The International Masonry Institute (IMI) has started the nation's first sustainability certification program for mason contractors. The Sustainable Masonry Certification Program began in June in Pittsburgh. IMI developed the program to educate masonry contractors on the specifics of sustainability practices and masonry's role in the LEED certification process.

The certification course lets contractors know the responsibilities of a subcontractor within sustainable construction and covers the LEED credits most important to masonry contractors. The class also gives contractors strategies to make their projects more environmentally friendly, with tips on site use, construction waste management, and material storage.

“The people most responsible for construction need to understand the requirements for LEED buildings. Having masonry contractors certified in sustainable practices makes them a valuable part of the team,” said Maria Viteri, IMI's director of sustainability and program development. For more, visit