GreenED is an online resource for professionals and students who want to learn about sustainable design in the built environment and green rating certifications. Our vision is to become the leading resource in Africa for green sector continuing professional education, information, and communication; the essential tools our users need to be successful in the green built environment. We provide Contextual Learning and e-Learning for individuals who need to stay at the forefront of knowledge and skills in their sector; and for companies who need to improve performance in the workplace to gain a competitive edge through employee excellence – through in-house events, interactive webinars and online courses.
GreenED seeks to respond in a sustainable manner to the needs of the African built environment, coupled with the rapidly-evolving digital transformation of the workplace, where businesses need to be agile, adaptable and at the forefront of their sectors on an ongoing basis in order to remain relevant and increase profitability.
GreenED provides a platform for continuous, relevant, on-demand educational material that is offered both sustainably and efficiently. Our courses are conducted either online or at companies’ own premises, and course material is provided digitally.
In keeping with the ethos of sustainability, GreenED provides an educational alternative with a significantly reduced carbon footprint, which simultaneously benefits the customer’s bottom-line by increasing their industry-related expertise with cost-effective educational resources.
The market for green buildings in South Africa has grown rapidly in the past 9 years with an exponential growth of certified projects. The recently released ‘World Green Building Trends 2016: Developing Markets Accelerate Global Green Growth - SmartMarket Report’ noted a marked upswing in the contribution of emerging markets to the green building sector – with an even greater impact by these markets expected over the next three years. South Africa was among those countries that reported current green activity above the global average of 24%, with an Average 2015 Green Share of Building Project Activity (by Country) at 41%.
This trend is predicted to continue at a rapid pace, with green building forecast to double globally by 2018. This has fostered growing interest in acquiring green building knowledge to better understand these design paradigms and related technologies, as well as building professional skills to be able to service this market segment.
In Africa, the green building market currently has a need for opportunities to gain knowledge on green design topics relevant to regional contexts: concepts, fundamentals, principles, technologies and application – both at beginner and advanced levels. Importantly, easily accessible information is needed on how to design and implement green systems, technologies and operations throughout the lifecycle of a project.
GreenEd was conceived by three built environment professionals who are passionate about sustainability, and who bring a unique range of diverse skills to the table.