While the idea of sustainability managers might not immediately conjure up suspense or allure like Superman or Catwoman, they are heroes in their own right. They are the ones finding new ways to save their communities from climate change, cutting costs to operate their businesses, and spurring new focus on sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Ask them anything about energy and they’ll have an answer or find a way to learn it. From lighting technology ROIs, space conditioning retrofits, or motivating change from a team of employees or group of government agencies; they are going that extra mile, and just like superheroes; they are making a big impact for everyday people.
Each year, Greenbiz puts out its 30-under-30 list of inspiring young professionals who are recognized for making a lasting difference in their communities by sparking long-term conversations on energy resource management and planning at their organizations. Like everyday superheroes, they take on major challenges that have positive impact and keep our communities safe. Two professionals on the list also represent their organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge: Chris Castro, Community Energy Advisor, City of Orlando, Florida and Angelica Ciranni, Assistant Vice President, Sustainability Analyst; PNC Financial Services.
Chris Castro, Community Energy Manager and Advisor, City of Orlando, Florida
The city of Orlando joined the Better Buildings Challenge in 2014 and has committed $17.5 million towards energy efficiency upgrades in 56 municipal facilities, including lighting upgrades, HVAC renovations, building automation and controls, and other cost-effective energy conservation measures. By day, Chris Castro is found in City Hall beefing up building efficiency standards and managing energy data and by night you can find him hitting the pavement, walking buildings, and looking for energy savings. His efforts are helping transform the conversation on climate in Florida, and already the city is reporting 13 percent energy savings, with upgrades featured at two public buildings serving the community: Dover Shores Community Center and Fire Station 5.
Angelica Ciranni, Assistant Vice President, Sustainability Analyst, PNC Financial Services; Pittsburgh
PNC Financial Services’ building portfolio spans both retail bank branches and corporate offices. That equals over 26 million feet made up of 3,200 locations in 15 states. Angelica, among other things, has been leading PNC efforts to reduce energy usage by 6 percent compared to 2009 through its $20 million lighting retrofit program and other innovative efforts. She has also taken the plunge into deep retrofit efforts such as those at PNC Bank Branch: Davie Blvd. & Andrews, a near zero energy bank branch. Through sustainability efforts like these, PNC has been recognized this year by national media for efficient building design, with special attention paid to its corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA which opened in the fall of 2015. Read more in the Beat Blog on the new headquarters opening and efficiency touches made to maximize energy performance while also meeting the needs of modern workers, Hello to PNC’s new headquarters: one of the greenest (and more efficient) office towers in the world!.