The K12 Facilities Forum leadership retreat for heads of facilities occurred this weekend. It was an intimate forum for the nation’s leading school districts to explore innovations in planning, design, construction and operations. Across the country, school districts continue to deal with numerous challenges: limited resources, deteriorating buildings, rapid advancements in technology, and an aging workforce. The program featured a healthy balance of thought-provoking talks and small group discussions.
Our CEO John Shea along with the SCA’s President & CEO Lorraine Grillo attended and presented on Water Testing Issues and how we address these.
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Employee Resource Group (ERG) Co-leaders Meryl Labella and Linda Green attended the Meet the ERGs - Unconscious Bias Workshop hosted by the DOE’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management. Unconscious Bias was introduced as the mental shortcuts our brains take to help us make decisions quickly. Following this wonderful workshop, they introduced other attendees to the Women in Facilities Management (WIFM) ERG and provided their experiences on forming this type of group. Other WIFM members in attendance were Kimberley Coke, Rana Roberts, Maria Kurylyk, Kimberly DeVine and Eliza Brenman.
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Michael Gusek, Custodian Engineer at M154 was honored by DCAS on October 25th as the 2016 DOE Energy Champion. DCAS annually awards one person from each of the major municipal agencies as the Energy Champion. An Energy Champion is someone at the facility level who has day-to-day responsibility for operating one or more facilities in an energy efficient manner.
In the past 3 years, Mr. Gusek has reduced his electric demand by 40% and his electrical usage by 55%. He reduced his heating consumption by 13% and he achieved an overall energy reduction of 23%. He has made these achievements by performing his own boiler maintenance. The boilers are original to the building, which were installed in 1963 and are immaculately maintained. With his painstaking attention to detail of the maintenance of his boiler plant, he has prevented the boilers from having blown a single boiler tube in 19 years. His log books are impeccably neat, well organized and up to date. His supervisors describe him as having great attention to detail, his building kept in mint condition and being avid about the maintenance of the facility. We are pleased to see other agencies recognizing all the hard work our facilities staff do on a daily basis. Congratulations to Mr. Gusek on this wonderful award and achievement!
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Our Women in Facilities Management (WIFM) members organized a group of Division of School Facilities (DSF) employees to attend a Career Fair which took place at Energy Tech HS on Monday, October 17, 2016. The staff also participated in the Women in STEM networking event that followed. Both were a huge success and a very rewarding experience for both the students of the school and our team of DSF presenters. Our WIFM group plans to attend more of these types of fairs and events throughout the school year!
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On Friday October 21, 2016 to show support for the fight against breast cancer, DSF employees wore pink to work in support of our family, friends and colleagues who have been impacted. Together we can reach an incredible goal in building awareness since early detection is the best prevention possible.
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The Division of School Facilities, in partnership with the Career and Technical Education (CTE) office, offers students from CTE schools the opportunity to work with skilled tradespersons in a hands-on learning environment. Our goal is to help students learn how to enter into various trade fields. Two interns from our first intern group have made our agency proud by being accepted to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners apprenticeship program. This is a shining example of how this program truly impacts our students’ lives. Congratulations to former interns Joed Diaz and Zimzam King, and to the entire DSF and CTE community who made this internship a reality.
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The Division of School Facilities (DSF) proudly collaborates with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on a joint project to install low-flush toilets throughout our buildings. Utilizing DEP funding (totaling over $33 Million through Fiscal Year 2017) and the Department of Education’s Job Order Contract, DSF expects approximately 30,000 fixtures to be replaced. This type of collaboration between agencies allows the City to accomplish massive projects which could not be achieved without this kind of partnership.
It is estimated this project will result in saving 4 million gallons of water per day. In addition, the old porcelain fixtures are crushed and prepared to create an oyster reef in Jamaica Bay. This venture allows us to show our students a real world connection to our sustainability message; which we consider a wonderful thing!
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The Division of School Facilities has developed a Standing Water Management Plan to mitigate risks associated with diseases that are caused by mosquitoes. The Plan outlines the best practices and procedures to be followed by Custodian Engineers and Building Managers, to avoid ponding before a rain event and abate standing water
48-72 hours after a rain event, or other operational activities that can lead to standing water.
This Plan complies with the NYC Department of Health and
Mental Hygiene’s (DoHMH) regulation (Title 24: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - New York City Health Codes - Title IV: Environmental Sanitation› Part B:
Control of Environment› Article 151: Rodents, Insects and Other Pests. Click here for NYC Rules) governing standing water.
For additional information please visit the DoHMH website at:http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/zika-virus.page
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On April 20th, 2016, the Chancellor’s Recognition of Excellence Award Ceremony was held at the Tweed Courthouse to celebrate and honor twenty one school custodial staff for their exemplary work and accomplishments.
