Interior Design professor teaches stepping stone course for LEED certification

February 4th, 2013 Comments Off on Interior Design professor teaches stepping stone course for LEED certification

Professor Amy Crumpton is getting her students used to working together and has divided the class into groups with both architecture and interior design students. On. Jan. 29, Emily Houston (interior design, right) and Zachary Carnegie (architecture, left) presented on the need for integrated practice in creating successful LEED projects.

Interior design professor Amy Crumpton, LEED AP, ID +C, believes that – especially in today’s economy – it’s important for students and other professionals to set themselves apart from their peers.

One way for design and architecture students and professionals to get an edge is to get their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Associate certification.

“Green design is not just being demanded by employers but is expected,” said Crumpton. “Getting certified shows a future employer you are committed to it. You are willing to pay for it with your own money and time before you even get there.”

The first step toward becoming LEED certified is to pass the Green Associate Test; however, in order to sit for the test, one must have completed a class in green design or worked on a LEED project.

Therefore, the Interior Design Program decided to start offering a course open to students and professionals that, when completed, would allow them to sit for the certification exam.

ID 4611: Principles of LEED, taught by Crumpton each spring, meets from 4-4:50 on Tuesday. In the past, several members from the design community have taken the class. This semester, there are 28 students – half out of the School of Architecture and half out of the Interior Design Program. All plan to sit for the exam.

“That’s 28 more LEED professionals in Mississippi than we had six months ago,” said Crumpton, who said the major focus of LEED is integrated practice.

“You can’t maximize green design one person at a time – it has to be the system,” she said. “All design professionals have to work together.”

For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Amy Crumpton at

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