Green Building Education Services (GBES) was founded in 2007 (back then we were www.greenexamprep.com) and created the original LEED practice tests as the LEED movement was growing. Our co-founders brought together real estate/construction/green building experience as well as professional credentialing and exam prep systems. The perfect match. Today, GBES is recognized as a global green building movement leader.
Our Mission is to advance the green building movement through best-in-class education and encouragement.
Our Vision is to be the global leader of green building education and training.
- Quality of Life – Proactively create a healthy work-life balance and consistent enjoyment in day-to-day life for our family (team) and our community.
- Best-in-Class – Global notoriety as a trendsetter and influencer in all that we do: education, relationships, and customer service.
- Positivity – Passionate practice of optimism and environmental stewardship in the present about the future.
- Trust – Faith in each other, goodwill towards our customers & clients, and consistent integrity have yielded longevity in business (over 10+ years).
After our LEED practice tests, we added courses and additional study tools. LEED went through major changes in 2009 (to v3) and multiple new LEED credentials were available (that was a busy year for us to make practice tests and courses for each LEED credential). Then, we built out a 100+ continuing education (LEED CMP) library that also doubles for AIA hours. Now, we’re all-in on WELL, a program we really enjoy.
Green Building Movement Leaders
We are proud to be the leading provider of online LEED Green Associate and LEED Accredited Professional (AP) exam preparation solutions and services. GBES is the top provider of web-based realistic exam simulation and online training tools for the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams. In a marketplace crowded with elementary and inadequately developed products, GBES offers sophisticated and powerful exam preparation to meet our customer’s needs.
We partner with SIG to allow experienced LEED professionals to teach each of our online classes. All of our trainers have taken and passed the new LEED credential exams. Backed by the strongest commitment to client success in the industry, dedicated customer support, unrivaled expertise in accreditation training, and the best technology, GBES is your partner for learning LEED and helping you pass your LEED exam the first time.
Charlie Cichetti, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Homes | Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Charlie is proud to be one of the leaders in the green building industry. He has built a career around green building services, and leads two companies that hold sustainability leadership as core values — Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) and Green Building Education Services (GBES). Both companies allow him the opportunity to put his high-level of LEED expertise and accreditation to work. Charlie has led many projects (over 50 Million SF of LEED/Energy Star/Cx-RCx) to LEED Gold, and even several to the highest mark: Platinum. Charlie’s LEED clients have ranged from JLL, JP Morgan Asset Management, and Morgan Stanley, to the Army Corp of Engineers and various School Systems. Project types include Class A Office, Medical, Hotel, School, Stadium, and Convention Center. Mr. Cichetti was one of the first professionals to hold all of the new LEED credentials. He has facilitated online and in-person training sessions that have helped tens of thousands of professionals obtain LEED accreditation. Quite simply, our CEO is invested in the success of the green building industry. He believes in it, and is working with people and buildings around the world to create the highest level of sustainability possible.
Mr. Cichetti (cha-ket-E) holds a degree in Business Management from the College of Business at Georgia Tech and has successfully become a LEED Accredited Professional in all available specialties, Operations & Maintenance, Building Design & Construction, Interior Design & Construction, Neighborhood Development, and Homes. And, he is also a WELL AP.
Alyson Laura, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, O+M | Director of Resilience Education
Alyson Laura is the Director of Resilience Education for GBES and an all around Sustainability Maven. She ensures the highest quality product in the GBES study materials, develops new on-demand webinar content, and stays up to date on the latest green building trends and emerging certifications. Prior to joining GBES, Alyson was a Sustainability Consultant for SIG where she led project teams to LEED certification. In addition, she taught in person exam prep classes all over the US.
Alyson began her career in Architectural design and became captivated by the triple bottom line of the green building movement. She worked as a LEED Reviewer for one of USGBC’s veteran review firms, has reviewed hundreds of LEED certification applications, and has worked on dozens of successful LEED Consulting projects.
Corey Little, LEED Green Associate | Chief Technology Officer
Corey is CTO at GBES, ensuring delivery of online content to customers whenever and wherever they want it. He is committed to providing a seamless experience for our customers through management of the GBES technology platform, creating and delivering the best quality online training videos and materials for the customer. Mr. Little is dedicated to creating the best online experience possible using the latest technologies and superb customer service. He is skilled in both hardware and software and is the best problem-solver we know. Corey is a roll-up the sleeves kind of guy that has advanced GBES’ systems greatly over the last few years.
Prior to GBES, Little managed a major electronic retailer’s store operations in metro Atlanta. There he also provided customer service and sales training to a growing staff, managed large orders for the latest & greatest technology to bring to market, and helped launch the retailer’s first e-commerce platform.
Scott Turner, LEED AP, Co-Founder
Turner has almost 20 years of experience in the training and exam software industry. Prior to starting GBES he was co-owner of one of the largest IT training and certification programs in the world, with customers in 115 countries that included 75% of the Fortune 500. Turner has extensive exam creation experience, having written exams that were administered by both Prometric and Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide. Turner has extensive experience with all aspects of developing high quality training programs, including courseware creation, practice tests, exam creation and delivery, and psychometrics.
Turner was one of the first students of the Southface home building school in the year 2000, where he learned to construct green homes as part of the Earth Craft program.
Katie Cline, LEED AP, Co-Founder
Cline has more than 11 years of business development and leadership skills. Previously, she was working for Opus South in Atlanta on various green building projects such as the Social Security Administration building [LEED NC Silver] in Birmingham, AL. Cline holds a business degree from Texas Christian University, and a MBA with a concentration in Commercial Real Estate from Georgia State University.
Cline owns a green home in Dallas, Texas that includes green building strategies such as cocoon insulation made from recycled newspaper, 19 SEER HVAC units, tankless water heaters, and radiant barrier roofing.
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