Pearson Announces LEED Certification Program With Everglades University


New Introduction to Sustainability digital course leverages U.S. Green Building Council content and customized curriculum to put students on a path to successful careers  


NEW YORK — June 13, 2016 — Today Pearson announced a new partnership with Everglades University to develop an Introduction to Sustainability digital course. With a customized curriculum including U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) aligned content, the course is designed to put students on the path to high demand careers in green energy and building design.


Offered online and on-ground, the course improves students’ preparation forLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications in growing fields such as construction management; alternative and renewable energy management; environmental policy and management; land and energy management; and crisis and disaster management. Upon completion of the course, students earn certificates of completion that can be featured in the form of digital badges and added to their resumes, demonstrating their education in and commitment to sustainability.


The course was initially offered in March 2016 and is an integral part of the university’s curriculum as a required course for undergraduate students in all degree programs. Ultimately, this partnership will benefit thousands of students, dozens of university staff and faculty members, and the community at large surrounding Everglades University’s four geographic locations throughout the state of Florida.


“Through our partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council and Pearson, we are improving the quality of our course offerings and student learning outcomes, thereby further educating, training, and certifying the future leaders in these growing fields,” said Kristi Mollis, president and chief executive officer, Everglades University.


“We are excited to build on the success of our long-standing partnership with USGBC, as we collaborate with Everglades University to help learners become more employable in the green energy and building fields,” said Leah Jewell,managing director of career development and employability, Pearson. “With our team of subject matter experts, curriculum designers, and course developers, coupled with USGBC content, we are increasing access to quality higher education opportunities that can lead to successful careers.”


Building on the university’s existing course in LEED Certification and Green Sustainability designed to align with the USGBC’s LEED Green Associate certification, this partnership supports the creation of further customized content that will improve students’ preparation for a variety of LEED certifications.


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About Everglades University

Everglades University is a small, private not-for-profit University that seeks to offer its students a quality education in an atmosphere of personalized attention. The University’s goal is to train the career-minded individual and offer an education that will provide an employable and skilled person with the professional skills necessary to meet the needs of our society. Everglades University offers innovative programs that include Bachelor of Science Degrees with majors in Alternative Medicine, Alternative and Renewable Energy Management, Construction Management, Environmental Policy and Management, and Land and Energy Management. To learn more, visit



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“We’ve added many new school districts as clients in the last year” nationally, said CEO Benjamin Conn, who added that the company has not been able to partner with major districts in St. Louis. “There were no deals of major significance (last year), but many with smaller and medium-sized districts all over the U.S.”

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“Our growth is due to a combination of repeated business and that we are just highly specialized,” he said.

In February, the company spun off its Book Retriever classroom library management online tool as a separate Kirkwood-based company with a staff of about 10. The spinoff “frees up CLC to focus on our core business, and the 40,000-plus users are now being serviced under the new structure of a total technology company,” Conn said.

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Moving forward, CLC will continue seeking new partner resellers, as well as servicing new schools and districts that focus on literacy, Conn said.

As government funding continues to challenge the public school system, Conn hesitates to state that this growth rate will always continue.

“I don’t think this growth is sustainable,” Conn said. “But as a 4-year-old company, every opportunity has great potential for something bigger.”