Sustainability Boot Camp, an Energy Efficiency Training Program for Building Managers, to Launch in April

Pilot program presented by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, REBNY, BOMA NY, and the Urban Green Council will train building personnel in effective methods to make buildings more efficient; serve as part of the de Blasio administration’s green buildings plan and broader 80x50 commitment

The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, in collaboration with the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), Building Owners and Managers Association of New York (BOMA NY), and Urban Green Council, have announced the launch of Sustainability Boot Camp, an energy efficiency and sustainability training pilot program for New York building managers, superintendents, operators and engineers that will be held at REBNY’s headquarters in Midtown starting this April.

The pilot program – sponsored by CodeGreen Solutions, ConEdison Solutions, National Grid, NORESCO, and Zones – will offer Urban Green Council’s existing GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials (O&M) certificate and BOMA’s Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP) training.

Sustainability Boot Camp will complement citywide sustainability initiatives including Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC goal of 80 by 50, a blueprint to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Mayor de Blasio’s One City: Built to Last green buildings plan specifically commits to a 30 percent reduction in private sector building emissions by 2025; and the Sustainability Boot Camp will help buildings become greener and more sustainable, while bringing down energy costs.

To maximize participation, those registering for programming will be charged a heavily discounted fee of $30 per person. The first weekday course will take place on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at REBNY’s headquarters in Midtown. Each of the courses will be taught by a combination of trained instructors and industry experts.

Many of the largest commercial and residential owners and managers in New York City have agreed to participate in Sustainability Boot Camp, including: ATCO Properties and Management, CBRE, Inc., Cushman & Wakefield, Edward J. Minskoff Equities, Jones Lang LaSalle, Related Companies, Rockefeller Group Development Corporation, Rudin Management, RXR Realty, and Vornado Realty Trust New York.

Sustainability Boot Camp is ideal for property managers and building staff in multi-family residential and commercial buildings including: building superintendents, operators, facility and property managers, and operating and stationary engineers.

As global climate change continues to impact human populations and natural ecosystems, these courses are another example of the continued work New York City’s real estate professionals and leaders are doing to ensure that New York remains a leader in terms of sustainability efforts, and transform the environment to be better suited for the future.

“Improving the way we operate our buildings is vital to controlling our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Daniel Zarrilli, NYC's Senior Director of Climate Policy and Programs.  “This partnership highlights the success of public and private stakeholders working together to combat climate change and helps train our workforce for the next generation of jobs.”

“Building energy performance depends on how well building owners and operators know how to maximize their energy systems and building components,” said Nilda Mesa, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “To meet our 80x50 goals we all need to work together, and we are delighted that REBNY, BOMA and the Urban Green Council, are our partners in leading the way.”

Council Member Costa Constantinides, Chair of the Council's Environmental Protection Committee said: “The Sustainability Boot Camp will teach building managers how to make their properties more sustainable and energy-efficient. As we move closer towards our goal of reducing our carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, we must make it easier for everyone to go green.  Transitioning buildings to more sustainable operations will help save on energy costs while also combating climate change.  I commend the Real Estate Board of New York for helping to make this boot camp program possible.”

“‎Training building professionals through programs like Sustainability Boot Camp is an essential strategy for making our buildings more energy-efficient, increasing occupant comfort, and reducing energy costs,” said Donna De Costanzo, Director of Northeast Energy and Sustainable Communities at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “This new initiative provides a great example of how government and the private sector can effectively collaborate to achieve our climate goals.”

“Building managers are our first line of defense to prevent wasted energy because they can identify efficiency and conservation measures that will work best for their buildings,” said Rory Christian, New York Director, Clean Energy for Environmental Defense Fund. “We applaud REBNY and its partners for promoting a training program designed to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions while improving building performance.”

“Energy efficiency and conservation are more important today than ever before. That’s why ensuring that all of our building systems run at peak performance is critical,” said John H. Banks, III, REBNY President. “Our most powerful ally in the journey towards achieving the most energy efficient city possible is education, and Sustainability Boot Camp will focus on improving a highly knowledgeable and well-trained workforce.”

