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Wednesday, July 6, 2022 
2:00 – 3:00 pm CDT


Presented by
Lauren Valastro

Agenda Highlights:
Using criteria to identify sustainable products and processes
Using criteria to identify greenwashing
Anti-greenwashing initiatives
Evaluating greenwashing case studies


Webinar Instructions

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Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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1.0 PDH

1.0 HSW CE Hour

International Code Council
0.1 CEU (Sustainability)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 1.0 PDH to professional engineers and 1.0 HSW continuing education hour to licensed architects in all states.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 1.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .1 CEUs in the specialty area of Sustainability (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).


Lauren Valastro

Partner/Attorney at Diamond McCarthy LLP
After practicing complex commercial and environmental litigation for ten years, Ms. Valastro recently become a Business Law Professor at Louisiana State University – Shreveport and a consultant for a prominent litigation funder.  Her research agenda includes greenwashing and legal ethics issues.  Ms. Valastro graduated first in her college class from Texas Tech University, summa cum laude with honors, with a B.A. degree in Spanish and Political Science and received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law.

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.