The Education Committee strives to make green building education fun, valuable, customized and accessible for professionals working or interested in the field of sustainability. The committee helps people gain and maintain expertise in all aspects of green building and sustainable development. It schedules, plans and delivers National LEED courses and workshops as well as supports the development of Chapter-specific education opportunities developed by Chapter Board Chairs and/or Members. Bringing a course together involves coordinating with the Development Committee to obtain cash and in-kind sponsorships, finding and securing the locations and catering, providing volunteers to work at the event, and working with the National USGBC Training Coordinator and the Board on any other assignments. High demand courses are identified in conjunction iwht the board, scheduled with the assistance from National, and promoted by the Communications Committee. Guidelines are provided on the extranet for USGBC National and through the National Education Coordinator for the Oklahoma Chapter to set registration prices and allowable expenses for trainings. Wherever feasible, all Chapter education events, should be managed according to the Green Meetings guidelines proposed by National.
Florida native Terry Clinefelter joined the Division of Science & Engineering at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City in 2009 to head the Construction Management Technology program. Mr. Clinefelter holds a bachelor of science in Business Administration from Florida State University and a master of science in Construction Management with emphasis in sustainability from the University of Florida. Working closely with the Wind Turbine Technology program, he is lead instructor in the development and adoption of a new program melding on-site renewable energy, building energy efficiency and sustainable construction practices. These efforts showcase the college’s determination to become a leader in renewable energy and sustainable construction in Oklahoma.
Aaron Smith is the Environmental/LEED Specialist at The Ross Group Construction Corporation (TRG) in Tulsa, OK. He attended North Eastern State University in Tahlequah where he received his B.S. with a double major in Safety Management and in Environmental Management. Aaron is currently LEED AP BD+C credentialed and Green Advantage certified. He has been working in the sustainable construction field since 2008. TRG has certified 3 buildings in the LEED rating system for the United States Army Corps of Engineers and is currently working on 6 other LEED projects. At some level Aaron is involved in all of the LEED projects TRG works on, anywhere from estimating to construction to the certification process. He is also in charge of TRG’s education program for the growing number LEED AP’s and Green Advantage certified employees. Aaron has had the opportunity to attended Green Build for the past three years representing TRG and the Oklahoma chapter of USGBC.