Those recognized were Custodian Engineers (Local 891), Firepersons/Building Managers (Local 94) and Handypersons/Cleaners (Local 32 BJ). The custodial staff were nominated by their supervisors, representing the best from all seven borough teams. The honorees were recognized and praised by Chancellor Carmen Fariña, Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth A. Rose and CEO of the Division of School Facilities John T. Shea for their wonderful efforts and contributions in maintaining the city’s school buildings. Guest speakers Robert J. Troeller of Local 891 and Shirley Aldebol of Local 32BJ also addressed the honorees with warm congratulatory messages.
The event was attended by over 100 people including family, friends and colleagues of the honorees and representatives from the three local unions. The event proved to be an ideal way of highlighting these exceptional individuals.
The custodial staff honored at the ceremony were: Sultan Alkatabi, Thomas Bickerton, Alfred Cataudella, Robert Crumb, Kristen D'Alessio, Adriano DeLeon, Steven Dinapoli, Dennis Dominguez, Silvia Duran, Elio Garita, Jillian Gonzalez, Jesus Guerrero, Deborah Lapponese, Marilyn Middleton, Frank Pedretti, Jonathan Ranzie, Steven Reider, Daniel Rivera, Gerardo Rodriguez, Stephen Sigler & Michael Smith. Click here to view
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On November 4th, 2015 DCAS Energy Management held its Annual Energy Recognition Ceremony to celebrate leadership in energy management at the New York Botanical Garden. Approximately 100 people attended the ceremony from a variety of City agencies, cultural institutions and libraries. Awards were given to Energy Champions from nine (9) city agencies to recognize their excellence in implementing building management practices that reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Adele McGreal, the DOE Energy Champion and Custodian for PS 102 in the East Bronx, was selected by the Division of School Facilities for her many successes in working towards energy efficiency. Some examples of her accomplishments include the improvement of the facility's HVAC system, the implementation of a preventive maintenance plan, and a low cost/no cost lighting upgrade utilizing funding from the Demand Response program.
Awards were also given to an Energy Manager of the Year, Omer Cabuk of DSF for his outstanding contributions in reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions. While one Energy Champion is nominated by each agency, Omer was selected out of all agency Energy Managers citywide for his particular achievements. He has consistently proven himself to be worthy of this award through the quality of his work, the professional manner in which he conducts himself, and the consistent way he goes above and beyond in all facets of developing, organizing and implementing an agency energy management program.
In 2012 the Department of Education announced that P.S. 62 in Staten Island would be the first ‘Net Zero’ school in the state of New York. On September 10, the Katherine Grimm School of Leadership and Sustainability, named after the former Deputy Chancellor, opened their classroom doors.
Housed in a brand-new, uniquely designed 68,000-square-foot building, the classrooms, which will eventually house 444 students in pre-K through fifth grade, were built with windows facing directions that will catch the most sunlight and avoid excessive use of electric lights. The ceilings are shaped to push sunlight into the rooms and the walls are insulated so it lets very little air out. With a host of additional ‘green’ features like motion-sensor energy-efficient indoor lighting, and a precast concrete building envelope which acts as a rain screen, the school will use 50 percent less energy than a typical school building.
The school building will also serve as a hands-on learning laboratory for its students, allowing educators to integrate their surroundings into lessons about sustainability, innovation and the importance of preserving and protecting our environment. Students will also contribute directly through physical exercise by riding stationary bicycles that actually produce energy for the building. Outdoor gardens and a greenhouse in the second-floor courtyard will produce food for the cafeteria, not only helping children make healthy food choices but also teaching them about life cycles in nature.
In addition to its regular classrooms and sustainability nodes, the Kathleen Grimm School features art and music facilities, a science lab, gymnasium, a library, an outdoor playground, a running track and pathways around the property that encourage walking and feature displays that teach students about the environment.
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The Division of School Facilities (DSF), led by CEO John Shea, was awarded the 2015 Institutional Energy Management of the Year Award by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) at the World Energy Engineering Congress.
This honor, in recognition of DSF's pioneering energy conservation training program, highlights New York City's focus on reducing citywide energy consumption in municipal-owned buildings. By shifting organizational focus to energy reduction and enhancing indoor environmental quality, DSF has positioned themselves as US leader in building management systems. DSF's training program goes beyond capital improvements and instead embraces organizational change on a larger level. Attendees of the DSF training program earned numerous certifications (National Building Operator Certification and Indoor Air Quality Certifications from the International Union of Operating Engineers and the United States Environmental Protection Agency), allowing them to better serve the needs of the buildings they manage.
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Deputy Mayor Richard Buery and Michaela Daniel from the Office of the Mayor pay a visit to the new Universal Pre-K Center at 1139 Coney Island Avenue. Also on hand were officials from the School Construction Authority, Division of Early Childhood Education, and Nicholas DelBianco, Deputy Director of Facilities.
The facility and students were decked out in pink in honor of Women’s Health. The visitors enjoyed their interactions with both students and staff. They were impressed by the students' openness and confidence to engage in conversations and play, and their hesitancy to share their pizza. One student told the Deputy Mayor that she was going to tell her mother as she does not talk with strangers.
