Education & Training

Specialized workshops, custom training sessions, and speaking engagements to begin your sustainable transformation.
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Specialized Sustainable

Education & Training

Breaking Ground Contracting provides sustainability education and training to clients and project teams interested in sustainable practices. We offer customizable training workshops designed to help you, your employees and design team members understand, appreciate, and implement sustainable practices in your organization. Through in-person or remote formats, our training and education programs can accommodate nearly any scenario.


Grow your contracting business by integrating high-demand sustainable building practices into your operations and offerings.


Minimize your impact and improve your team’s health and wellness by incorporating sustainability into your organizational culture.
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Packaged Workshops

The Resilient Contractor Series:
Contractors & the Environment

A three-part series focused on protecting our water sources, low impact development, and improving air quality for practicing contractors.
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LEED® in the Field:
Turning Green Building Concepts Into Action

Learn the how and why of high-performing sustainable construction including a breakdown of the LEED rating system and requirements.
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Sustainable Organizations
Small But Mighty:
A Case Study On The Breaking Ground Office & Green Roof

Discover how to improve efficiency and create a healthier work environment using our own office as a working model and learning lab.
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The Business of Sustainability:
Making the Business Case for High-Performance Building

Explore the benefits of sustainable design, including the latest trends as well as the effects of government policies and financial markets.
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Creating a ‘Green’ Workplace

Discover valuable resources including a step-by-step program for implementing Environmental Social Governance (ESG) in your organization.
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Your Personal Sustainability Series

In cooperation with Whole Heart, learn how to foster a culture of sustainability through transformative, science-based techniques for individuals.
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Green Certifications
Green Building Series:
Rating Programs

Everything you need to know about green rating systems such as LEED, Green Globes, WELL, Florida Green Building Coalition, and more.
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LEED® & More:
Choosing the Right Green Building Certification

Designed for the construction industry, this course helps you determine which of the most notable green building rating systems is right for you.
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Custom Education & Training
Your business or organization likely faces unique challenges that require custom training solutions. We work with groups to learn their specific needs and tailor our educational programs to achieve their sustainability goals.
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"Once you started the class, you not only held their attention but got them to enthusiastically participate."

- Robert Holness

American Electrical Contracting
"Your presentation provided a clear description of Green Building and LEED without being either high-browed or too basic to be beneficial."

- Julie Hargrove

Acousti Engineering
"Thanks to Breaking Ground's program, I am now a LEED AP. I passed the exam on the first try with a very good score."

- E.R. "Randy" Tucker

Dana B. Kenyon
"It is my great pleasure to know the staff of Breaking Ground and wholeheartedly vouch for their employment."

- Lisa Boyette

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
"You made a compelling case for the LEED game plan and explained with great clarity how our company can begin to position itself to add value in the LEED arena."

- Jeremy M. Hudson

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    Meet Your Instructor

    Mary Tappounit Sustainability Education Instructor
    Mary Tappouni
    Certified General Contractor
    Certified General Contractor and President of Breaking Ground Contracting, Mary Tappouni provides extensive real-world experience and insight into the arena of sustainable construction. Specializing in budgeting and environmental stewardship, she guides her clients and students towards successful green building in smart, practical ways. Mary holds certifications and accreditations in FGBC, Green Globes, and LEED.
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