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It is crucial for the greater acceptance and implementation of concepts related to sustainable architecture that educational opportunities be provided. Both traditional formal schooling as well as informal, hands-on training are important. Finding these educational resources can be a daunting task, with few institutions offering curricula that is focused on truly sustainable values, although this is changing. Students and the general population are demanding that architects and other professionals be trained in the principles of sustainable architecture, and some institutions are responding to this.

On this page you will find access to many programs and events where you can learn about this all-important field. Specific workshops and events are listed on their own page, whereas on-going workshop opportunities and links to institutions of higher learning can be found here. Some of these are even available as on-line courses. These listings are incomplete, so if you know of something that could be listed but isn't, please let us know. There is a bulletin board of announcements that relate to sustainable architecture. Some books related to teaching or learning various aspects of sustainable architecture are also listed.

 

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SPECIFIC WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

ON-GOING WORKSHOP LINKS

LINKS TO INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING

LINKS FOR TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION

INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES WITH WORKSHOPS

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LINKS TO INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING

ecosainstitute.org ECOSA Institute offers a 3 month immersion program in Ecological Design/Architecture that may be worth up to 15 credit hours with an articulation agreement between schools.
ecoversity.org Eco Versity a highly qualified faculty teaches courses on a wide range of topics related to sustainable architecture.
nnmc.edu Northern New Mexico Community College at their El Rito Campus has a program of education about adobe constuction.
unex.berkeley.edu UC Berkeley Extension offers a year-long program in Sustainable Design for professionals.
grisb.org The Geiger Research Institue of Sustainable Building features workshops and a strawbale certification program.
yc.edu Yavapai College Residential Building Technology Program in Arizona is focused on green and high performance residential construction with both classroom and jobsite courses.
ces.sdsu.edu
San Diego State University offers an on-line course for a professional certificate in Green Building Construction.
bsu.edu/architecture
Ball State Universtiy in Muncie, Indiana, offers architectural degrees with some studies in environmental systems.
architecture.arizona.edu
The Universtiy of Arizona has a five year program leading to a Bachelor of Architecture, with a strong emphasis on energy conservation.
design.asu.edu School of Architecture, Arizona State University
caed.calpoly.edu
California Polytechnic State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design, San Luis Opispo
csupomona.edu
California Polytechnic State University College of Environmental Design, Pomona
sonoma.edu
Sonoma State University Department of Environmental Studies and Planning
sfia.net San Francisco Institute of Architecture: A new kind of school for Architecture and Ecological Design
ced.berkeley.eduUniversity of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design
newcollege.ed New College of California for a just, sacred and sustainable world
arch.usf.edu University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design
capd.ksu.edu Kansas State University College of Architecture Planning and Design
the-bac.edu Boston Architectural Center College of Architecture
mit.edu MIT School of Architecture
wit.edu Wentworth Institute of Technology
cala.umn.edu University of Minnesota Department of Architecture
arch.wustl.edu Washington Univertsity in St. Louis, School of Architecture
arch.montana.edu Montana State University School of Architecture
unlv.edu University of Nevada Los Vegas School of Architecture
sipa.columbia.edu Columbia University SIPA Ph.D. in Sustainable Development
arch.rpi.edu Architecture Rensselaer
ncsudesign.org North Carolina State University Scool of Architecture
coa.uncc.edu University of North Carolina College of Architecture
uoregon.edu University of Oregon Department of Architecture
tamu.edu Texas A&M University College of Architecture
soa.utexas.edu University of Texas School of Architecture
arch.vt.edu Virginia Tech College of Architecture & Urban Studies

virginia.edu University of Virginia School of Architecture
sunyulster.edu Ulster County Community College is a two-year college that offers a Sustainable Building Advisor Certificate Program
eng.newcastle.edu.au University of Newcastle in Australia, Environmentally Sustainable Design
flemingc.on.ca Fleming is the first college in Canada to offer an intensive program in sustainable building.
greenbuildinguniversity.com features classes about green building that mainly relate to the real estate profession.
gse.cat.org.uk Centre for Alternative Technology offers a MSc AEES (a degree of the University of East London)
ecotechinstitute.com offers associate’s degrees in Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Paralegal, etc.
newschool.edu/parsons offers a BFA in Architectural Design, a four-year pre-professional degree in various architectural studies.

TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION LINKS

solarenergy.org Solar Energy International offers a Solar Professionals Certificate Program that prepares students for the solar industry and a career. 

cascadiagbc.org the Cascadia Sustainability Academy offers training and certification to building professionals interested in advancing their knowledge and technical mastery of a wide-range of sustainability topics. Each of the programs in the academy provide expert instruction, high quality examinations and ultimately, certification.

grisb.org The Geiger Research Institue of Sustainable Building features workshops and a strawbale certification program.

bootsontheroof.com offers certification for various aspects of renewable energy technology.

greenrealestateeducation.com a "green education" company in the United States focused on the real estate industry.

cleanedison.com offers training for taking the LEED exams for becoming a certified LEED professional evaluator.

greenadvantage.org Green Advantage Certification helps builders get jobs, contractors win bids, and allows building occupants to enjoy healthier, more efficient homes and buildings.

buildagreenbusiness.com offers training and certification in the fields of green building, alternative energy, geothermal and ground source heat, and green business management and marketing.

nahbgreen.org trains people to become verifyers for their National Association of Home Builders Green Building Certification program.

becominggreeninc.com provides training to become a certified green specialist, designer or consultant. They also offer the background and resources needed to help others to evaluate green products and energy systems.

ibe.colostate.edu The Green Building Certificate Program provides comprehensive and practical knowledge for sustainable building design within the context of LEED at Colorado State University.

concise-courses.com blends online study with field training in courses on Green Advantage, BPI Building Analyst, and RESNET HERS Energy Rater.

solarliving.org in Northern California offers many training courses and workshops related to renewable energy and sustainable living, both hands-on and on-line.

everblue.edu an accredited institution that features Renewable Energy Training, Weatherization Training, RESNET HERS Rater, LEED Accredited Professional, NABCEP Solar Certification, Corporate Sustainability, and Carbon Accounting.

sunyulster.edu Ulster County Community College is a two-year college that offers a Sustainable Building Advisor Certificate Program

endeavourcentre.org Our full-time New Construction and Renovation programs will offer students an in-depth, hands-on experience in a real-life building project from start to finish. We will be adding a full-time Sustainable Design program to that roster of in-depth, intensive, hands-on learning opportunities.

solarschoolpa.com offers courses in photovoltaic systems and solar thermal systems for professional solar installers.

ecotechinstitute.com offers associate’s degrees in Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Paralegal, etc.

plenitudpr.org Plenitud is a research and educational organization focused on Permaculture and natural building. Workshops, trainings, and internships in diverse topics are offered regularly at the teaching center in Puerto Rico in both English and Spanish.

environmentalenergyconsultants.com Environmental Energy Consultants Training for Building Performance Institute Certification Exams

homeinnovation.com coordinates the National Green Building Certification program.

greentrainingusa.com features courses for RESNET EnergySmart contractors, sollar photovoltaics, RESNET HERS Rating, LEED, etc.

regreenprogram.org offers green remodeling training and certification.