The Deputy Mayor was particularly impressed with the enthusiasm, passion, caring and knowledge exhibited by both the students and their teachers.
Thank you to the staff of Coney Island for their display of professionalism as members of the Community School District 22 Pre-kindergarten team.
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The new Beacon High School building has a new mural on display, courtesy of the creative works of the students attending Beacon High School.
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The Office of Sustainability held its first Sustainability Summit on Friday, July 24 which drew over 100 eager participants, consisting of sustainability coordinators, teachers, custodial engineers and partners, all committed to improving sustainable efforts within the NYC school system.
The objective of the summit was to provide an instructional and networking environment for participating individuals to share best practices, resources, and build stronger relationships.
The day-long event, began with a welcome address, given by DSF’s CEO John Shea, followed by the keynote address, given by Afsana Akter and Amosh Neupane, both alumni of the Alliance of Climate Education (ACE) and Global Kids program. Their powerful keynote address, shared their personal stories of climate activism and how climate change has impacted their homelands.
Afsana spoke of the effect climate change has had on Bangladesh, where she was born: “I grew up in Bangladesh where the effects of climate change are destroying people’s way of life. Sea level rise and severe tropical storms continue to intensify. People are losing their homes”. Amosh who is from Nepal, spoke about his love for nature “We are the perpetrators of the slow, painful demise of our planet. Who will speak for the Himalayas and the Dead Sea? Who is going to project the voices of the dolphins and the plovers? Who is going to advocate for the voiceless, the ones being subjugated? I will.” said Amosh. They closed their address by asking their peers to join them in taking action for a cleaner future.
Held at The Walton Educational Campus in the Bronx, the summit provided a variety of partner sponsored expo tables and workshops. Each 50 minute workshop focused on guiding educators and staff on how to seamlessly integrate sustainability initiatives into schools across all curriculum subject areas and within operations.
The summit concluded with the first Sustainability Excellence Awards, which recognizes outstanding individuals and teams for excellence in environmental leadership and contributions to the DOE’s Sustainability Initiative.
Let’s congratulate this year’s award winners and thank them for making DOE facilities a more sustainable place to learn and work.
Outstanding Sustainability Coordinator
• Phil Richford, P.S. 197
• Danny Steiner, Bronx Theatre High School
Outstanding Facility Staff
• Luciano Paone, Charles Weng School - Elementary
• Rosemarie Nicoletti, Kings Highway Academy - Elementary
Outstanding Student Green Team
• P.S. 57 Green Team, Hubert H. Humphrey Elementary School
• M.S. 74 Green Team, Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School Extreme Green Team, John F. Kennedy High School
Outstanding School Event
• The Big Lift Contest, P.S. 130 – Hernando De Soto Elementary School
• Stuyvesant High School’s Annual Earth Day Fair, Stuyvesant High School
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The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) promotes a healthy environment through efficient management of the City’s solid waste, and environmentally sound long-range planning for handling the City’s recycling and garbage. To help encourage students the Golden Apple Awards reward NYC public schools grades K–12 with cash prizes for implementing innovative and exemplary programs in recycling, waste prevention, and cleanup and beautification.
The annual competition includes three main contests: Super Recyclers, honoring model school recycling programs; Reduce & Reuse, recognizing innovative waste reduction practices; and Team Up to Clean Up, which encourages students to clean up and beautify their schools and neighborhoods.
On Monday, June 22, DSNY’s Commissioner, Kathryn Garcia; Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; GrowNYC Recycling Champions Program Manager, Thaddeus Copeland and DSF’s Chief Executive Officer, John Shea, met with the 2015 Super Recyclers Citywide Winner, P.S.130 Hernando De Soto, located in Lower Manhattan. P.S. 130 also won GrowNYC Recycling Champions “Big Lift” contest, a contest that challenges participating schools to weigh all of their waste from classrooms, offices, and cafeterias, once a week for four weeks.
With the efforts of the school’s Green Team, students implemented a new effective recycling program, and displayed results of their weekly classroom checkups on a bulletin board. They increased involvement with workshops, newsletters, and morning announcements.
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After successfully completing a 13 week internship program, the inaugural class of DSF interns were celebrated at the Department of Education’s Headquarters. In front of family, friends, school staff, co-workers and supervisors, Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose congratulated all 20 students on setting an example within the City’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Schools. She went on to praise not only their work ethic and dedication, but signaled out the importance of the “soft skills” they had attained by taking part in the program.
John Shea, CEO of DSF, highlighted how essential it is for CTE schools to form partnerships with industry associates that allowed for students to test the knowledge learned in the classroom with hands-on experience. Speaking of his own start in facilities management, Mr. Shea spoke about the types of careers available to the next generation of graduates.
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We're hosting a Sustainability Summit on July 24, 2015 at the Walton Educational Campus.
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On Wednesday, April 29, The Bronx Director of Facilities Anthony Salvadore and members of his Bronx Team had a meet and greet with the Office of School Food Service Managers.
