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  • Why we’re hosting an Ambassador Event on May 15th

    We've traveled to Albany more times than we can count to advocate for legislation that helps to promote energy efficiency. With help from our partners across the state, that legislation – Green Jobs Green New York – became a reality in 2009.

    Since then, we've knocked on hundreds of doors.

    We've tabled at community events and presented at churches and neighborhood association groups.

    And we've convened over a dozen energy efficiency contractors in our community to form our program.

    We’re in year three and we’re looking to expand. We started out in Erie County and now we’re looking to connect with home and small business owners in Niagara and Cattaraugus Counties too.

    So we’re having an ambassador event to kick things off.

    In 2008, Erie County Homeowners with income at or below 80% of the annual median income paid $267,516,827 more than they could afford for their energy bills." 

    The above is a statement from the 2011 LIFE Energy Affordability Gap report. Energy bills continue to rise and our beautiful housing stock continues to age – the need for energy efficiency in our region will only increase from here.

    In the past, we've partnered with trusted allies like NYS Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Village of Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang and Buffalo Common Council Member Michael J. LoCurto to help us get the word out about our program. We're so grateful for these partnership and know this is only the beginning.

    Why are we having an ambassador’s event on May 15, 5:30 PM at Coco Bistro & Bar?

    Because our friends and neighbors continue to deal with rising energy costs.

    Because we need jobs in our community and we believe they can be created through the weatherization sector.

    Do you have a friend or neighbor who endured this harsh winter without proper insulation or a proper furnace in their home?

    Want to help drive real job creation in our community?

    If so, the ambassador event is for you.

    Join us! 

  • PUSH Green releases 2012 - 2013 progress report to mark two year anniversary

    It’s hard to believe that PUSH Green is two years old. Our six person team has been hard at work recruiting home and business owners, contractors and job seekers to participate in energy efficiency programs that benefit our community. 

    Over the last two years, we’ve assisted over 472 homeowners get a comprehensive energy audit on their home. Over 132 of those homeowners went on to have energy saving upgrades performed on their home like getting new insulation blown into their walls or having a high energy efficiency furnace installed. Our region has some of the oldest housing stock in the nation – much of which was built before insulation was the norm. It’s a great feeling to take back some control over your energy bills!

    In 2013, our program was extended to small businesses and nonprofits organizations. In just under a year, we’ve helped 38 such owners get audits on their buildings.  Check Sheila out with the owner of C&R Housing who just signed up for a retrofit on his building.  We love this work! Being able to connect homeowners and business owners in our community to energy efficiency services that helps them

    1. Save on their energy bills
    2. Creates local jobs
    3. Reduces our regions carbon footprint

    Is a no brainer!

    Check out the full two year journey by downloading our progress report and call our team at 716-886-1780 for info on our program!

  • C & R Housing, Inc Join's our Small Biz Retrofit Program

     

    We are so excited! C & R Housing, Inc. - a small business right on the city's East Side - just joined our Green Building Retrofit Program today! Moments like these are exactly why we do this work - connecting local business to #energysaving upgrades. Thanks #pushgreen team!

  • Text HIGH BILLS

     Now finding out about energy efficiency options is as easy as a simple text message!

    Text HIGH BILLS for energy efficiency!!!!

     #TextHighBills

     

     

     

  • BIG Savings for Small Business Online Referral Form

    BIG SAVINGS 4 SMALL BUSINESS - Online Referral Form for our new weatherization rehab program for small businesses & non-profits - sign up today!

    Are you or do you know a business owner, or an operator of a non-profit in WNY who could benefit from lower energy bills and a more comfortable building? If you do this program could be what they've been looking for!

     

  • Big Savings for Small Business Contest Begins!

    PUSH Buffalo is excited to announce Big Savings for Small Business, new referral program and competition hosted by PUSH Green!

    PUSH Green’s Building Retrofit Program, a newly formed program of PUSH Buffalo, has been created to help not-for-profits and small businesses with 10 or less employees.

    -Receive a free Green Jobs/Green NY comprehensive energy assessment.

    -Access low interest financing, including On Bill Recovery which allows customers to pay for energy efficiency improvements using the energy savings they realize after eligible measures are installed.

    -Receive up to 50% grant subsidy for qualified energy efficiency retrofit readiness improvements, such as repair or replacement of roofs, foundation repair, moisture management systems, and/or remediation of environment hazards such as lead, asbestos, and mold.


    We need your help in spreading the word about the Green Building Retrofit Program. You can help in (2) simple ways:

    1. Improve your own building – If you own a small business or represent a non-profit, call today to schedule an appointment for a free energy assessment to see what improvements could help you save on your utility bills. Call 716.881.1780 or visit WWW.PUSHGREENWNY.ORG to get started!

    2. Help Others Save by Greening Their Buildings – Share the names of businesses or not-for-profits you know in Western New York who might benefit from energy efficiency improvements by clicking here by November 15, 2013. You can fill it out as many times as you want and, the more people you refer, the better your chance to win! We ask that you let them know that a representative of PUSH Buffalo will be touch.

    We’ll be tallying up the referrals and announcing the winners the first week of November

    Prizes for those who refer the largest number of small businesses and not-for-profits interested in learning about PUSH Green include Buffalo Bills Caps by New Era and more!

