CUNY SPS Building Operating Certificate Program Awards 176 Certificates

The CUNY School of Professional Studies is delighted to congratulate 176 NYC Department of Education Custodian Engineers who were awarded their certificates after completing SPS’s Building Operator Certification training program in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Held at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn on Wednesday, June 29th, friends, family, and stakeholders gathered to celebrate the first graduates of 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 teaches and provides.

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.

Speakers at the ceremony included: John Shea, CEO, Division of School Facilities, NYC Department of Education; Robert Troeller, President of the International Union of Operating Engineers/Local 891; Ellen Ryan, Senior Director of Special Projects, NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services; and Brian A. Peterson, Associate Dean for Administration and Finance, CUNY School of Professional Studies.


The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY 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.

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