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  • Green Building Retrofit Program Info Session


    Today at 4PM PUSH Buffalo, PUSH Green and the Buffalo Neighborhood Stabilization Company (BNSC), are excited to announce the launch of a Green Building Retrofit program for small businesses and non-profit organizations in communities across Erie, Chautauqua, and Niagara counties.

    This new program was created with the help of New York State Empire State Development (ESD). “The mission of Empire State Development is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, Empire State Development strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State” says the EDC.

    PUSH Green is PUSH Buffalo’s energy efficiency division, and this program enhances PUSH Green’s ability to provide Western New York with progressive energy efficiency options. In addition to serving as a trusted program source for homeowners, PUSH Green now has the ability to help small business owners and non-profits through the new Green Building Retrofit Program. Qualifying customers receive: a free comprehensive energy audit, access to low-interest financing, including On Bill Recovery,which allows customers to pay back work on their utility bill, and a 50% grant subsidy for energy efficiency related improvements such as roof work, foundation repair, moisture management, or the removal of lead, asbestos, and mold.

    “I am thrilled that PUSH Buffalo is continuing to lead the way in improving energy efficiency in Western New York. The PUSH Greeninitiative, funded through NYSERDA, is an exciting program that is a win-win for both business owners and not-for-profits. This program will mean lower costs to small businesses and a better future for the environment, something all Western New Yorkers will benefit from. New York State should continue to fund vital programs like the PUSH Green initiative" says NYS Assemblyman Sean Ryan.

    The Buffalo Neighborhood Stabilization Corporation (BNSC), PUSH’s building development organization is a partner in this new program. “The BNSC was started to be a non-profit, development corporation with the specific mission of creating green, affordable housing and redeveloping vacant land in our community. This new program corroborates well with our mission. Small businesses and not-for-profits are not only the backbone of this community, they are the backbone of America” said Jen Kaminsky of the BNSC.

    We will gather at Room 418 inside Cleveland Hall (# 37 on map below) @ Buffalo State College – 1300 Elmwood Avenue on March 27, 2013 at 4PM.

    Please RSVP to Kate Howard – Program Manager PUSH Green 716.886.1780

    WHAT: Green Building Retrofit Program Info Session with PUSH Buffalo, PUSH Green, and the BNSC
    WHEN: Today Wednesday March 27, 2013 @ 4PM
    WHERE: Room 418 inside Cleveland Hall @ Buffalo State College – 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY 14222. Parking is free; use Lot W (see map below).


  • How Green Works for Me: Meet Lin


    What many in the community do not know is that PUSH Buffalo is now a certified organization through NYSERDA for new money, and energy saving programs available to a host of New York State residents.

    PUSH Green is a manifestation of these past few years of sustainability advocacy on our part.

    PUSH Green is the energy efficiency (EE) arm of PUSH Buffalo. We've been given initiative from State officials to actively engage in (and lead in) the energy efficiency reform process. This reform process includes expanding EE to different areas of Western New York.

    Lin (or Ba Zan Lin) is a Community Energy Advocate with PUSH Green. His job is to go out into various communities within Western New York and get them involved with PUSH Green EE programs.

    Lin and his family are originally from Burma, and various members of his family have immigrated to the United States over the past 15 years. Coming from a tropical environment to a cold one here helped Lin value the concept of EE. EE is important to him because “growing up with my mom sick….we had a tough time keeping up with the bills”.

    PUSH Green “focuses on organizing around EE work in Western New York” says Lin. Through PUSH Green programs like the Friends & Neighbors Program “neighbors get together to share stories, self-interest, and share values” he says. States Lin “When we bundle 5 or more people you get more people to save money on their dollars, and you build community”.

    Lin is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, who’s bringing new, fresh, and young energy to the Buffalo area. He’s doing important work, he’s your Community Energy Advocate, and he wants to see you! To find out more about the Friends & Neighbors or other PUSH Green programs, and how they can help you contact us at 716.886.1780.

     #staygreen and #LIVEBetter friends!

  • WBEN 930AM's "Hammertime with Domenic Cortese" Welcomes Back PUSH Green

    PUSH Green friends, did you know that our awesome PUSH Green Community Energy Advocate, Alex Kuttesch, PUSH Green Program Manager, Kate Howard, and PUSH Green Friends and Neighbor participant (and Kenmore homeowner), Ryan McCarthy, were on "Hamertime with Domenic Cortese" Saturday? 

    Well, if you didn't, now you know.


    In case you missed the show, you can listen to the radio segment here!

    #staygreen and #LIVEBetter friends!

    Domenic Cortese is the President of Cortese Brothers Construction Company in Depew, New York, specializing in residential renovations, additions, kitchens, and baths as well as handyman services. The business, founded by Domenic’s dad and uncle in 1951, recently celebrated its 60th year in business. Cortese Brothers completed $2.75 million dollars in residential renovation projects last year.