“Making our buildings more sustainable and energy efficient reduces pollution; improves public health; saves energy, water, and other resources, and greatly improves our tenants’ experiences,” said James R. Kleeman, RPA, President of BOMA/NY. “One straightforward way to accomplish that is to make sure our building managers and other staff have the skills and knowledge they need to operate buildings efficiently and sustainably. The Sustainability Boot Camp will play a critical role in achieving that goal, and we are thrilled to be a partner in this important endeavor.”

"For years, leading owners have invested in sustainability training to ensure their building operators are star players. Now, they'll bring the coaches – their property managers – to the next level too," said Russell Unger, Executive Director of Urban Green Council. "By extending our GPRO training to this new audience, Sustainability Boot Camp shows one of the many ways the real estate industry is fully engaged in the fight against climate change."

“Related has made a commitment to exclusively build green and in the last eight years we have brought 20 LEED Silver, Gold and Platinum properties into the marketplace and have another 30 underway, including the 28-acre Hudson Yards development on Manhattan’s West Side.  A major part of our green building pledge is to train our teams to think about how we can make our buildings more sustainable and energy efficient, and that is why we have enrolled 60 staff members, including 20 who work in our affordable housing portfolio, in REBNY’s Sustainability Boot Camp,” said Charlotte Matthews, Vice President – Sustainability of Related Cos.

“Vornado is a proud supporter of employee education, particularly on the topics of energy conservation and sustainability. In 2013 we had 88 employees – including both managers and engineers – complete GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials. Based on the success of the program and the overwhelmingly positive feedback, we plan to enroll another 65 employees this year in the same classes through REBNY’s Sustainability Boot Camp,” said Gaston Silva, Chief Operating Officer of Vornado Realty Trust New York, and co-chair of REBNY’s Management Division Board of Directors.

Christopher Cayten, Principal of CodeGreen Solutions said: “The operators of our city's buildings are at the front lines of our city's transformation to a low carbon future, while also increasing the value of the properties they operate by reducing energy and water use. CodeGreen is proud to be partnering with REBNY, BOMA-NY and Urban Green Council on this impactful initiative.”

“In the world of commercial real estate, energy efficiency is an indispensable key to profitability,” said Cara Olmsted, Director, Product and Program Development at ConEdison Solutions. “As one of the city’s foremost energy service providers, we applaud REBNY’s leadership in this critical area. We are proud to join forces with REBNY and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to help fortify New York City’s status as a global leader in energy efficiency.”

“National Grid has a long history of working with our customers and local communities to empower them with energy efficiency solutions to help save energy and money while protecting the environment. Our support of the Sustainability Boot Camp initiative furthers this commitment to helping our customers identify energy efficiency opportunities,” said Lou Rizzo, National Grid Energy Efficiency Manager.

“It is of the utmost importance that all building staff members understand the needs of their facilities. They are the first responders when upgrades are identified and need to be maintained in their buildings, so understanding and learning how energy efficiency works in O& M strategies is critical,” said Lauren Moss, NORESCO, Program Director, Sustainability Services, NYC.

“Zones, a global IT solutions provider with a dedicated Internet of Things practice, provides the latest technologies for intelligent facilities. Our team of architects and engineers has helped customers realize huge cost savings and operational efficiencies during new construction and on retrofit projects,” said Stephen Lurie, vice president of IoT Solutions at Zones. “We look forward to participating at the Sustainability Boot Camp to help facilities professionals embrace efficient and sustainable practices at their properties."

“Educating the professionals that manage and operate our buildings is critically important to meeting our climate mitigation goals. The Building Energy Exchange looks forward to supporting the Sustainability Boot Camp pilot program by providing attendees with the tools and resources they need to maximize the impact of this important education,” said Richard C. Yancey, Executive Director of the Building Energy Exchange.

To register for Sustainability Boot Camp, property managers and building staff in high-rise commercial buildings should visit: http://urbangreencouncil.org/content/events/rebny-gpro-operations-maintenance-essentials-commercial.  

Property managers and building staff in multi-family residential buildings should visit: http://urbangreencouncil.org/content/events/rebny-gpro-operations-maintenance-essentials-residential