Sign up for an upcoming Growing a Greener Workforce online class

Metro is offering the following training classes to those interested in the environment and sustainability. To keep our community healthy, classes will be held online. Small businesses (SBE), businesses owned by economically disadvantaged individuals (DBE), community business enterprise (CBE), and women owned enterprise (WBE) firms are encouraged to enroll. These classes are discounted when you register through our links!

Envision — The Envision Rating System is an international standard for assessing the sustainability of projects across a variety of categories. This two half-day training provides instruction in the rating system through presentations, group exercises, and case studies. This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn about selecting the right sustainability solution for a project, especially planners, engineers, architects, operators, maintainers, and procurers.

Reasons to take Envision Version 3 with Metro: 

  • The Envision Rating System is used by Metro, the County, and City of Los Angeles 
  • Metro uses the language and concepts from Envision when planning, constructing, maintaining and operating infrastructure projects 
  • Highly rated Envision projects tend to have long-term viability, lower cost, fewer negative impacts on the community, and saves owners and operators money over time

Completion of this workshop qualifies participants to take the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) accreditation exam. 

Sign up for a free ISI account in order to view workshops and register.

  • April 8 & April 9, 8 a.m. to noon (both sessions are mandatory, take home online exam). Register here. 
  • June 14, 1 to 5 p.m. & June 17, 1 to p.m. (both sessions are mandatory, take home online exam). Register here. 

G-PRO is a comprehensive green building training and certificate program developed with and for those who build and operate building infrastructure. The courses are offered in partnership with USGBC-LA. Some reasons to take these training courses: 

  • These courses introduce participants to the principles of green concepts and terminology 
  • Successful completion qualifies contractors, trades, building operators and service workers for LEED pilot credit 81 under New Construction and Existing Buildings 
  • GBCI and AIA credits are available 

G-PRO Fundamentals: The first module, Fundamentals of Building Green, provides a foundational background on concepts that will help you bridge the gap between conventional and sustainable practices.   

G-PRO Operations and Maintenance: This module is ideal for those who plan for, manage, and operate facilities. You will learn how to improve building performance, strategies to increase efficiency, reduce waste, and maintain indoor air quality. The class is offered over two sessions. 

  • April 23 & April 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Online exam. Register here. 

California Native Plants

Nearly 30 percent of all Metro water use is related to landscaping. In response, Metro stations and landscaping designs are utilizing drought tolerant California native plants whenever possible to reduce the need for irrigation while maintaining regional biodiversity. This series: 

  • Teaches how we select these plants 
  • Increases awareness about challenges and opportunities related to the use of native plants. 

These classes are FREE only when you register through the GGW program using the links below! 

Right Plant, Your Place: A successful garden depends on careful planning. Learn how to assess the conditions of your site, including climate, soil, sunlight, and space. We will discuss the irrigation needs of native plants, including how to get them through their establishment period. Explore some examples of Metro efforts in planting natives and generate ideas for next steps. 

Gardening for Wildlife: Landscape choices can play a vital role in the health of local ecosystems when they are enriched with native plants that provide essential habitat and food for Southern California birds, bees and butterflies, among other welcome wildlife. Learn about selecting native plants for their benefits to the greater ecosystem and biodiversity. Explore some examples of Metro efforts in planting natives and generate ideas for next steps. 

Essentials of Native Plant Horticulture: A successful native plant garden depends on picking the right plants for the site and proper on-going care. This class provides basic information on plant selection, planting, establishment, watering, pruning and pest management. Helpful handouts and resources for more information will be provided. 

  • Date TBD, please reach out to Katya Balakhovsky ( if you are interested in this training. 

If you have questions about any of the courses please contact Katya Balakhovsky.