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  • How Green Works For Me: Meet Alex

     

    So proving that PUSH Green (PG) is a family thing, meaning that we are a team of individuals working towards the same goal, but with different perspectives, we caught up with Community Energy Advocate Alex Kuttesch. Alex gave us a few minutes of his time to discuss why the work that we do is worthwhile.

    Like Lin, his job is to connect with Western New Yorkers and get them involved with PG. For those who don't know Buffalo, and Western New York has some of the coldest winters on record. Home weatherization, and energy efficiency (EE) are a must. "We are doing a good thing, a pretty progressive thing for Western New York, and you know we need it, we need the work that we're doing" says Alex.

    In Alex's opinion community outreach on the West side of Buffalo differs from that in other parts of Erie County in that programing metrics plays a large role. So, for example there is a new WAP funded program being implemented by PUSH Buffalo and PG. It was designed to help people who are HEAP eligible (more on this in a later post). This program would make sense for a demographic such as the West side, a primarily lower income neighborhood. On the other hand, On Bill Recovery, or On Bill Financing "is a way to pay for your home upgrade where your utility bill is attached to your loan payment. You (the home owner) pay for your (energy) upgrade with the savings that you keep. When they (the home owner) see how much they save, and they see how much they spend on it" they know that the program works for them says Alex. And, this program, because of funding guidelines, would make sense for homeowners who are not HEAP eligible.

    Based on demographics not all pocketbooks are created equal, and so the EE solution isn't easy. That doesn't mean we shouldn't try though.

    Alex is a Western New York native who fittingly graduated from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry which is located in Syracuse NY. He's young, bright, at home, and committed to changing the game - the EE game that is. And, he wants to meet you!

    To learn more about how Push Green can work for you give Alex and the gang a call today @ 716.886.1780.

    #staygreen and #LIVEBetter friends!

  • Free Energy Audits & Other Stuff

     

    "Many hands make light work", so goes that old proverb. In the case of the PUSH Green Friends & Neighbors Program...."Many neighbors make affordable energy efficiency upgrades". Among many other services we conduct free energy audits. Call 716.886.1780 today to find out if you, and your neighbors qualify for savings in energy efficiency upgrades to your homes!

    #staygreen and #LIVEBetter friends!

  • Friends and Neighbors for Sustainability

     

    For those who missed the piece on our Friends and Neighbors program on Buffalo Rising here is a link to the post.

  • Acumen Insulation & Coatings Takes On Spray Foam Business

  • 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!

  • PG partners with KVIS

    Last Monday night November 19, PUSH Green (PG) made it official. This is when we publicly announced our partnership with the Kenmore Village Improvement Society (KVIS).

    Community residents in the Village of Kenmore NY are in the beginnings of a new block club creation initiative.
    By bringing neighbors together around neighborhood issues, the village hopes to build a better sense of community. To PG, and the KVIS building a better community means building a better Western New York.

    PG staffers joined with new Kenmore Village block club representatives to discuss how energy efficiency works to build a better community. If you live in the village and you're interested in learning how PUSH Green can help you build a better Western New York, give us a call today.....716.886.1780    

    #staygreen and #LIVEBetter friends!

     

  • The PUSH Green Friends & Neighbors Program & Marc Hunt

    On Friday, October 19, the PUSH Green staff were joined by friends, neighbors, homeowners, contractors, workers, and community leaders. City of Buffalo Delaware District Council member Mike LoCurto, Erie County Legislator Lynn Marinelli, and Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana were also on hand. We gathered at the home of PUSH Green "Friends and Neighbors" participant Marc Hunt. We came on the last day of Marc’s energy efficiency installation, to hear from everyone who participated in the process, and learn about the experience.

    Our new partner, Delaware District Council member LoCurto, announced his excitement to have PUSH Green in his district. “Far too often, middle class families fall through the cracks when it comes to finding programs to help them with ever-increasing energy costs,” said Council member Michael LoCurto. “PUSH Green helps to fill that gap, and stays to help homeowners every step of the way. I am so pleased that we will be able to have them work with my constituents in North Buffalo“.

    Homeowner Marc Hunt had insulation put in to his attic and walls. “I knew my home wasn’t insulated, and when I was on the second floor, I could feel the cold air from the attic. It’s only been a day but already I think I can tell a difference,” he reported. As a member of the Friends and Neighbors bundle, Marc received additional discounts off the total cost of his work, and turned to his PUSH Green Community Energy Advocate, Alex Kuttesch, when he needed support through the process.

    Hunt will be paying back his work through NY State’s On Bill Recovery, which lets him make convenient payments right through his utility bill. “It really is so easy", he said. PUSH Green was able to explain all parts of the program and help him create a work plan that was right for him.

    The contractors who do energy efficiency work within PUSH Green are accredited by the Building Performance Institute, and use a "whole house" perspective to evaluate your home’s efficiencies. “Why wait until you have an emergency such as a broken furnace, and address issues piece-by-piece?” asked PUSH Green Friends and Neighbors Contractor Brian Paterson of New Buffalo Impact. By examining how every part of your home works together, the Friends and Neighbors contractors create plans that are the healthiest, and most cost-effective for your home.

    Finally, PUSH Green Friends and Neighbors contractors do right by their workers and the community. They agree to pay family sustaining wages with benefits, and hire local workers. On Friday, we heard from Ken Robinson, who had recently been hired by New Buffalo Impact, thanks to the collective work of the PUSH Green team. He has gone from“kitchens to crawlspaces” and couldn’t be happier about his new transition. Robinson has received dozens of hours of training and is excited to have a new career in which he helps WNY become a leader in energy efficiency.

    PUSH Green is so excited to expand our program to the rest of the Town of Tonawanda, and North Buffalo. We know that great stories, like those of Marc Hunt and Ken Robinson, will continue to multiply. For more information go to www.pushgreenwny.org or call (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.

    And...

    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.

  • Why you should become a #COGBlocker

    Uh-oh...looks like our PUSH Green team has an arch nemesis on the rise. And his name? Gene Vashing. Mr. Vashing is a proud, overly compensated representative for Coal, Oil and Gas America (COG America). His mission in life? To stop #COGBlockers, like us and our PUSH Green team, who believe in working to improve our communities through energy efficiency. 

    Vashing believes that people should not be getting paid to weatherize (or upgrade) your homes. After all, "If we are trying to convene with nature, why fight to keep weather out?"

    Looks like Mr. Vashing is working pretty hard to NOT save you or your friends and neighbors any money on your energy bills! 

    It's Gene Vashing vs. the #COGBlockers!

    Whose side are you on?

    #staygreen #livebetterbuffalo

  • Community energy advocates 'plant' some lawn signs


    We just love this photo of Energy Advocate Rachelle getting ready to deliver our PUSH Green "Friends and Neighbors" lawn signs to our green-riffic members! 

    #happymondayfriends 

    (Keep warm and dry Rachelle!)


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