Urban Green’s whole building approach to sustainability training—combined with expert advice and the latest adult learning techniques—has made GPRO an education trailblazer for building trades and operators across the country.

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A Systems thinking approach

Systems thinking is a key principle of the design, construction and operation of high-performance buildings. It’s critical for workers to know not just how building systems work, but how they work together.

GPRO takes a trade-appropriate, systems thinking approach to teaching—whether it’s showing an electrician that avoiding penetrations in the air barrier will help the contractor pass inspection or demonstrating to building operators how tightening the building envelope can improve tenant comfort and save money on heating and cooling.


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Created for trades by trades

Equally important, each GPRO module was developed in collaboration with industry leaders and hands-on experts. Here are just a few of the firms who have participated in GPRO Advisory Committees:  

  • Arup
  • BP Mechanical Corporation
  • Heat and Frost Insulators
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Lend Lease
  • Turner Construction
  • SEIU 32BJ
  • United Association of Plumbers

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Top instructors from industry

And then there’s the cadre of GPRO instructors, who bring the training to life through deep industry knowledge, real-world experience, and an engaging teaching style. GPRO instructors are consistently rated excellent by students across the country:

“The instructor was great. He kept us up and willing to learn. Time went quickly, and the course was painless.” 

REBNY O&M Training, New York City
"Very educational class, and the instructor was a great facilitator. You can tell that she loves her job and wants others to learn as much as they can.” 

USGBC Los Angeles Fundamentals Training, Los Angeles