The organizer was Cherise Tafe, Bronx Regional Director of School Food. As stated by Anthony Salvadore, “…the meet and greet was to better understand our roles and responsibilities working as a team in resolving many issues that impact both sides of our operation. The meeting was very interactive, informative and successful….”
On Tuesday, April 14th the Office of Sustainability held its annual Demand Response Award Ceremony. Held at the DOE’s Division of School Facilities, awards were given to Custodian Engineers who oversee facilities participating in the Demand Response Program and exceeded performance during Summer 2014.
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The Division of School Facilities, in partnership with the Career and Technical Education (CTE) office, has begun offering students from CTE schools the opportunity to work with skilled tradespersons in a hands-on learning environment.
Interns, who were chosen after a rigorous interview process, work in the areas of carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC or Energy Management. Over a seven week period the 21 interns will take the lessons learned in the classroom and apply them to real world scenarios. This type of environment will enable participants to better understand the jobs they’ve studied and test the skills learned through CTE programs.
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During their Black History Month celebration, the Riverton Street Charter School (RSCS) presented Board Member Linda Green with its Visionary Award, in appreciation of her vision and limitless effort in creating an exemplary institution and effectively leading and sustaining the RSCS learning community.
Linda has been a member of the board of the directors since 2011. The Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated civic and community leaders who volunteer their time and energy to help ensure that Riverton Street Charter School is challenging each child to achieve.
Riverton Street Charter School, founded in 2010 in St. Albans, Queens, is a free public charter school offering Full Day K-7 (adding 8th grade in the fall of 2015). The RSCS credo is simple: Set high-standards, make expectations clear, provide meaningful instruction, and watch children excel academically. At RSCS every student is given the tools for success, in and out of the classroom. With a commitment to work, good citizenship, and personal responsibility students experience a safe, secure environment where learning and achievement can thrive.
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Chancellor Fariña, along with other high ranking officials from the DOE, recognized sixteen custodial staff employees for their exceptional work at a ceremony on March 9th. Those recognized were Custodial Engineers (Local 891), Firepersons (Local 94) and Handypersons/Cleaners (Local 32BJ).
Nominated by their supervisors, these individuals represent the best from all five boroughs. This was the first time the Chancellor’s Recognition of Excellence Award has been given to a group of individuals. Highlighting outstanding custodial staff at the Division of School Facilities will now be an annual occurrence.
The sixteen employees were individually praised by John Shea, CEO of the Division of School Facilities, and had the opportunity to meet Chancellor Fariña and Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose. With family and friends in attendance, this ceremony was the perfect setting to honor those who work tirelessly maintaining the city’s school buildings.
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In partnership with the NBA, the city’s Department of Education plans to reach 1 million youth in all five boroughs over All-Star weekend. In addition to hosting basketball and fitness clinics in 100 schools on February 13th, the Division of School Facilities (DSF) has worked with the NBA to refurbish 10 indoor basketball courts across the city. This work highlights DSF’s central mission and brings needed updates to some of the city’s finest schools. Please see attached article for more details: click here
The Office of Enterprise, Development and Support is pleased to introduce its
Staff Development web page. The web page contains a directory of updated instructional and informational manuals available for your use. The manuals cover several Microsoft Office 2010 applications, including basic Excel, Word and Outlook. All manuals are available for viewing online, or printing via the DSF Staff Web Page. Each manual has a cover page and table of content. You can click on the links in the table of contents to navigate to the various topics. Also available are instruction guides for all our PassPort Portal/J users. These guides were created specifically for custodian engineers/building managers, contract managers, skilled trade mechanics, and Accounts Payable and other DSF staff.
Additionally, our newly revised Training Registration Application is now available for use. This application allows DSF staff to electronically request training for individual, or group training sessions for one of the many course offerings and sub topics. All requests for training must be approved by a manager or supervisor. This application will be the main medium for requesting, registering and notifying staff of just about every training session offered by DSF.
Please review and take advantage of all training provided by DSF.
Ms. Meryl LaBella has been selected as the Director of Special Projects. This position reports directly to the CEO, and will oversee a varied portfolio including our SchoolStat program, and our relationship with other New York City agencies such as the Parks Department, the Department of Transportation, and Cultural Affairs, to name a few. Meryl has been with DSF as the Deputy Director of Procurement for five years, and has a strong facilities management background from the private sector prior to her city service.
Mr. Philip Napolitano has been selected as the Director of Facilities Management Services. In this role, Phil’s primary responsibility will be the oversight of our Facilities Management Services (FMS) vendors, TEMCO and ABM. These companies provide outsourced cleaning and maintenance services to approximately 140 buildings in the Department’s portfolio. Phil will also have responsibilities related to our moving contract, our vehicle fleet, and our Vernon Boulevard warehouse operation. Phil has held positions of increasing responsibility at DSF, including Cleaner, Handyperson, Custodian Engineer, and Deputy Director of Facilities. Most recently, he was assigned as the point person for PCB issues for the DOE.
