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This popular 6-hour certificate course provides an excellent grounding in sustainability issues and offers practical solutions for growing an eco-friendly home furnishings business.
Developed in 2009 by a LEED AP, in conjunction with the Sustainable Furnishings Council, the course has been updated with input from experts in the field including ranking staff of World Wildlife Fund, Rainforest Alliance, a founder of the USGBC, and the Climate Reality Project. It provides a comprehensive overview, cutting edge advice, and inspiring ideas with practical implementation plans.
SFC's GREENleaders course provides designers, retailers, manufacturers, reps, and others the knowledge and credentials they need to become expert in sustainability. Approved by GBCI for 6 CE hours and registered with IDCEC for .6 HSW CEUs (6 ceu). Results in acknowledgement as a GREEN Accredited Professional, a designation maintained with continuing education.
Unit 1 - The Case for Sustainability: A grounding in the environmental issues related to home furnishings, including climate change, indoor air quality, toxic waste, and water conservation. IDCEC ceu 103081
Unit 2 - The Mind of the Consumer: SFC's own research among consumers who have purchased home furnishings recently: insight into their current thinking - including preferred terminology, level of concerns, purchase interest, and price sensitivity. IDCEC ceu 103314
Unit 3 - Sourcing Eco-Friendly Materials: Questions to ask and answers to look for in evaluating options in materials - including certified wood, plantation growns, rapidly renewables, bio-hybrids and recycled/recyclable content. IDCEC ceu 103183
Unit 4 - Sourcing Eco-Safe Processes: More questions to ask and answers to look for in evaluating options, with a focus on reduction of energy use and avoidance of harmful chemical inputs. IDCEC ceu 103184
Unit 5 - Designing Green Interiors: Recommendations on ways of reducing expense and environmental footprint in residential spaces and commercial operations, with methods of calculating cost and carbon savings, as well as best choices in recycling. IDCEC ceu 103185
Unit 6 - Selling Green Solutions: Answers to the questions most commonly asked by customers, empowering you to initiate, advance and close sales of eco among ordinary customers. IDCEC ceu 103186
We also offer the Sustainability Essentials Webinar Series, free monthly webinars on a variety of topics around the furnishings industry. Sample the value and gain some insight into environmental issues related to home furnishings with this recorded webinar - Sustainable Furnishings 101.
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