ON-GOING WORKSHOP LINKS

SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

evergreeninstitute.org workshops in solar electricity, passive solar heating, solar hot water, wind energy, home energy efficiency, green building, and natural building in Missouri, Colorado, and New York.

greenbuilder.com is an updated list of workshops related to sustainable architecture where people can post their upcoming workshops.

builderswithoutborders.org non-profit devoted to sustainable archtecture around the world.

architectureforhumanity.org a nonprofit promoting sustainable solutions through competitions, workshops, educational forums, and partnerships with aid organizations.

nibs.org Sustainable Building Industries Council has design software, books, conducts workshops...a membership organization.

usgbc.org U. S. Green Building Council provides a green building rating system with training to implement it.

housealive.org specializes in workshops on Natural Building, Design and Appropriate Technology.

naturalhomes.org lists workshops conducted around the world relating to all aspects of natural building.

ecosainstitute.org The ECOSA Institute offers summer workshops of one month each. The first workshop teaches methods and materials used in sustainable construction, and provides academic and hands on experience in sustainable design and construction.

melc.us The Medocino Ecological Learning Center sponsors workshops on many aspect of living sustainably.

yestermorrow.org Since 1980, Yestermorrow has been one of the only design/build schools in the country, teaching both design and construction skills.

earthhandsandhouses.org  offers a number of workshop each summer in Poland on such topics as earthbags, straw bale, earthen finishes, sculpting, overview of natural building..etc. The summer workshop dates are always posted in February and are 3 days long and cost 100 Euros.

homegrownhideaways.org features workshops on earthbags, cob, strawbale, tember-frame, natrual plasters, etc.

tibarose.com features a variety of workshops on Bio-architecture in Brazil and abroad.

greenlearninginstitute.com specializes in online courses related to green building.

dancingrabbit.org offers both training and jobs in the field of green building and sustainable living.

econesthomes.com offers a variety of workshops about sustainable and natural building techniques.

livingartsinstitute.net offers workshops on natural building, permaculture and food preservation.

crestonesolarschool.com offers workshops and classes on solar energy applications as well as natural and alternative building technologies.

endeavourcentre.org Our full-time New Construction and Renovation programs will offer students an in-depth, hands-on experience in a real-life building project from start to finish. We will be adding a full-time Sustainable Design program to that roster of in-depth, intensive, hands-on learning opportunities.

environmentalenergyconsultants.com have a variety of workshops listed.

ashevillage.org The Natural Building School has both spring and summer teaching programs.

EARTHEN MATERIALS

naturalbuildingschool.org has offered workshops on earthbag building, cob, and other techniques.

kleiwerks.org workshops on cob, slipstraw, earthen plasters, bamboo, etc.

naturalbuilder.com focuses on cob, adobe and natural plasters, with books and workshops on these topics.

Seven Generations Natural Builders this group promotes natural building (especially cob and straw bale) through workshops and other assistance.

cobcottage site for The Cob Cottage Company features information and resources about building with cob.

earthenhand.com conducts workshops that involve earthbag building, mostly in the Northwestern US.

karacadirearthbuilding.com  offers workshops and training for building with earthbags and sustainable living practices.

cobworkshops.org lists many workshops featuring cob in North America.

naturalhomes.org lists workshops from around the world related to cob.

guidingstarcreations.blogspot.com offers earthbag workshops around the world.

naturalhomes.org lists workshops from around the world related to adobe building.

earthedworld.co.uk a fine, informative site about cob, listing workshops, forums, and an extensive photo gallery.

cobworks.com information, photos, workshops related to cob.

housealive.org This site is mostly focused on cob, and offers information and workshops that "empowers people to build affordable homes that are responsible and beautiful through the use of natural design and building techniques."

barefootbuilder.com has information about cob and sponsors cob workshops in Tennessee

mudgirls.ca A women's cobbing cooperative in Canada that offers workshops, etc.

adobealliance.org Simone Swan's Adobe Alliance promotes earthen architecture, especially that inspired by the work of Hassan Fathy, through information and workshops.

naturalbuilder.com books and workshops about earthen building.

eartharchitecture.org features information and sponsors workshops on all types of earth building.

sirewall.com and terrafirmabuilders specialize in insulated rammed earth, and offer workshops and information about this innovative approach to building.

nnmc.edu Northern New Mexico Community College at their El Rito Campus has a program of education about adobe constuction.

