Online certificate program prepares individuals for the ICC CALGreen Inspector Plans Examiner Test and LEED Green Associate Exam

San Mateo, CA May 27, 2021– Today, the San Mateo County Community College District’s Community, Continuing and Corporate Education (CCCE) division and ID360 announced the launch of the Green Building Certificate Program. The not-for-credit certificate program is open to the public for registration at and designed to help individuals prepare and pass the ICC CALGreen Inspector/Plans Examiner Test and LEED Green Associate Exam. The certificate will offer continuing education units (CEUs) to the International Code Council (ICC), the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

The eight week on-demand bootcamp-style program will provide technical training for individuals involved in building permits related to single-family, multi-family, and commercial buildings. The certificate was designed with building inspectors, plan checkers and special inspectors in mind, but it will benefit other architectural, engineering, and construction professionals by providing in-depth technical training on current and planned green building policies both locally and statewide. 

“We have heard from the community that there is a shortage of qualified individuals to assess and verify the sustainability attributes of green buildings,” said Michael Claire, Chancellor of the San Mateo County Community College District. “The Green Building Certificate program will help solve this problem by providing our community with another innovative and relevant continuing education opportunity that will lead to good jobs in an in-demand field.”

The program features an accelerated learning model organized with four intensive weekend days spread over an eight-week period using the ID360 Academy portal. Participants will complete the certificate using a primarily on-demand model with access to technical trainers for questions and support. The Green Building Certificate Program was designed in partnership with ID360, a local women-owned sustainable design and green building compliance company, and is being offered in partnership with SMCCCD’s CCCE division, with collaborative support from the College of San Mateo.

“We have developed a unique offering that best serves the needs of building officials providing compliance enforcement and design professionals looking to demonstrate compliance of their buildings to these complex codes,” said Melanie Jacobson, ID360 Founder and Principal. “We are excited to deploy our years of experience in this area to co-create the Green Building Certificate with SMCCCD’s Community, Continuing and Corporate Education. The program aligns with our company’s commitment to sustainability, electrification, and carbon reduction.”

Registration for the Green Building Certificate is open and summer session will begin June 16. Students benefit from a rolling admissions cycle although early registration is encouraged with each course capped at 200 students. For more information about the Green Building Certificate, or to register, visit

Sustainability Firm Unveils New Name, New Training Academy, and Expansion of Services

Menlo Park, CA., May 24, 2021 – ID360, a leading sustainability and green building consulting company, announced today a rebrand to its visual identity and name that reflects the company’s progression and continuing commitment to sustainability. Coinciding with the unveiling of the new brand, ID360 launched an updated website ( that reflects the new visual identity and highlights the company’s expansion of services.
“This rename and rebrand represents a significant step in the company’s evolution,” said Melanie Jacobson,

Founder and Principal, ID360. “10 years ago, we started as a design-based business helping architects, engineers and contractors with green building strategies and rating systems. As the industry changed, we have expanded into supporting local governments with innovative policies and programs.”

Sustainability and climate change is at the heart of ID360’s mission and values. ID360 is a woman-owned, boutique firm. The rebrand was informed by the company’s core values of innovation, leadership, collaboration, balance, and mission of global transformation of the built environment.

Coinciding with the rebrand, ID360 also launched a new training division called ID360 Academy. The academy will offer on-demand innovative courses for industry professionals. The courses will fulfill continuing education requirements for the International Code Council (ICC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The continuing education program will prepare those in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries for post-pandemic careers in sustainability, green building, energy efficiency, decarbonization, and electrification.

“Our core values inform everything we do and our history of ‘boots on the ground’ best positions us to be innovative leaders in climate change and sustainability,” said Jacobson. “By expanding our services to also include on-demand education, we are able to scale our impact on sustainability, electrification, and carbon reduction.”