, greening our schools, energy efficient home renovations, and sustainable business practices.

 

Research Partnerships

Through partnerships with research institutions and non-profits Watershed is involved into research into the environmental impacts of building materials, performance testing of green building strategies, and demonstration projects. We are able to utilize the data generated by this research and create educational programs, white papers, and pilot credits for green building rating systems. We are passionate about pushing the boundaries of green building knowledge. Please get in touch with us, if you would like to discuss a research partnership.

“The Watershed presentations were a well balanced blend of “big picture” and detail –
just enough to connect with both a beginner and a more experienced professional audience”

David W. Hinson, FAIA, Head, School of Architecture, Auburn University