A new accreditation program will help sustainable design professionals who already have LEED accreditation and other credentials “keep ahead of a rapidly changing market,” in the words of International Living Future Institute (ILFI) certification director Amanda Sturgeon. Designated by the suffix “LFA,” Living Future Accreditation will indicate that an individual has “a holistic framing of sustainability and the understanding needed to help lead a transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.”
There will be two paths to accreditation, both requiring ILFI membership, a subscription to the organization’s free electronic quarterly, some assigned reading, and a certain number of hours of approved education from a list to be published soon. Current LEED Accredited Professionals must have completed at least 45 hours of approved education in the last five years, and individuals who have already undergone presenter/facilitator training in ILFI’s Living Building Challenge must have completed at least 35 hours of approved education. Accreditation may be renewed every two years. For more information, see www.living-future.org.
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