July 28, 2009
DiNapoli Tours UA Green Jobs Mobile Training Facility
Union Program Prepares New Yorkers for Tomorrow’s Green Jobs
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today toured the United Association’s state-of-the-art mobile training facility, which is in Lake George to help the area’s union plumbers and pipe fitters learn the latest skills and techniques needed to work on sustainable and environmentally friendly “green” buildings.
“The ‘Green Training Trailer’ is a great example of how organized labor is getting hard-working New Yorkers ready for the good paying jobs of the future,” DiNapoli said. “As an investor in the real estate market, I fully appreciate the promise and opportunity of green, sustainable building. As the state’s chief fiscal officer, I understand how important this is to New York’s economic future.”
The 44-foot mobile training facility is operated by the United Association in partnership with the Mechanical Contractors Association of America. It travels throughout the U.S. providing training on “green” HVACR, plumbing, and piping techniques, as well as hydrogen fuel cell technology and geothermal heat pumps. The United Association represents more than 300,000 plumbers and pipe fitters across the U.S.
DiNapoli last year launched the New York State Common Retirement Fund’s Green Strategic Investment Program (GSIP), which has committed $500 million for investments in clean technology companies. GSIP also looks for opportunities in real estate, including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings and developments.
DiNapoli said these GSIP investments will provide strong returns on pension fund investments while helping to improve New York’s environmental and economic outlook.