Pedagogy Used to Teach Green Building Practices to Students with No Building Experience

By Nina Shah-Giannaris.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Education

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The prospect of opening up green building practices to students other than engineering/construction/architectural students is very interesting. The methodological pedagogy used to grasp and maintain these students' interest and understanding of this material has shown that this course can prove to be successful. The methods used to maintain these students' interest are drastically different than that of a student with building experience. Weekly quizzes help to keep the students interested in the course material. Case studies and DVDs are used throughout this course to help students better understand course materials. Site visits are used to show these students the reality of the coursework. Students are coming to class with research and observations they have made about green building practices they are encountering in their daily lives. A discussion of the students' majors, grades, retention rates, and of the methodology used to maintain these students' interest poses as an interesting topic of discussion. The students in this course are being transformed and proclaim their interest in the course material and their ambitions to pursue this field further.

Keywords: Green Building Practices, Pedagogy, Sustainability

The International Journal of Sustainability Education, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 459.274KB).

Nina Shah-Giannaris

Instructor, Engineering/Physics/Technology, Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York, USA

I have been a full time instructor in the Engineering Department at Nassau Community College for the past four years. I am a Professional Engineer and I started my career as a civil engineer with the majority of my experience in roadway, drainage, and beautification projects. As the Green movement has taken impetus over the years, I found myself drawn towards it. I quickly realized that gaining my LEED AP certification by the USGBC would aid me in my venture to join the Green Movement. Since I have become certified, I have incorporated sustainable design in all courses I currently teach at Nassau Community College. I also developed a Green Building Practices course that has gained much popularity. I hope to continue in this and develop a Sustainable Design Degree Program at Nassau Community College.