Industry teams up with Cambridge academics on sustainable construction

An industry organisation dedicated to the promotion of green building techniques has teamed up with two academic institutions to deliver training to those wishing to hone their skills and become leader in the field.

The UK Green Building Council has decided to delve into the sphere of education following increasing frequent demand from those working within the construction and property sector for the organisation to offer training courses.

As part of its new Sustainability Training and Education Programme (STEP) programme the UK-GBC will be involved in two courses – one for building professionals wishing to get green skills and knowledge of the latest developments in sustainable technology and a second, a ‘sustainability leadership programme’, aimed at those working in the built environment at senior management or board room level.

The College of Estate Management will deliver the introductory course to sustainable development and the built environment, which roll out in spring 2010 and could accommodate up to 12,500 people in its first year.

The University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL) and environmental consultancy WSP will deliver the leadership course.

Aimed at those in positions of the greatest influence, around 90 places will be available on this course in the first year.

Chad Harrell, head of business development at the UK Green Building Council, said:

“The construction and property sector must be at the forefront of a low-carbon, sustainable economy. However, we need the skills, knowledge and expertise to match the scale of this challenge.

“We’re delighted to bring on board these like-minded delivery partners for the roll out of STEP.

“Our research has shown great demand for UK-GBC involvement in sustainability training and education and these first two offerings will help those in our sector not only to address the challenge of sustainability, but also to unearth the huge market opportunities.”

Sam Bond

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