After extensive studying and a challenging test, Kalysta Davis (Mechanical Engineering, Duluth Office) is now a LEED Green Associate. Kalysta learned of her achievement on Nov. 15. Gausman & Moore is committed to LEED guidelines and currently has 12 LEED Accredited Professionals on staff.


As a LEED Green Associate, Kalysta is familiar with the goals and purpose of LEED guidelines. This includes the expectations associated with a building and a specific project. The next step for Kalysta will be earning her LEED Accredited Professional certification.


“It was important for me to pursue LEED accreditation so I become more knowledgeable of the time, process and benefits to achieving LEED certification on a project,” Kalysta said. “It will also help me know more about what is required by Gausman & Moore to accomplish when we take on a LEED project.”


The LEED Green Associate exam covers the big picture intent of LEED guidelines. The exam includes nine different categories and how they fulfill LEED’s goals, mission and values. The categories include the following:


  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • LEED Process
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Integrative Strategies
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Location and Transportation
  • Project Surroundings and Public Outreach

To prepare for the exam, Kalysta took the LEED Green Associate prep workshop that was organized by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) in September and October 2018. Once classes were complete, she continued her studies by focusing on USGBC materials, reviewing the Green Associate study guide, and completing numerous practice exams/questions on the Sustainable Investment Group website.


“We are very proud of Kalysta’s achievement. She is always working to improve her skills and we look forward to celebrating her next accomplishment,” said Scott Haedtke (Duluth Office Head, Electrical Engineering).