    Read more about Domenic, here.

  • Showing Kenmore our deep appreciation and thanks



    On Monday, Sept. 24, the PUSH Green team joined Kenmore homeowners, local Home Performance contractors and community leaders Mayor Patrick Mang and Delaware District Council Member Mike LoCurto, at the Brounshidle Post (American Legion Post 205) on Delaware Avenue to share program experiences and to celebrate the steps Kenmore has made in improving their community through energy efficiency.

    Village of Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang spoke about the value PUSH Green brings to Kenmore and about how the program provides homeowners with a unique opportunity to save money and invest in their homes.

    "As people invest in their homes, their investing in their communities,” said Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang. “This is a great program for the Village of Kenmore (and for me as well) to be a part of and it’s all thanks to PUSH Green.”

    Mayor Mang also shared his experience as a member of PUSH Green’s Friends and Neighbors Program and what he learned about his home after his free comprehensive home energy assessment was completed.

    Village homeowner and PUSH Green Captains Mary Jane and Denis Uminski told their PUSH Green story, which, for them, began when they read about the program in late February’s KenTon Bee.

    “My husband and I made a promise that we would never be cold in our home,” stated Mary Jane Uminski. “Even though we kept our thermostat on a comfortable 70 degrees, there were days when we - well, mostly me - would come home and jack that sucker right on up to 77 degrees. I had to, it was that cold outside.”

    They praised their new relationship with Rachelle Moses, PUSH Green community energy advocate, and the great comfort they now feel in their newly insulated, warmer home.

    “I always felt like there was something wrong with my house, but I could never quite figure out what it was,” continued Uminski. “PUSH Green helped me understand exactly what was going on. I completely trust them because they not only believe in and are advocates for this program, but because they are truly here to help us homeowners out."

    Denis and Mary Jane even enrolled their daughter, a new Kenmore homeowner, into the program. She was recently approved for $10,000 worth of energy efficiency work through the program’s On-Bill Recovery financing system!

    I would like to take this time to thank everyone who attended our event on Monday. We’re excited to continue bringing energy efficiency to Erie County,  and will be expanding our outreach efforts to Tonawanda and North Buffalo in the coming weeks. We know our PUSH Green Captains and endorsers will continue to promote the benefits of PUSH Green and for that we are extremely grateful.

    But that’s not all...

    Monday night, was also the official launch of our new PUSH Green Customer Referral Program.

    By following these three easy steps, you can now take advantage of a really cool incentive while helping us continue to spread the PUSH Green word.

    1. Work with your Energy Advocate to send letters to your friends about PUSH Green and our Friends and Neighbors Program.

    2. Start referring your friends. You ONLY HAVE 30 DAYS to spread the PUSH Green word.

    3. Get a $25 Home Depot gift card or $25 donation in your name to a worker fund that eases the transition from training to employment for every person who signs a contract in the Friends and Neighbors Program (up to four individuals) OR get a $100 Home Depot gift card or $100 donation in your name to a worker fund for referring a bundle.

    Really easy right? Well, then hurry up and start telling your friends; we only have a limited number of supplies left.

    #staygreenfriends #LIVEBetter

    To check out more photos from Monday night's Kenmore Customer Appreciation event visit our Facebook page...just don't forget to show us some green 'Like' love as well.

  • New PUSH Green t-shirts


    Happy Green #HumpDay friends. Looks like our fabulous #greenteam is getting ready to roll out their new t-shirt design. What do you think? Do you like the new design? Are you all ready to #GetEnergyEfficient?

    We sure hope so!

    #Staygreen friends!

  • 200 likes on Facebook

    A huge THANKS to everyone who helped us reach 200 "likes" on Facebook! We ♥ you all! #happygreenfriday #livebetter #staygreen


  • Why I Walk the High Road - Episode 1 - Meet Cyd Cox

    Meet Cyd Cox, owner of EcoLogic Home and PUSH Green High Road Friends and Neighbors Contractor.

    Learn all about Cyd and her involvement in the PUSH Green program in the premiere episode of our "Why I Walk the High Road" web series.

    Don't forget to visit us online for more information about our green-tastic program. #staygreenfriends #happyfriday

  • Fun Fact Monday: #LowerURUsage Buffalo

    Good afternoon Green fam! Did you know that 30 percent of the energy used in most buildings is used inefficiently or unnecessarily? #LowerURUsage with PUSH Green and Green Jobs - Green New York. Visit us online to learn how today! #happymondayfolks


  • Erie County Fair meets Erie County's energy efficiency program, PUSH Green


    Are you and friends gearing up for the Erie County Fair? 'Cause we sure are! Join us, Aug. 8-19 as we spread the #green word at this year's "wild" fair.

    Our awesome Green Team will be sharing a table with Gary Carrel, Energy $mart Communities Coordinator, in the 4H building.

    The fun starts in two days. Hope to see y'all on Wednesday at 5 p.m.: