The Green Builders Council of [Washington] D.C. has launched a "green collar" job training program that will train construction workers and students in Washington, D.C., on environmentally friendly construction methods as well as on USGBC's LEED green building rating program.

A partnership between the Green Builders Council of D.C. and the National Center for Construction Education and Research, the curriculum was developed by the Sustainable Facilities and Infrastructure Research Team of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech University and has been endorsed by the USGBC.

According to an announcement from the Green Builders Council, the curriculum will teach students to recognize the challenges construction presents to the environment; understand a building's life cycle and its environmental impact; to identify environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional practices as well as the costs of those alternatives; and to understand the LEED rating process and apply the techniques that contribute to a LEED rating. The curriculum will be updated for revised 2009 LEED standards.

"The demand for District residents who can fill green collar jobs is only expected to grow," said Washington Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in an announcement. "Now D.C. workers and Career and Technical Education students will be able to gain a valuable skill set that will benefit their careers and our city's green future."

More than 100 buildings-more than 120 million square feet--in the city are LEED certified.