Plumbing and Pipe-Fitting Union Welcomes Green Training
Labor unions are beginning to seek sustainability education for a “competitive edge,” and Urban Green Council is happy to comply.New York’s Urban Green Council has joined forces with a national labor union to provide training in sustainable practices to thousands of plumbers, pipe fitters, sprinkler fitters, and HVAC technicians.
Members of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry (UA) will receive Urban Green Council’s(GPRO) program, which includes material on technologies such as condensing boilers, solar thermal systems, and onsite graywater and blackwater recycling systems. “We’re seeing how sustainability is rapidly becoming a necessity in all types of buildings” said William Hite, president of UA. “GPRO training will give our members a competitive edge as our trade evolves.”
The trainings should also bring environmental benefits since systems designed for efficiency only perform well if they are installed correctly and maintained. In fact, if enough contractors, trades, operators, and service workers onsite have GPRO certificates, a building project can earn a.
According to Urban Green Council, GPRO will soon be made available to other building trade unions through the Building Trades Academy of AFL-CIO.
Published December 30, 2013