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Taking the LEED

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The event will introduce the idea of green building and the LEED certification standards for those looking to make their homes or the structures they are building more sustainable.

“People are interested in living in more sustainable lifestyles now, and people are interested in saving money,” said Jennifer Gooden, sustainability director for Oklahoma City. “So the opportunities to learn more about how to make homes more energy-efficient are getting a lot of attention.”

LEED is a rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council. Homeowners or business owners can apply for the certification to ensure their buildings are green.

“The workshop will be helping people understand what all of that is, and whether or not it is something that would be useful for them,” Gooden said.

The class will be led by LEED-accredited Gary Shlifer (pictured), who has more than 15 years of experience in the green building movement.

The class will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday on the second floor of the Engineering Technology building on the Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City campus, 900 N. Portland. No registration is required. The Engineering Technology building was chosen because OSU-OKC recently submitted it for LEED gold certification.

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