SUNY Green Building Experiential Learning Collaborative (GBELC)

Funded Project
Green Building LEED Certification by Student Experiential Learning
SUNY Performance Improvement Fund Award
7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021

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 designed to build new curriculum in green building certification and enable the formal student training through green building courses offered in all the partner campuses. This project will train a cohort of highly skilled graduates proficient in green building design and certification. 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.


  • Offer new applied learning opportunities for students to certify new and existing campus green buildings
  • Develop in-house capacity of LEED Associated Professionals® to certify new and existing campus buildings across SUNY
  • Provide opportunities for students to earn industry-specific credentials, such as LEED Green Associate® and Building Energy Modeler Professional
  • Develop a cohort of highly trained graduates ready to help rebuild New York State’s infrastructure as efficiently and sustainably as possible, a great investment in the future success of New York
  • Student learning outcomes include competence with LEED EBOM and BD&C rating systems.

Conference Posters and Presentations
Year 1 Project Highlights
SURP Internship Poster
PIF Project 264 Update 9-19

Project Personnel

  • PI: Mark Bremer, College of Arts and Sciences, SUNY Poly
  • Zhanjie Li, College of Engineering, SUNY Poly
  • Aaron LaFave, Energy Manager, Suny Poly
  • Kaila Aimino, Assistant Director of Residential Programming, SUNY Poly
  • Eric Hotchkiss, Associate Director of Residential Housing, SUNY Poly
  • Co-PI: Paul Crovella, Forest and Natural Resources Management, SUNY ESF
  • Alex Poisson, Energy Coordinator, SUNY ESF
  • 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



SUNY Oneonta

  • Courses under development (Fall 2019)

Green Building Events & Activities

State of New York Sustainability Conference
Rochester Institute of Technology
November 13 - 15, 2019

Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education - Sustaining Innovation
University at Albany
October 22 & 23, 2019

NYCSHE Annual Meeting
Syracuse University
June 13, 2019

REV Campus Challenge Workshop
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
June 6, 2019

People seated discussing Clean Energy Curriculum Program

New York State Green Building Conference
Syracuse, NY
April 17-18, 2019

People talking to each other at a conference reception

USGBC Community Article
February 6, 2019

Green Building Resources


Questions and Feedback
Mark Bremer, or 315-792-7437



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