Earlier this month, Local 32BJ SEIU
, the nation's largest building service workers union, held a forum that celebrated the achievements of the 32BJ Training Program's Green Supers training
program. Over 100 union members and guests turned out on November 11th to hear how Green Supers have succeeded in making their buildings more efficient while saving money and winning over the support of building residents.
Kyle Bragg, Secretary-Treasurer for 32BJ SEIU, moderated the forum and kicked it off with testimonials from two Green Supers on how the training impacted their work and their buildings. Victor Nazario, the Resident Manager for The Whitney Condominiums, recounted how the training opened up his eyes to a new perspective on his building and instilled in him an obligation to make his building more efficient not only for the residents but also for future generations by helping to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Marat Olfir, the Resident Manager for The Future Condominiums, spoke about how training helped him rise from handyman to resident manager. He credited Green Supers training with helping him and the previous manager, Sean Wade, make many improvements at the Future that resulted in real energy and cost savings.
Steven Winter Associates then presented their findings from an evaluation they did of the program. Mark Zuluaga, Vice President of Multifamily Services, and Grant Salmon, a Senior Energy Consultant, reviewed the main strategies that Green Supers employ in improving their buildings and examples of the kind of impacts they have on building energy use and savings. The Steven Winter report concluded that 5% to 20% energy savings are achievable by improving operational efficiency through strategies promoted by the Green Supers training.
The event was co-hosted by the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations
(RAB) and Urban Green
, the New York chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Linda Nelson, the Director of the 32BJ Training Fund
, and Jeffrey Brodsky, the President of Related Management and Chair of Urban Green, made opening remarks.
You can see a full video of the forum and access the Steven Winter report here