Green Supers Run Super Green Buildings (and Love It)

With up to 20% energy savings in each building - the numbers are clear. Green building operations and maintenance is helping residents, property owners, and the environment, but what about the agents of change themselves?

Two exemplary Green Supers, Victor Nazario and Marat Olfir, shared their stories at a panel discussion on the findings of 32BJ and Steven Winters Associates’ recent report.

Victor, Resident Manager at The Whitney (311 East 38th Street), says that the training critically changed his view on buildings and health. Becoming a Green Super gave him “renewed passion to learn more” about the repetitive tasks he performs in his daily work, and turned his job into a legacy for his family and future generations. His attitude of “If not us, then who? And if not now, then when?” is much needed to address climate change mitigation and adaptation here and around the world.

Marat, Resident Manager at The Future Condominiums (200 East 32nd Street), inherited a building from another Green Super who had already made a huge impact by upgrading boilers and heat-pumps in his building. Marat completed his own projects from “no-brainer” solutions like insulating steam-pipes in boiler rooms to large-scale installation of efficient lighting, water fixtures, and PTAC (packaged terminal air conditioner) insulation in residents’ apartments. This training helped Marat find a more advanced and secure job with a larger company.

Another Green Super said, “It’s good to get likeminded people in one room, to bring awareness. It becomes a cultural change, a practical way of thinking. It’s all about taking ownership of your building.” Green training programs are quickly improving perspective and practice in the building industry. With this fundamental drive, building operators can use GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials training to sharpen their technical and entrepreneurial skills, by learning how to choose and install appropriate technologies. Successfully transitioning to a more sustainable building also requires communication skills to educate property owners and residents on new practices.

The skills taught by the Green Supers training reaches beyond the superintendents to their team members and the decision-makers investing in the Supers’ proposed energy efficiency projects.

Training programs like Green Supers have unprecedented  financial and environmental value – the personal and social investment are what make green building training a critical step towards a more sustainable New York.