The CUNY School of Professional Studies was delighted to host a kick-off event for its Building Operator Certification training program in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Held in the Segal Theatre at the Graduate School and University Center on Friday, March 18th, stakeholders gathered to celebrate the securing of $1.3 million to deliver what is believed to be the largest sustainability training initiative currently available in the United States, and acknowledge the sustainability skills and cost savings that the program will teach and provide.
In his PlaNYC 2020 sustainability goals, Mayor Bloomberg challenged the DOE Chancellor to work toward saving $280 million in energy costs by 2020. This goal will be accomplished through two mechanisms: plant and equipment upgrades on the school sites, and training the operations staff to efficiently manage this plant and equipment. During this 24-month initiative, the CUNY SPS training team will deliver a 90-hour training program to more than 1,000 Custodian Engineers and their supervisors. 360 men and women began training in October, 2010 as part of the first cycle, and three training cycles will be conducted through September, 2012.
Speakers at the kick-off event included: Dr. Robert Paaswell, City College Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, Director of the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems, and Director of the CUNY Transportation Research Center; Michael Bobker, Director of the CUNY Building Performance Lab and Assistant Director of the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems; John Mogulescu, Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Professional Studies; Ellen Ryan, Senior Director of Special Projects, NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services; John Shea, CEO, Division of School Facilities, NYC Department of Education; and Robert Troeller, President of the International Union of Operating Engineers/Local 891.
The CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS) serves New York City’s dynamic marketplace by providing timely, innovative and high-quality programs of study designed to address new or unmet needs. Drawing on CUNY’s nationally and internationally renowned faculty and practitioners, as well as industry and education partners, SPS offers a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs, including CUNY’s first fully online degree programs.