Barack Obama, LEED AP - NOT
April Fool’s Day has come and gone, but the rumor mill is still buzzing with the phony press release posted on April 1.
“The White House announced today that President Obama passed the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED NC v2.2 accreditation examination, and is now a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP). White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that the President got his AP because he strongly believes that green building and the LEED system are critical to stimulating a green economic recovery, reducing the country’s dependence on foreign oil, and mobilizing the international community to meet the challenge of global climate change.”
Okay, the first part is not true, but everything bolded (by me) succinctly states the case for green buildings and LEED. USGBC found out on March 31 just how important LEED is when—get this—over 68,000 people registered in one day to take the LEED AP, -NC, and -CI exams that are retiring. The onslaught overwhelmed the system and the deadline was extended 24 hours.
So why the rush? Because current LEED APs and those who pass either exam before June 30—the last day they will be given—do not have to prove actual LEED project experience to earn the credential. If you have not registered you will have to wait for the new credentialing program. See the details nicely charted by BuildingGreen.
Opportunity awaits those who missed the deadline. The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), USGBC’s credentialing entity, “is looking for looking for volunteers to beta test the upcoming LEED AP Building Design and Construction and LEED AP Interior Design and Construction exams in early June 2009. The beta test is an opportunity to take a LEED AP exam at no cost and, upon final scoring of the results, potentially earn the LEED AP credential.” Apply here.
President Obama, you might want to clear some time in your calendar.