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Fundamentals of Sustainable Development & Carbon Reduction (CSDP) - Online Seminar

Fundamentals of Sustainable Development & Carbon Reduction (CSDP) - Online Seminar
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Price: $995.00
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NOTE: Seminar fees listed are per person for a single audio and video connection for individual use, and may not be shared with other users. All participants must individually pre-register for the desired course in order to participate. If you would like pricing information on multiple registrations for the same seminar, please contact: Terese Lavallee, phone 770-925-9633, email:

Presented online in a series of four 2½-hour live time modules, this seminar is designed to provide the specific training and background needed by professionals preparing to sit for AEE's Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP®) exam. The course agenda also includes updates on topics of current importance to all individuals involved in all types of sustainable development projects.

You can participate in the seminar from your office, home, or anywhere you have access to the internet and a phone or VOIP. You'll have opportunities to interact with your instructor and colleagues in real time during the five live teleconferencing sessions.

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About the Seminar

This course earns 1 CEUs, 10 PDHs and 2 AEE Credits toward Re-certification.

Become a Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP). Successful sustainable development involves a comprehensive understanding of policy and issues as well as a balanced understanding of technical and financial realities. For the first time all of these elements have been condensed into this intensive online seminar. Here's your opportunity to take part in a focused, fast-paced instructional program, designed both to expand your knowledge in the field, and to serve as a preparatory vehicle for the examination required to achieve AEE's Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP) certification.

Executive Order 13514 / Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance mandated that at least 15% of existing federal buildings and leased facilities meet Energy Efficiency Guiding Principles by 2015, and that annual progress be made toward 100% conformance of all federal buildings. The Order additionaly set the goal that all new federal buildings achieve net-zero- energy status by 2030. This course is also designed to provide the training and tools needed by those involved in the process of meeting the goals set by this Executive Order.

Emphasis is placed on understanding how the many diverse elements of “green” design, and sustainable technologies and related cost implications, can truly result in a well defined and manageable sustainable development plan. This course is intended for professionals whose roles include supervising and managing sustainable programs, as well as energy and design professionals.

Complete Your Certification Application & Register for an Exam

This program covers the full scope of subjects addressed on the AEE's certification exam. The exam can be taken at a remote testing center. For more about certification and testing, visit, then select the required certification and complete step 2 of the application process.

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Dates and Times

The following offering(s) of the Fundamentals of Sustainable Development & Carbon Reduction Online Seminar are currently scheduled. The program consists of a total of 10 hours of instruction.

Beginning on Dates to Be Decided, with session dates and times as follows:

Course Module
Times (Eastern time US)
Day 1
3:00 - 5:30 pm
Day 2
3:00 - 5:30 pm
Day 3
3:00 - 5:30 pm
Day 4
3:00 - 5:30 pm

Completion of all four modules is required to receive CEU and PDH Credit, and Course Certificate awarded by AEE.

Seminar Agenda

Introduction to Sustainable Development
• How did the concept of sustainability evolve?
• What were the drivers and events?
• Theories of sustainable development

Sustainable Development - Definitions and Applications
• History of the concept of Sustainable Development.
• Why sustainability has numerous definitions and what it means today.
• Rio Conference and Agenda 21 - the development of international protocols
• Linkages between energy and sustainability
• Energy systems and their importance in achieving sustainability

Environmental Issues Associated with Sustainable Development
• Air and water quality - issues and prevention
• Waste minimization
• Global warming - efforts toward local and international cooperation
• Pollution Prevention
• Sources and impacts of atmospheric carbon
• Kyoto Treaty and the Montreal Protocol

Local Sustainable Policies for Sustainable Development
• Features of local sustainability programs
• Recycling programs, first step to sustainability
• Institutions have taken the lead
• Discussion regarding local governmental solutions to sustainable cities
• Sunbelt cities and their sustainability programs
• Sustainable cities in Europe

Impact of Sustainable Development Policies
• Brief history of why planning processes are important
• Planning techniques used to achieve sustainable development
• Transportation systems - alternative fuel technologies available to reduce the energy and environmental impacts of transportation systems.
• Clean Cities program

Corporate and Industrial Sustainability Programs
• How some corporations are developing internal sustainability programs
• ICC Business Charter for Sustainable Development
• Commercial case examples
• Industrial and Manufacturing case examples
• Service sector case examples

Management Approaches to Developing and Implementing Sustainability Programs
• Management components of a corporate sustainability plan
• Policies associated with sustainability programs
• Designing corporate sustainability programs (roundtable workshop)
• Resources and websites
• Approaches to implementing sustainability programs.

Sustainable Buildings
• The importance of high performance building systems
• Green buildings - LEED and the components in green construction
• Energy Star Buildings
• International energy conservation code
• Lighting efficiency technologies
• HVAC system optimization
• Building envelope
• ASHRAE Standard 90.1

Renewable Energy Solutions and Carbon Reduction
• Wind, solar and geothermal energy systems
• Combined heat and power
• Fuel cells and energy storage systems
• Approaches to carbon reduction
• Counting your carbs - ways to calculate carbon reduction
• Markets for carbon credits

Financial Analysis and Project Implementation Approaches
• Rate of return analysis
• Life cycle costing
• Real costs in the real world
• The role of measurement and verification
• Energy and emissions credits and trading
• Technical limitations vs. opportunities
• Performance Contracting

Industrial Sustainability Solutions and Emerging Technologies
• Energy management approaches
• Central plant solutions
• Process optimization and waste minimization
• Emerging technologies
• Changing manufacturing processes: materials, components
• Utility programs - Rural electrics take the lead
• Manufactured products and materials

Taking the CDSP Exam
• Brief review of test components and exam highlights

Your Realtime Program Instructor

STEPHEN A. ROOSA, Ph.D., is president and CEO of a property development and management company located in Louisville, KY. He has over 25 years’ experience in commercial energy management and performance contracting. He is considered internationally to be an expert in energy conservation, energy management, renewables and urban sustainability. Past experience includes energy studies and projects for over 3,500 buildings. Dr. Roosa is a Certified Sustainable Development Professional, Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional, a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional, a Certified Energy Monitoring and Control System Designer, a Certified Demand Side Management Specialist, a Certified Building Energy Management Professional, and a LEED Accredited Professional. He holds a Ph.D. in Planning and Urban Development an MBA and an undergraduate degree in Architecture. He is a past president of the AEE and has been inducted into the AEE Energy Manager's Hall of Fame.

Course Materials and Advance Preparations

The seminar fee covers registration for the full 10 hours of instruction, seminar workbook (downloadable PDF format), course certificate, and teleconferencing services, including domestic phone charges. (International calls will have non-tollfree access.) Payment in full must be received prior to the start date of the seminar.

You will receive instructions, personal support, and a chance to test your teleconferencing connection in advance of the first session.

Enrollment in this realtime online seminar will be limited to 40 participants to ensure that each student has ample opportunity for interaction with instructors and other participants.