Sign up for an upcoming Growing a Greener Workforce online class

Metro is offering the following training courses to those interested in the environment and sustainability. We are doing all we can to keep our community healthy and classes will be held online. If you have questions about the courses, please contact Claudia Velasco.

Small Business Enterprise, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Community Business Enterprise, and Women-owned Business Enterprise firms are encouraged to enroll! These classes are discounted when you register through the links below.

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.
  • You will take the course with Metro employees, allowing us to pass cost savings on to our partners.
  • 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 to view workshops and register.

  • October 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (both sessions are mandatory, online exam) REGISTER HERE.
  • December 14 and 15 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (both sessions are mandatory, 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. These training courses are offered in partnership with USGBC-LA.

Some reasons to take these pieces of training:

  • 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. This class is a pre-requisite for G-PRO Operations and Maintenance.

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.

Nearly 30% 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!

Wildfire is an inherent part of life in southern California. Learn how garden design and maintenance can help protect homes in high-risk fire areas. This program will introduce you to the basics of wildfire in southern California through the lens of California native plants and offer easy actions you can take at home to create and maintain a beautiful landscape that is both resilient and habitat rich.

Discover the unique connection between the western population of monarchs and California native plants, and how to attract and nurture these iconic butterflies. Learn which native milkweeds (Asclepias spp) are best for the caterpillars and which flowering plants provide nectar for adults – with tips on butterfly garden design and maintenance.

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.