NYC sees economic boost in 'green building' effort
Are you an HVAC specialist looking for a job? New York City is hiring.
A New York Times story indicates the federal stimulus package and the city's ambitious "green building" initiative should provide a jobs bonanza for HVAC specialists, city officials said yesterday.
Addressing HVAC specialists at a gathering here, a senior policy adviser for Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) said plans to bolster buildings' energy efficiency include a "green work force" package that relies on the City University of New York, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and ASHRAE to train workers.
Bloomberg's "Greener, Greater Buildings Plan" was announced on Earth Day and focuses heavily on enhancing the energy efficiency of existing structures. City officials estimate that buildings are the source of about 80% of the city's greenhouse gas emissions.
The plan is "the first comprehensive plan of any city to address energy efficiency and greenhouse gases for the existing building sector," said the Bloomberg policy adviser, Laurie Kerr.
Kerr explained the various initiatives spelled out in the mayor's recent announcement and why they are good for ASHRAE, which sponsored the gathering yesterday. The overall goal: to cut total greenhouse gas output from city buildings by 5% by 2030, even after factoring in an additional 1 million residents that the city expects to add by then.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey