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Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
8:30 – 9:30 am CST


Presented by
Lauren Valastro

Learn how to identify sustainable products and processes, how to identify greenwashing,
discuss anti-greenwashing initiatives, and see case studies that evaluate greenwashing.


Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

GoToWebinar App requirements:
Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) – macOS Catalina (10.15)

Web Browser:
The two most recent version of the following browsers:
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer v11 (or later) with Flash enabled

Internet connection:
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Professional Engineers:
1.0 Ethics PDH

1.0 HSW CE Hour

AIA:    (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)
1.0 LU|HSW

International Code Council:
.1 CEU (Sustainability)


Continuing Education Credit Information
See each course listing for the type and amount of each continuing education credit available. Individual courses for engineers and architects are not subject to pre-approval. HalfMoon Education does not apply for landscape courses in FL, NC, and NJ or land surveyor courses in NJ or TN, unless expressly stated.

HalfMoon Education Certifying Entities
American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (No. J885)
International Code Council (No. 1232)
Landscape Architect Continuing Education System
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
Boards of Engineering: Florida (No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059),
Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), and North Carolina (No. S-0130).

Course-by-Course Providers:
Association of State Floodplain Managers
International Society of Arboriculture
Society of American Foresters

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for engineers, architects, and landscape architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2), §69.6(i)(2), and §79-1.5(i)(2)). Only AIA HSW-approved courses qualify for New York engineering credit.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Lauren Valastro

Partner/Attorney at Diamond McCarthy LLP
Ms. Valastro is a partner at Diamond McCarthy’s Houston office. Her practice focuses on complex domestic and international commercial, energy, and environmental litigation matters. Ms. Valastro’s docket includes contracts, insurance, indemnification, liquidations, greenwashing, and fraud. In addition to representation of diverse corporate clients from across the globe, she also has a broad range of environmental experience including litigation concerning the remediation and restoration of contaminated properties, cost-recovery and contribution actions, and the assessment and recovery of natural resource injuries and damages.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Ethical Issues in Sustainable Design: Understanding and Preventing Greenwashing

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines the unethical practice of greenwashing – the practice of marketing a product as sustainable, when in fact it does not have green qualities. This course covers how to recognize such false or misleading claims and how, and why, to avoid committing them.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to define the practice of greenwashing and explain why it is harmful.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to explain the criteria used to identify sustainable products and processes that they can apply to meet their clients sustainable project goals.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and describe the criteria used to identify greenwashed building materials and practices, so designers and contractors do not fall prey to false claims.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss anti-greenwashing initiatives that are underway and developing that protect designers, contractors, and, ultimately, consumers and the environment.

LUs: 1.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with sustainable products and practices

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 12/23/2023

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.