– Labor-Management Program to Expand Green Buildings Training –

New York, NY – May 19, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will join New York real estate industry executives and union leaders on Monday to recognize New York City’s first class of green building superintendents to graduate from the 32BJ-Thomas Shortman Green Supers training program. Green Supers is an ambitious labor-management green buildings program, launched just over a year ago with Mayor Bloomberg, to train superintendents and resident managers in the latest state-of-the-art energy efficiency measures.

The Green Supers training initiative will be expanded to other East Coast cities, and should significantly reduce energy waste, operating costs and harm to the environment. Greening building operation and maintenance is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce CO2 emissions. Buildings account for 77 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in New York City.

WHAT: U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu to Recognize NYC’s First 1,000 Green Building Supers
WHEN: Monday, May 23, at 12:30 pm
WHERE: 101 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan
(Subway 1, A, C to Canal)
WHO: Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy
Mike Fishman, President of 32BJ SEIU
Howard Rothschild, President of New York’s Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations (RABOLR)
Victor Nazario, Building Superintendent
Hundreds of building superintendants and resident managers

.Green Supers is a program of the 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. The Fund’s programs provide 150,000 hours of industry, academic, and computer courses at over 20 locations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations (RABOLR) is a multi-employer association serving the real estate industry in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut and Northern New Jersey. With more than 120,000 members in eight states, including 70,000 in New York, 32BJ is the largest property services union in the country.

Eugenio Villasante: 212-539-2940
Matt Nerzig: 212-539-2882

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