Click here to read letter from the Commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to Chancellor Fariña.
Ottavio Lamantia, Custodian Engineer for the Grace Dodge Career and Technical Education High School (X660) in the Bronx, wins the DOE 2014 Energy Champion Award.
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In partnership with DCAS, the DOE is holding a building energy competition during winter 2014/2015. One winner will be selected from each borough. A Custodian Engineer at each winning school can select a maintenance repair or an energy retrofit project related to HVAC/Lighting of his/her choosing up to $10,000. The deadline to sign up for this competition is October 27th, Monday COB.
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Mayor de Blasio announced a major investment in solar power at City schools, funding 24 installations as part of the administration’s new green buildings plan (One City, Built to Last), tripling the amount of solar currently planned on City-owned buildings, and marking another step forward as the City works to dramatically reduce its contributions to climate change. Click here to read the full announcement.
John Shea, CEO of DSF, received the award at a ceremony at the World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington D.C. on September 30th. The conference, in its 37th year, highlights outstanding work being done in the energy field.
As recognition of the great work being done in NYC schools by sustainability coordinators, various organizations have awarded their efforts. Vicki Sando was named a Trailblazing Teacher by the Center for Green Schools, one of only six teachers nationwide to be honored for her creativity in bringing sustainability education to the classroom. As part of the reward, Ms. Sando will receive tools to further support her mission of teaching sustainability to her students.
Daniel Steiner received the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality (BCEQ) “Keeping it Reel” Formal Environmental Educator Award, as nominated by his Principal, Charles Gallo. The BCEQ is a non-profit dedicated to leaving the Bronx with “better air, land, and water quality than we have at present.” As part of that goal the organization works with schools to educate students on the importance of environmental issues facing their community.
Nathaniel Wright, a teacher at Bronx Design and Construction Academy, was awarded the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recognizes “outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students.” Nathaniel was selected based on the work done with students including a green roof, lessons on food production and urban ecosystems, Urban Heat Island Effect and working with architectural students on sustainable building designs.
The NYC Department of Education is extremely proud of these three individuals and all the other sustainability coordinators working to bring green curriculum to the classroom!
After a year that saw tremendous growth for the city’s Sustainability Initiative, the annual Golden Apple Awards were given out to schools that showed exceptional results in recycling, reuse and clean up challenges. On hand to present the awards was DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and CEO of DSF John Shea. To read further about the great work being done in our schools, click here
Through the DOE's organic collection program the City has been collecting food waste in cafeterias and converting it into compost, rather than sending it to landfills. Once converted to compost it can be sold to landscapers, turned into natural gas or donated to parks across the five boroughs. Sustainability efforts by the DOE are changing the way we recycle and reuse in schools on a daily basis.
On November 20th John Shea, CEO of DSF, will be representing DOE on a panel discussion centered on small companies with great ideas that hope to gain the attention of large organizations. This discussion will give valuable insight and knowledge to small business operators and bring attention to the partnerships fostered between the public and private sectors. For more information please select the following link here.
On October 28th five DSF employees were honored by Deputy Chancellor Grimm to thank them for the great work they engage in on behalf of New York City schools and students. The honorees were Vincent Sisto (Custodial Engineer), Parmanand Ramphal (Bronx Borough Contract Manager), Lililya Shames (Deputy Director of Optimization), Meryl LaBella (Deputy Director of Procurement) and Harry Torkelsen (Borough Contract Manager). DSF is proud of all those recognized and thanks them for all their hard work and dedication.
To the DSF Team:
As the school year moves forward, I wanted to take a moment and thank each of you for the exemplary effort you gave to ensure that our schools were ready for our 1.1 million students this fall. The work DSF does behind the scenes is crucial in allowing students to reach their potential in the classroom. I believe that our team is better than ever at meeting the needs of a city as demanding and diverse as New York.
Since 2002, we have opened 654 new schools to better serve our students. Many of those buildings were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. As we approach the one year anniversary of Sandy, the ingenuity that was shown by our entire department exemplifies the best that public service has to offer. Never in the history of DSF had one event affected the entire organization so drastically. It was inspiring to watch this past year as DSF helped to rebuild our facilities.
Our Sustainability Initiative has been a trailblazer in City government. New partnerships and programs aimed at meeting the goals of PlaNYC have allowed DSF to push forward on the Mayor’s environmental vision. This year begins our partnership with DSNY to promote composting in 200 schools, with the goal of all schools composting within three years. We continue to work with the Parks Department to ensure that every New Yorker is within a ten minute walk of a park. These programs, along with others for energy conservation, ecology, and green curriculum, show the level of importance the City of New York places on making the city a greener place to work, live and attend school.
In the coming year we will continue our progress in improving the way facilities are managed, repaired and modernized. Through partnerships with both city agencies and private organizations, we will hold fast to sustainability goals set out in PlaNYC, allowing our schools to become a model for other major urban school districts.
It is only when we work together that our goals can be accomplished. I look forward to the challenges ahead knowing that we will face them as a team, and continue to support our children in getting the education they deserve.
