Energy sustainability is exemplified in PUSH Buffalo's Green Development Zone
PUSH Green brings homeowners weatherization services that ultimately make homes warmer and utility bills down. And while we’re proud of this work that brings comfort to individuals on a micro basis, PUSH Green is part of a much bigger story and has greater aspirations.
Net-zero housing is when your house and the tools connected to it produce 100% of the energy required to heat and power your home without any help from the electric and gas utility companies. That’s right – some initial investments can leave those with a completely outfitted house, without a utility bill.
PUSH Buffalo has spent the last couple of years working on multiple houses and lots all around the West Side of Buffalo, creating affordable and sustainable housing in the community for the community.
Projects like these are all part of what is known as the Green Development Zone (GDZ). The GDZ is a 25-block square radius on the West Side extending from Richmond Avenue to Niagara Street, all along Massachusetts Avenue. The GDZ is a shining example of what the green economy can accomplish and describes how energy efficiency and energy democracy is changing the way a community can access power and how it empowers.
PUSH Green’s mission is to bring this proven benefit of energy retrofitted homes to communities beyond the Green Development Zone. We’re providing people with free energy audits which can help determine where there might be gaps in the home that allow heat to escape. We help identify where walls lack insulation. We’re trained to see what’s missing.
We invite you to come to the beautiful West Side and take a Green Development Zone tour where the details of our work will be shared and there will be time for any questions you might have. There are a few GDZ tours coming up in the winter months for you to check out living, breathing examples of energy efficiency, and sustainable and affordable housing:
December 2nd, 2015
December 18th, 2015
January 20th, 2016
February 17th, 2016
Afterward, should you want to know about how to get your house energy efficient to model what’s being done on the West Side? You know who you can call.
For more information about the GDZ tours or to RSVP, please contact Julia White at Juliawhite@pushbuffalo.org. There is also more information at GDZ website.