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Green Builder College (GBC) Course Offers Biodiversity Solutions

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Mar 20, 2014 2:25:00 PM

OK. There it is -- the native marine, animal or plant habitat challenge that makes new home subdivision development difficult. Or maybe you want to restore a degraded environment to a natural one.

What do you do? And how do you do whatever is needed to design and build as well as preserve, mitigate or restore the environment and satisfy zoning officials and delight your public?

Green Builder College (GBC) has solutions -- the tools and techniques -- an economical American Institute of Architect (AIA)-accredited course that delivers answers to sometimes difficult environmental situations.

And even if the situation looks pretty straight forward, isn’t it great to know about how to conserve, enhance and even restore biodiversity? The unique natural features inherent to every land parcel benefit not only the local environment and the country’s heritage but also the property owners and community residents.

The course is Conserving Biodiversity in Subdivision Development, It is CEU eleigible and costs only $75. Some architects and other building professionals can qualify to win free registration.

What does the course cover? First, it gives the overview and threats to biodiversity. It teaches how to prioritize best practices that conserve biodiversity during the design phase. These include surveying what is on the parcel and in local nature preserves and inventorying plant and animal habitats for preservation and protection. It also includes design strategies and best practices to protect habitats from degradation and to conserve and restore biodiversity during the construction phase. This includes everything from establishing paths that avoid heavy construction equipment damaging roots to working as much as possible within the building footprint to avoid destroying the natural habitat beyond the actual building.

Covered is how to deal with material delivery and storage as well as debris removal and recycling. If a native plant needs to be removed from the building footprint, how to safely remove, store and replant it. Experts share advice on how to work around and not disturb animal habitats.

After construction is complete, there is the issue of keeping the promise, transplanting, if necessary, restoring, enhancing and perhaps even expanding the biodiversity.

At the end of the course, graduates will know exactly what biodiversity is and what the threats to it are. They will also know how to thread their way through the process of environmental preservation and enhancement during design, construction and post construction -- environmental processes made and kept..

The process works whether the land is planned for new subdivision or is a “retrofit” of an existing urban community as well as to conserve or restore rural properties not designated for subdivision development. It often surprises the residents of our best loved existing communities to learn that the habitat they find nurturing and restorative was a deliberate process that carefully placed their home in a biodiverse setting. Conserving Biodiversity helps todays professionals continue our best traditions.

For more information and to see if you are eligible for free registration, check out Green Builder College . Graduates can use the course as one of the seven needed to become Green Builder Certified (GBC) or one of six needed to become Environments for Living Certified.

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