John Shea, CEO Division of School Facilities
This report located here tells what parents, teachers, and
students said about learning conditions at the High School for Energy and Technology which is sponsored by the Division of School Facilities.
In this article published on the Facilitiesnet website, John Shea and other FMXcellence winners share how they made a big impact on a large portfolio. John specifically speaks about the use of the SchoolStat application which uses data-driven analysis to target problem areas in schools. To read the full article CLICK HERE.
Linda Green, JD, MPA, Chief Administrative Officer at the DSF has once again been asked to participate on the "Diverse Career Opportunities for Your Law Degree” Panel which will be held on Tuesday, July 23rd at 6pm at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
This event is part of the Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program, which provides legal internship opportunities and development programs for inner-city high school students interested in pursuing a career in law. More information about the program is available at: CLICK HERE.
DSF would like to congratulate Deputy Director of Facilities Joe Lazarus who has been named one of the six 2013 Sloan Public Service Award winners. As Deputy Director of Facilities for Community School District 3, Joseph Lazarus oversees 50 Manhattan public schools located in 30 different buildings to ensure that 4 million square feet of school space is safe, clean and warm for teachers and students.
For over 38 years, the Fund has recognized City employees at all ranks and levels of government through its Sloan Public Service Awards, widely regarded as the Nobel Prizes of City government. This program annually honors six outstanding civil servants whose work performance and commitment to the public transcend not merely the ordinary but the extraordinary, day after day and year after year. In honoring these winners, the Fund also acknowledges the contributions of the many thousands of dedicated public servants who, with integrity and devotion, perform the work that keeps this complex city running.
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I'd like to sing the praises of our Solar One educators and staff, whose work, dedication and considerable talent have made our Green Design Lab™ a stunning success. But don't take my word for it. The Wall Street Journal found the Green Design Lab™ so exciting they ran a feature article on it in the paper today. You can read the article as a PDF HERE.
In fact, the Journal gave us double coverage, with a wonderful online video of our one-of-a-kind program: WATCH IT HERE.
Last year we tested the Green Design Lab™, our in-depth environmental education program that shows students how to green their school, in 10 NYC public schools. It quickly caught fire and will be in 30 public schools this year.
These 30 schools will compete for $30,000 in prizes. The winners will be the top 3 to show the biggest reduction in electricity use (kW hours). Facing tough budget cuts, schools are taking our Energy Challenge very seriously.
Please read the Journal's report on our Green Design Lab™, I'm positive you'll find it informative and inspiring- we really appreciate the wonderful work that journalist Sophia Hollander did on this piece. And many, many thanks to everyone who has supported our effort to green schools, lower their energy bills and improve our students' STEM (science, technology, energy and math) skills.
The New York State Office of General Services (OGS), under the leadership of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, is pleased to provide this website for use by institutions and the general public. Its purpose is to offer facility managers, school administrators, educators, parents, and citizens a wealth of free information and tools to promote adoption of effective green cleaning practices, leading to healthier indoor environments
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Click here to see ten really great employee traits that any good employer should recognize and reward instantly.
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This article, click here, published by the New York Times in January of 1939, highlights the DOE’s construction of schools during the New Deal era. This expansion was the largest of its kind up to that point and showed NYC’s commitment to providing state of the art facilities to students throughout the five boroughs. It’s easy to see that many of the actions taken by DSF today mirror those from the city’s past.
April 1st marked the start of Earth Month and DSF is celebrating! All through the month of April, schools will be learning about environmental stewardship and protecting our earth. On Earth Day, The JFK Campus and Bronx Theater High School will be holding workshops in composting, planting, tree identification, wetland restoration, and solar lighting. Other schools will hold similar events on Earth Day to celebrate protecting and reusing earth’s resources.
There are also many things YOU can do to protect our planet! Try bringing a reusable mug for coffee and reusable bags to the grocery store. These little changes make a big difference in protecting earth’s resources. At home, make sure you turn off electronics when you’re done, print double sided on paper, and change your lightbulbs to energy saving compact fluorescents. Shopping in your local community, recycling, and composting your food scraps are amazing ways you can contribute to Earth Month.
To view full screen version of the Earth Month Poster,
Also check out our bulletin board on the 5th floor to find out more ways you can protect the planet!
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the IFMA Foundation are proud to announce the release of “Waste: A Comprehensive Guide to Waste Stream Management,” the latest free publication in the “Sustainability ‘How-to’ Guide Series” which provides facility managers with workable solutions to minimize waste.
“To recycle an old cliché, waste not, want not,” said Marina Badoian-Kriticos, sustainability director at IFMA. “The modern facility manager is under tremendous pressure to do more with less. One way to accomplish this is by managing the waste stream to reduce the amount of waste in the built environment. Waste flow management is one of the most profound examples of sustainable practices saving money, improving productivity and benefiting the triple bottom line for organizations around the world.”
