Greenbuild 2010: Carrier U. to Train Employees and Partners to Build Sustainably

Greenbuild 2010: Carrier U. to Train Employees and Partners to Build Sustainably

The Carrier Corporation, whose founder is considered the father of modern air conditioning, has established a global, companywide educational program for professional employees and customers in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council.

In establishing the Carrier University Institute for Sustainability, the firm became the first business to license the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design curriculum for employee and client training. Begun in 1929, Carrier University provides technical training and professional development in traditional classes and online for architects, building owners, engineers, contractors, developers, facility managers and others. 

“Education is perhaps the most important foundation for the green building movement,” Carrier Corp. President Geraud Darnis said in a statement at the USGBC Greenbuild Conference in Chicago. “The Carrier University Institute for Sustainability will provide a focal point for sustainability education in the buildings marketplace and promote the advancement of green buildings around the world.”

Licensing the LEED curriculum enables Carrier, whose focus is high-tech heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, to conduct an unlimited number of education programs, workshops and events based on the USGBC material and enables it own employees who undergo appropriate LEED training to serve as instructors in the programs. The firm based in Farmington, Conn., has more than 30,000 employees worldwide and 420 are currently certified as LEED-Accredited Professionals, Darnis said.

Darnis’ presentation this morning with USGBC President, CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi was the first in a long lineup of events, panel discussions and industry announcements scheduled for the Greenbuild 2010 International Conference and Expo.

The conference offically opens tomorrow morning with a keynote address by Colin Powell, the retired four-star general who served as President George W. Bush’s first secretary of state and had been chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush.

Also tomorrow, Executive Editor Rob Watson, the chairman, CEO and chief scientist of the EcoTech International Group and the founding chairman of the LEED, presents his third annual Green Building Market & Impact report.

The Greenbuild trade show, where more than 1,000 companies will have their products and services on display, opens tonight.

Other events today include the fourth annual Greenbuild International Forum, which has drawn more than 500 green building professionals. Carrier is the presenting sponsor of the forum.

Carrier also introduced a carbon calculator today that won praise from Fedrizzi, who applauded the company’s work to establish its educational program and thanked the firm for its backing of the forum.

Carrier’s new tool, called the CO2NSERVATION Meter, shows the amount of greenhouse gas emissions Carrier customers have avoided by purchasing company products. The calculator, displayed at, indicates that since 2000 Carrier’s high efficiency products have helped avoid more than 70 million metric tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions.

“It’s not just about creating more efficient technology and putting it out on the market,” said Fedrizzi, a Carrier alum. “It’s really about helping people understand what that decision meant and its impact.”

Carrier received third-party validation of its reported reductions from independent tech company, TIAX LLC. Now a unit of United Technologies Corp., Carrier traces its roots to Willis Carrier, often called the father of modern air-conditioning, who established the firm with about half-dozen fellow engineers in 1915.

Images courtesy of Carrier Corp.