The East Atlanta Library was never put out to bid as a LEED project, but ultimately received LEED Silver designation. Belinda A. Morrow, 2M's President, was brought on board in January 2003 to oversee the project's design and construction. With her encouragement, Fulton County General Services Department gave a “green light” to pursue the LEED Silver Certificate for this project with the caveat of, "...as long as you don't go one penny over budget." Vohn Henderson of Newco Construction of America was a perfect candidate to learn the U.S. Green Building LEED Rating System™ principles for the first time while building the East Atlanta Library (EAL). Vohn had several years of traditional construction experience and was passionate about learning how to build using LEED™ protocol. He enthusiastically embraced in-the-field training and carried out all of the tasks Belinda requested. Because of the East Atlanta Library's LEED Silver designation, Vohn is now a project manager for green buildings. He understands that LEED buildings create healthier, more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance and demolition.
Since 2001, 2M has made green jobs training and placement a major part of our sustainability effort. 2M champions sustainability training and the creation of green jobs for underserved residents by having its principals certified in GPRO, a national training and certificate program developed by Urban Green Council, USGBC New York Chapter, teaching people to build, renovate and maintain buildings using principles of sustainability. GPRO’s Training Program can train and certify local residents using the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) only approved green job’s training program. LEED registered projects can also achieve an Innovation in Design Credit for using GPRO. 2M links this sustainable trade-specific construction knowledge with the Building Trades National Apprenticeship and Training Committee’s MC3 Construction Curriculum so the trades can take a seat at the economic development table and realize their vision of becoming certified to perform green jobs.
The last 15 years of the sustainable construction industry have seen training of architects, engineers, designers, developers, manufactures, and end users to think “green”. By contrast, the trades responsible for erecting green buildings have not received the level of training that allows a project’s sustainable design intent to be easily realized in producing the best high performance green building a client’s money can buy.
“In Atlanta it’s All About Knowing How to Prepare a New Cadre of Skilled Workers to Be Ready to Perform Green Jobs"