UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) today launched a cutting-edge new programme of Learning & Development (L&D) opportunities aimed at engaging mainstream professionals with its vision of a better built environment – one that enables people and planet to thrive.

The launch of this new learning programme follows hot on the heels of UKGBC’s publication last week of a series of interactive online infographics aimed at capturing the ‘State of Sustainability in the UK Built Environment’ which illustrate the sheer scale of the challenge ahead. As the organisation embarks on its second decade, it has called for all built environment professionals and organisations to take responsibility for making positive and transformational change happen.

The new programme aims to deepen the technical knowledge and expertise of practitioners through learning interventions which tap into world class expertise. Targeting built environment professionals at large as opposed to sustainability experts per se, this modular programme encompasses a range of learning interventions – from bitesize learning accessible on the move, to face to face workshops and deep immersive training programmes based on live projects.

These courses are designed to share knowledge and build skills for individuals at all levels of awareness – from those with little knowledge wanting to learn more through to experienced practitioners wishing to develop new skills.

In its quest to make sustainable development second nature, UKGBC aims to strengthen collaboration and innovation in the sector. One of the new learning interventions is an immersive programme for a network of participants to solve sustainability challenges on a real-life project. Armed with the latest innovations and best practice case studies, delegates will identify strategic opportunities and put together a business case for implementing sustainability solutions at a real site.

Cat Hirst, Director of Learning & Innovation says:

“We are truly proud to launch this new programme of learning and development, which we believe is a first within the built environment.  Ultimately, everyone working in the built environment sector has a role to play in helping to achieve its radical transformation.  Managing the balance of economic, social and environmental priorities requires a new way of thinking – one that challenges the status quo.  Our new programme aims to achieve this.  Now more than ever, our industry must show leadership and galvanise around some of these issues.  We need bold and decisive action to make sustainable development truly second nature in the built environment.”

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The UK Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) mission is to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment, by transforming the way it is planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated. We are a membership organization, launched in 2007, primarily consisting of businesses from across the industry.

Uniquely, we bring together anyone involved in the complex process of planning, designing, constructing, maintaining and operating buildings, along with NGOs, academic institutions and government agencies. More information about UKGBC can be found here: