The purpose of an associate in applied science degree in Green Building Maintenance and Management developed by SUNY Sullivan is to prepare a workforce with the skills needed to efficiently and effectively maintain modern commercial buildings. New construction and existing buildings that have upgraded energy systems rely on non-traditional technology. Recent emphasis on green technologies and LEED certified building standards support the use of alternative forms of energy and the prudent use of sustainable products for construction, interior design, and building maintenance. In 2005, New York City Local Law 86 of 2005 adopted “Green Building Standards Rules.”
The Hudson Valley Educational Consortium recognizes the need for a trained workforce to manage and maintain buildings that incorporate these products and technologies. Students enrolled in the Green Building Maintenance and Management AAS degree program will learn the theories that support LEED certification and sustainability. Students will learn to maintain and manage building systems, energy systems, building environments, and water systems as they relate to commercial structures. Lecture and laboratory classes will provide students with theory and practical, hands-on learning opportunities to work with twenty-first century technology including photovoltaic cells, wind generators, and geothermal HVAC.
This program supports the mission of the colleges, specifically as it relates to “maintaining broad range of contemporary career-oriented programs.” Students from the Hudson Valley, from the metropolitan region of New York City, and throughout the state can benefit from this program and its subsequent career opportunities. Opportunities are growing for graduates working with government agencies, corporations and small businesses.
- Students in this program will learn the skills and knowledge necessary to make decisions about the management and maintenance of building systems. Students learn to maintain both conventional and green building technologies and systems that are used to produce energy, heat, light, and ventilation as well as those that consume energy. Students also learn to calculate energy efficiency and recommend changes for better outcomes.
- Students learn about the essential components of building wiring, heating, cooling, and ventilation systems so they can assume responsibility for maintenance of these systems. They learn the basic principles for the positioning and use of wind turbines, photovoltaic cells, passive solar systems and other green building systems.
- Additionally, students learn to manage projects, including communication with the building owners, utilities, planners, and contractors to assure effective and efficient building maintenance and management.
Sullivan Community College has taken a leadership role in developing the Green Building Maintenance and Management curriculum. The Associate in Applied Sciences degree is currently available at SUNY Sullivan. Students wishing to register in this program and participate via the Interactive Television Training Rooms will receive their degree from Sullivan. Interested students should contact their home school Registrars office for assistance in the registration process.