SUNY Green Building Experiential Learning Collaborative (GBELC)

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Funded Project
Green Building LEED Certification by Student Experiential Learning
SUNY Performance Improvement Fund Award
7/1/2018 - 6/30/2022

About the Project
The SUNY Green Building Experiential Learning Collaborative (GBELC) is a partnership between SUNY Polytechnic Institute, SUNY ESF, and SUNY Oneonta supported through the SUNY Performance Improvement Fund for clean energy workforce development. The GBELC is training highly skilled graduates proficient in green building design and with project experience in LEED building certification of campus buildings. It is our hope that the curriculum modules piloted in this collaborative will inspire others and enable adoption of green building experiential learning courses among other SUNY schools.


Make campuses into living laboratories

  • Teach new experiential learning courses in which students certify existing campus green buildings

Develop NYS Workforce

  • Students earn personal industry credentials (LEED GA)
  • Develop capacity of faculty & staff accreditations (LEED AP)

Scale capabilities across SUNY

  • Share expertise and best-practices with other campuses
  • Increase in-house capacity for measuring air quality and real-time performance sensing

Conference Posters and Presentations
IAFOR International Conference on Education Hawaii2021 - LEEDing the Way (pdf)
Year 1 Project Highlights (pdf)
SURP Internship Poster (pdf)
PIF Project 264 Update 9-19 (pdf)
GBELC Presentation Handout (pdf)
PIF Project RIT Conference Presentation (pdf)
Experiential student learning & LEED: An Arc case study from SUNY (pdf)
PIF Project 264 Mid-Year 3 Update (pdf)

Project Personnel & Partners


  • PI: Zhanjie Li, College of Engineering, SUNY Poly
  • Past PI: Mark Bremer, College of Arts and Sciences, SUNY Poly
  • Aaron LaFave, Energy Manager, SUNY Poly
  • Michael Fancher, Director of New York State CATN2
  • Ross Goodman, Deputy Director of NYS Center for Advanced Technology in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics


  • Co-PI: Paul Crovella, Forest and Natural Resources Management, SUNY ESF
  • Alex Poisson, Energy Coordinator, SUNY ESF

SUNY Oneonta

  • Co-PI: Rachel Kornhauser, Sustainability Coordinator, SUNY Oneonta
  • Farzaneh Soflaei, Visiting Assistant Professor in Sustainable Design, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, SUNY Oneonta

Course Development

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ONLINE interdisciplinary courses in Sustainable Design

Open SUNY Course Links

Green Building Events & Activities

Spotlight on recent graduates (USGBC New York Upstate)

2021 The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii (IICEHawaii)

2020 State of NY Sustainability Virtual Conference

18th Annual New York State Green Building Conference

People seated discussing Clean Energy Curriculum Program

REV Campus Challenge Workshop for NYSERDA. SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica, NY. June 5, 2019.

People talking to each other at a conference reception

State of New York Sustainability Conference. Colgate University, Hamilton, NY. November 7-8, 2018.

Boot Camp Malta 2018

SUNY External Partnerships Boot Camp. Hudson Valley Community College TEC-SMART. Malta, NY. December 4-5, 2018.

USGBC Community Article
February 6, 2019

Green Building Resources

Questions and Feedback
Zhanjie Li, or 315-792-7439


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