— A nearly $3 million grant from the US Department of Labor
as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
will allow the 32BJ Thomas Shortman Training Fund
to expand its Green Supers
program to help train 2,000 New York City building superintendents in energy efficiency through better operations and maintenance (O&M), according to a press release
According to the release, the Green Supers program, endorsed by Mayor Bloomberg
, real estate industry leaders, Urban Green
, U.S. Green Building Council NY
and the Building Performance Institute
, is a 40-hour class providing building service workers with the latest training in energy efficient operations.
Mike Fishman, president of 32BJ
, the largest building services workers union in the country, said: "With nearly 80 percent of New York
’s greenhouse gas emissions produced by buildings it’s imperative for owners, workers, environmental groups and the federal government to jointly tackle this environmental challenge."
Green Supers is a program of the 32BJ Thomas Shortman Training Fund, a labor management partnership that offers training to more than 80,000 32BJ union members working in the property services industry and provides 150,000 hours of industry, academic and computer courses at over 20 locations in New York
, New Jersey
and the District of Columbia, the release stated.
Green O&M can reduce building energy use by 10 percent at low capital cost, making it the cheapest, fastest way to reduce energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions, the release added.