cobtogether.com specializes in cob, light straw-clay, strawbale, and natural plasters

adobebuilding.com describes a unique system for molding stabilized adobe bricks...they also occasionally sponsor workshops.

proyectosanisidro.com conduct workshops on cob and strawbale in Tlaxco, Mexico, east of Mexico City.

losguayabos.org conducts adobe workshops near Guadalajara, Mexico.

earthenhand.com offers workshops in a variety of earthen media, both in the U.S. and abroad.

phanganearthworks.com has occaisional workshops on earthbag construction.

casamandala.weebly.com offers opportunities for learning about earthen architecture and natural building in Spain.

permastructure.com.au conducts earthbag workshops ion Australia.

AuwaEarth.com offers a variety of earthbag and earth construction workshops in Australia and Brazil.

unitedearthbuilders.com provides educational and charitable services in regard to environmentally sustainable, affordable, and structurally sound earthbag homes.

ulewatitlan.com provides workshops on earthbag building and accomodations at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.


STRAWBALE

caneloproject.com Bill and Athena Steen's lovely site devoted to their work with strawbale building and the use of natural plasters; books, videos, articles and workshops are available.

grisb.org The Geiger Research Institue of Sustainable Building features workshops and a strawbale certification program.

imagegypsy sponsors workshops and provides information about women building with strawbales.

earthnstraw.com features news, workshop listings, and a forum on strawbale building.

naturalhomes.org lists workshops from around the world related to strawbale building.

cobtogether.com specializes in cob, light straw-clay, strawbale, and natural plasters

proyectosanisidro.com conduct workshops on cob and strawbale in Tlaxco, Mexico, east of Mexico City.

evergreeninstitute.org workshops in solar electricity, passive solar heating, solar hot water, wind energy, home energy efficiency, green building, and natural building in Missouri, Colorado, and New York.


CORDWOOD

cordwoodmasonry.com Rob Roy's Earthwood Building School site, focuses on cordwood masonry and earth sheltering.

naturalhomes.org lists workshops from around the world that relate to cordwood construction.

EARTHBAGS

earthenhand.com conducts workshops that involve earthbag building, mostly in the Northwestern US.

karacadir A couple conduct regular workshops in sustainable building with earthbags in San Migel de Allende, Mexico.

earthhandsandhouses.org does at least one earthbag workshop each summer in Poland. The summer workshop dates are always posted in February and are 3 days long and cost 100 Euros.

calearth.org Nader Khalili's earthbag works.

naturalhomes.org lists workshops from around the world that relate to earthbags.

recycledrice.org offers internship programs that incorporate both earthbag building with rice hulls and their forgiveness ministry.

phanganearthworks.com has occaisional workshops on earthbag construction.


STONEWORK

naturalstonesite.com is an unusual site offering a book, training courses in stonework, and various types of stones from Canada.


WOOD

heartwoodschool.com the Heartwood Building School teaches classes in traditional timber framing.

foxmaple.com Fox Maple School of Traditional Building's Joiners' Quarterly

naturalhomes.org list workshops from around the world related to wood construction.

cordwoodmasonry.com Earthwood Building School teaches a Timber Framing for the Rest of Us workshop once a year in the Spring.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

solarenergy.org Solar Energy International on-line courses.

ownerbuilderbook.com information about the book, forums, workshops, etc.

naturalhomes.org lists workshops from around the world related to renewable energy.

bootsontheroof.com offers several short courses on PV and water heating applications.

evergreeninstitute.org workshops in solar electricity, passive solar heating, solar hot water, wind energy, home energy efficiency, green building, and natural building in Missouri, Colorado, and New York.

solaracademy.com offers training for the installation of solar electric panels in Canada.


PERMACULTURE

Learn more or register for EarthFlow's permaculture classes .

ecowaters.org promotes workshops, sells plans, and provides information about graywater reuse, rainwater havesting, and compost toilets.

permaculturenow.com The Wilder Institute was created to promote and support permaculture education and design around the world.

Permaculture Institute of Northern California discusses of what permaculture is all about and presents lots of workshops.

naturalhomes.org list workshops from around the world related to water conservation and permaculture.

ecosainstitute.org The ECOSA Institute offers summer workshops of one month each. One of these teaches Permaculture and water management, and provides academic and hands on experience in sustainable design and construction.

plenitudpr.org Plenitud is a research and educational organization focused on Permaculture and natural building. Workshops, trainings, and internships in diverse topics are offered regularly at the teaching center in Puerto Rico in both English and Spanish.

INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES WITH WORKSHOP LINKS
ashevillage.org Asheville, NC

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Missouri

Earthaven, North Carolina

Emerald Earth, California

The Farm, Tennessee

Huehuecoyotl, Tepoztlan, Mexico

The Lama Foundation, New Mexico

Tierramor: Permaculture and Deep Ecology, Michoacan, Mexico

Lost Valley, Oregon

O.U.R. Ecovillage, British Columbia

Proyecto San Isidro, Tlascala, Mexico

Sirius Community, Massachusettes

White Oak Farm and Educational Center, Oregon

Red Earth Farms, Missouri

The Bosque Village, Michoacan, Mexico

Lotan Center for Creative Ecology, Israel

MEDIA

Innovative Houses:
Concepts for Sustainable Living

by Avi Friedman, 2013

 
 
 
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Green Building:
Principles and Practices
in Residential Construction

by Abe Kruger and Carl Seville, 2012

   
 
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Best Practices in Sustainable
Building Design

by
Shahin Vassigh, Ebru Ozer and Thomas Spiegelhalter, 2012

 
 
 
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New Directions in Sustainable Design
edited by Adrian Parr and Michael Zaretsky, 2010

 
 
 
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LEED Materials: A Resource Guide to Green Building
by Ari Meisel, 2010

   
 
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Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building by Marian Keeler and Bill Burke, 2009

 
 
 
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Green School Primer:
Lessons in Sustainability

published by the Images Publishing Group in 2009

 
 
 
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Modern Sustainable Residential Design:
A Guide for Design Professionals

by William J. Carpenter, 2009

   
 
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The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building:
Redefining the Practice of Sustainability

by 7group and Bill Reed, 2009

 
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Sustainable Design:
Ecology, Architecture,
and Planning

by Daniel E. Williams, 2007

   
 
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The Green Braid (ACSA Architectural Education)
by Kim Tanzer, Rafael Longoria, 2007

   
 
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Ten Shades of Green: Architecture and the Natural World
by Peter Buchanan, 2005

   
 
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The Green House:
New Directions in Sustainable Architecture

by Alanna Stang and Christopher Hawthorne, 2005

   
 
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Ecological Design And Building Schools: Green Guide to Educational Opportunities in the United States And Canada by Sandra Leibowitz Earley, 2005

 
 
 
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Ecological Literacy:
Educating our Children for a Sustainable World

by Michael K. Stone and Zenobia Barlow, 2005

 
 
 
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Sustainable Leadership
by Andy Hargreaves and Dean Fink, 2005

 
 
 
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The New Ecological Home:
A Complete Guide
to Green Building Options

by Dan Chiras, 2004

   
 
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The Sustainability Curriculum: The Challenge for Higher Education
by John Blewitt and Cedric Cullingford, 2004

 
 
 
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Understanding Sustainable Architecture
by T. J. Williamson, Helen Bennets, Antony Radford, 2002
 
 
 
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Green Architecture:
An International Comparison

by Brian Edwards, 2001

   
 
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Changing Architectural Education: Towards a New Professionalism
by Simon Pilling, 2000

 
 
 
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A Sampler of Alternative Homes: Approaching Sustainable Architecture
DVD by Kelly Hart, 1998

 
 
 
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Learning by Building:
Design and Construction
in Architectural Education

by William J. Carpenter, 1997

 
 
 
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