    Let’s work to green our community while creating quality jobs through Big Savings for Small Business!

  • PUSH Green Reaches Milestone

     

    People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), a local organization fighting for affordable housing, held a press conference on Sept. 26th, 2013 at noon at 237 Main Street to announce the victories of its new energy efficiency program.

    Green collar workers, participating contractors and representatives from PUSH Green will were on-hand to share their stories and take questions.

    “Rebuilding Buffalo takes downtown development, but it also takes neighborhood development,” said Clarke Gocker, Director of Workforce Initiatives at PUSH Buffalo. “You see the cranes down here every day, but our city also needs a housing stock that is energy efficient and affordable for families. Green Jobs-Green NY is a grassroots economic development driver for our region. The program gives homeowners and small private businesses the opportunity to participate directly in Western New York’s economic turnaround.”

    The energy efficiency program, PUSH Green, is a local initiative created under the Green Jobs Green New York (GJGNY) legislation  that was designed to reduce the state’s carbon footprint and create green jobs.

    Since launching in 2012, PUSH Green has connected more than 300 Erie County homeowners to free energy assessments and helped more than 100 homeowners get energy efficiency retrofits with cost effective upgrades such as attic insulation, air sealing, high efficiency furnaces and boilers, and Energy Star appliances.

    "Making our homes more energy efficient means strengthening our local economy and investing in our neighborhoods for future generations. I am excited to help bring these benefits to Buffalo and the Delaware District in particular. In North Buffalo alone, over 100 homes have been approved for free energy assessments through PUSH Green, with half of those already completed. Furthermore, the program provides good jobs that pay a living wage to hard-working people in our community and I believe that through unique programs and partnerships like PUSH Green, we can work together to make a stronger, more sustainable Buffalo" says Buffalo City Councilman Michael LoCurto.

    PUSH Green’s Friends and Neighbors initiative is a partnership with NYSERDA-accredited contractors who have signed on to additional community benefit and hiring agreements—including paying family-sustaining wages and hiring local workers from under-represented communities. Thanks to partnership with these socially responsible contractors, PUSH Green’s workforce development efforts have created 20 full-time green jobs.

    “As heating season starts up, interested homeowners should call PUSH Green and speak with one of our certified Energy Advocates,” said Kate Howard, PUSH Green Program Manager. “Working with contractors and government programs can be intimidating, but PUSH Green Energy Advocates are here to be an independent expert ally for homeowners, and can help navigate the energy efficiency upgrade process.”

    PUSH Green Energy Advocates work one-on-one with homeowners to identify which energy efficiency program is the best fit. More than 90 percent of New Yorkers qualify for a free comprehensive energy assessment, and many will also qualify for subsidies, incentives, and low-interest financing, including On Bill Recovery, which provides an easy way for homeowners to repay their improvements – right on their energy bill.

     

  • PUSH Green Press Conference: Thurs Sept. 26

  • My Business Made Better - Tomasik Optical Case Study

     

    Mike Tomasik is getting his retrofit this fall. For a sneak peak of the work he'll have done, check out this case study........................................................       


  • Sean Ryan & PUSH team up for Energy Efficiency

    BUFFALO – On Saturday, July 20, 2013, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan and People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo) will host a community forum regarding the PUSH Green Energy Efficiency Program. PUSH Green is a community-based, energy efficiency program created by PUSH Buffalo and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), that is part of a statewide effort to make homes more comfortable and efficient, make communities more sustainable, reduce energy burdens, and create local jobs. PUSH Green helps Erie County homeowners of any income save money on their energy bills, while working to reduce our county’s carbon footprint and expand local economic opportunities in the green energy industry.

                                                                                                                                                                                               

    Attendees will be able to sign-up for a free comprehensive home energy assessment. A comprehensive home energy assessment is the only way to get a full and detailed report of all energy upgrade needs. The assessment also provides important health and safety checks, like carbon monoxide back drafting and mold detection. The assessment will help to determine what energy efficient upgrades are needed, and will qualify future energy upgrade work for cash rebates from the State. The assessment is free for homes with a household income of $132,200 or less. Attendees will be able to meet with a PUSH Green Community Energy Advocate and learn how to make their homes more energy efficient. Lower utility bills and a safer, more comfortable home are two of the big benefits to getting an energy upgrade. On average, 30 percent of the money we spend heating and cooling our homes is wasted.

    Assemblyman Sean Ryan said: “The free home energy assessment will help people to identify necessary upgrades, and the PUSH Green program will provide information on ways homeowners can pay for these upgrades. I thank PUSH Buffalo for partnering with New York State to create this great program that will help to improve homes in Erie County and create greener communities.”

    Kate Howard, PUSH Green Program Manager said: "Anyone who is interested in saving money on their utility bills, learning about energy efficiency or how to weatherize their home should attend this event on June 20th to hear what PUSH Green is doing. We're thrilled to team up with Assemblyman Sean Ryan to spread the word about how to make our neighborhoods stronger."

    For more information, please visit www.pushgreenwny.org

    WHAT: Assemblyman Sean Ryan's PUSH Green Community Forum

    DATE: Saturday, July 20, 2013
    TIME: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    LOCATION: D’Youville College
    Madonna Hall
    320 Porter Avenue
    Buffalo, NY 14201

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