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Green design catches on at schools

on Tuesday,April 27,2010 22:04

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Sustainability is the newest trend taking hold of interior design, and an increasing number of design schools are racing to make sure their courses are relevant to the new standard.

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale recently announced a new assistant chair of their Interior and Industrial Design programs, and they are hoping his experience will bring a new way of teaching green design at the school.

School officials said Jan Merle was brought in partly because of his certification with the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and he will teach several courses in green and sustainable design

Merle said his certifications in sustainability, “which is a national exam-certified credential from the U.S. Green Building Council," would bring a higher degree of credibility to the green design classes at the school.

The trend is catching on at schools, as the University of California at Berkeley also recently started a sustainable design program.

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