Waste is defined loosely as the useless consumption or expenditure of resources. This not only encompasses the popular understanding of waste (in terms of energy and garbage), but wasted time and effort as well. Waste stream management is the process of tracking resources from the beginning to the end of their existence. Below is an excerpt from the executive summary of the guide:
This guide covers the use of resources from harvest through manufacture/production, transportation, use and disposal of materials. It discusses environmentally preferred purchasing programs, life cycle assessment and various disposal methods. It explains rapidly renewable resources, embedded energy, virtual water, package design, the effect of materials on indoor environmental quality, recycling, document destruction and landfills. It focuses on the four “Rs” — reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink — in managing resources and the waste products derived from them. Finally, the guide will show how managing resources throughout a product’s life cycle will save time and money.
Among the subjects covered in the free guide are:
• Best practices for conducting a waste audit
• A guide for environmentally preferred purchasing
• Best practices to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink
• Tips for making the business case for waste reduction
• Detailed case studies
The peer-reviewed guide was co-written by Bill Conley, IFMA Fellow, CFM, SFP, FMP, CFMJ, LEED AP and Sharon Jaye, D.Ed., SFP.
Bill Conley has more than 35 years of experience in facility management. He has managed facilities for VeriFone, Hewlett-Packard and SCAN Health Plan, and has served as managing director of the LEED®/Sustainability Development Group for Pacific Building Care (PBC). He is past president of the Orange County (U.S.) Chapter of IFMA as well as the Facility Management Consultants Council and has served on the IFMA board of directors. He is a director on the board of OC IFMA and is a member of IFMA’s sustainability committee. He currently practices as a facility management/sustainability consultant through his own company, CFM2.
Sharon Jaye is the director of sustainability at the New York City Department of Education Division of School Facilities. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Clayton State University, a master’s degree in project management from the University of Wisconsin Platteville and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Argosy University. She holds Sustainability Facility Professional accreditation through IFMA and currently serves on IFMA’s sustainability committee.
“Waste: A Comprehensive Guide to Waste Stream Management,” is available here online. free of charge. In total, 14 publications from the “Sustainability ‘How-to’ Guide Series” are available here online. The IFMA Foundation produced the guide in partnership with the IFMA Sustainability Committee.
Established in 1990 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, the IFMA Foundation works for the public good to promote educational opportunities and research for the advancement of facility management. The IFMA Foundation is supported by the generosity of the facility management community, including IFMA members, chapters, councils, corporate sponsors and private contributors who are united by the belief that education and research improve the facility management profession.
Three New York State Schools were named among the Second Annual U.S. Dept. of Education Green Ribbon Schools.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, together with White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe announced that three New York schools – Crompond School, PS 057 Hubert H. Humphrey School and Rye Country Day School – are among the 14 districts and 64 schools named 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. New York State is among 29 states and D.C. with schools receiving the second annual awards.
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools is a federal recognition program that launched in September 2011. Selected schools are honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.
Crompond School, Yorktown, NY lives up to its motto "Always Responsible, Never Excuses" with emphasis on individual responsibility and environmental consciousness including participation in the Ford Challenge to create a future car model that reduces the carbon footprint. PS 057 Hubert H. Humphrey School, Staten Island, NY provides students with project-based learning centered around environmental education including energy conservation, climate change, ecological restoration, composting, recycling and gardening. Rye Country Day School, Rye, NY provides a multi-faceted program focusing on energy and resource reduction, recycling, environmental activities, campus gardening, and community education.
"The Board of Regents and I congratulate the Crompond School, PS 057 Hubert H. Humphrey School and Rye Country Day School," said State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. "These three schools have demonstrated exemplary efforts to ensure a sustainable and 'green' school environment and the students, faculty and staff of each school deserve to be recognized for their work."
"Today’s honorees are modeling a comprehensive approach to being green," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "They are demonstrating ways schools can simultaneously cut costs; improve health, performance and equity; and provide an education geared toward the jobs of the future. In fact, the selected districts are saving millions of dollars as a result of their greening efforts. And the great thing is that the resources these honorees are using are available for free to all schools."
The 2013 Green Ribbon School honorees include 54 public schools and 10 private schools. In addition, 14 districts were honored for the first-ever District Sustainability Award. The public schools include seven charter, five magnet and four career and technical schools. The schools serve various grade levels, including 40 elementary, 23 middle and 19 high schools, with several schools having various K-12 configurations, from 29 states and the District of Columbia. Over half of the 2013 honorees serve a student body more than 40 percent of which is eligible for free and reduced price lunch. The list of all selected schools and districts, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 78 honorees can be found here.
"Preparing students for success in the 21st century economy begins in our schools. The schools and districts being honored today are modeling the best practices in reducing environmental impact and cutting costs, creating a healthier learning environment, and providing students with an education geared toward the jobs of the future," said Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley.
"EPA is proud to join the Department of Education in recognizing our nation's U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for their remarkable efforts to create healthier learning spaces and educate students on the importance of environmental protection," said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. "U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools are not only cutting costs thanks to energy-saving practices and use of more efficient technology, but they're also reducing instances of pollution-related illnesses like asthma, a leading cause of student absence. The students who attend these schools are better prepared than ever to become the next generation of environmental stewards and bring about a healthier, more sustainable future."
Click here to view the report.
To the DSF Team:
With spring right around the corner, I thought I would take the time to recap the past few months here at the Division of School Facilities. It’s been a very important and dynamic time for New York City, and the Department of Education in particular.
With a new city government come new goals that directly impact the jobs we do on a daily basis. It gives our team the chance to highlight the great work we do on behalf of the children throughout the five boroughs. One of my responsibilities is advocating for the needs of each individual within DSF, which allows you to reach the high standards set by our department. This is a task that I take seriously and will continue to do going forward.
This winter season has been particularly harsh on school buildings. It seems like every day brought another record setting temperature, snowstorm or a combination of the two. However, I never doubted for a moment that our buildings would be well maintained, accessible and ready for learning. That is a testament to the hard work done by all involved.
Recently launched was the latest version of our Sustainability Newsletter. We are now reaching more partners than ever before and constantly re-thinking the way the DOE approaches sustainability. Additionally, our Emergency Operations Center here at Vernon Boulevard is nearing completion. This will allow us to become more proactive in monitoring external events that could have potential impacts to buildings, giving us an added advantage when faced with emergency scenarios.
In the last few months we’ve also initiated a new on-boarding process, worked with various departments to test panic buttons in every school and are currently overseeing custodial Coastal Storm Training. All of these tasks are in addition to the day-to-day responsibilities that make up our mission.
I am looking forward to what the next few months will bring for the city and our department. As long as we continue to live up to our standards, I have no doubt that we will continue to thrive.
Many thanks for all that you do every day on behalf of the students in New York City.
John Shea, CEO Division of School Facilities
Click here to see how the Sustainability Initiative is working to build an eco-friendly school.
A doughnut shop worker decided to share his views on printing receipts by writing out a customized message on each slip of paper.
A Reddit writer known as “buckwheatwaffle” said he felt he was giving too many receipts that were simply a waste of paper.
So he included a little note for each customer — a quote from comedian Mitch Hedberg.
“'I bought a donut and they gave me a free receipt for the donut. I don't need a receipt for a donut,” the receipt reads.
“I give you money and you give me the donut, end of transaction. We don't need to bring ink and paper into this. I can't imagine a scenario that I would have to prove that I bought a donut.”
The worker believes printing a receipt for each doughnut is a waste of paper and energy. The worker — who claims to work for a Chicago store — later wrote that his boss even found humor in his quest to spread awareness.
BY Melanie Greenwood /
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS /
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:15 AM
On Monday, June 16th a kick-off celebration was held at Q650 - The High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture (HSCTEA) - to commemorate the installation of vacancy sensors. This year, through Solar One's Cleantech program, HSCTEA students had the opportunity to explore building performance and energy efficiency through a series of classroom activities and building audits. Two HSCTEA 11th grade Engineering students, Ashaki Gumbs and Scander Garcia, went a step further, taking the data from the building audits to write a report, which outlined how upgrades to school lighting could save energy and lower the school’s carbon footprint. Their report was submitted to the DOE Division of Facilities Sustainability Office. As a result, DSF funded a $95,000 vacancy sensors installation project in all classrooms and offices. The project was funded using revenue generated through DOE’s Demand Response Program, an initiative to curtail electric consumption during peak electric demand when utility grids are threatened by brownouts and blackouts. At Monday's event DSF technical staff and contractors discussed the project and its impact on the school community with HSCTEA Principal, Lakeisha Gordon, and Assistant Principal, Steven Wynn. Solar One’s Sarah Pidgeon presented Gumbs and Garcia with the Student Achievement Award for outstanding work in energy efficiency and sustainability. These dedicated students look forward to participating in future sustainability efforts at HSCTEA and continuing their education in engineering.
The New York Times highlights the DOE’s efforts to compost school food citywide. Since the start of the program, in 2012, the program has expanded dramatically and plans to reach all five boroughs this fall. Click here to read the article.
With the Holiday season fast approaching, I want to take a moment to reflect on our Division's past year; and what a year it has been!
We’ve had a lot of changes and events take place, from a historic transition of our Custodian Engineers, to a massive undertaking to test water in all our buildings, to a Presidential Election Day where many of our schools served as polling sites. Through it all, our staff has made sure that day in and day out our buildings are impeccably maintained, providing a clean, safe environment for all, especially for the children of NYC.
Because of the dedication from each and every one of you, DSF’s operation is a constant source of pride for myself and the DOE. During this festive time of year, I want to personally say Thank You to the entire staff and your families. I am grateful for all the hard work that is done on a daily basis and appreciate it more than you may know.
Please carve out some well-earned time this Holiday season to celebrate and enjoy your family and friends. From my family to yours – HAPPY HOLIDAYS!