Everything listed under: Friends and Neighbors Program

  • Elmwood Village Freinds & Neighbors Open House

    PUSH Buffalo is bringing its community-based energy efficiency program to the Elmwood Village and
    beyond. Homeowners can work with PUSH to make their homes more comfortable and their bills more
    affordable, while helping build a sustainable economy that values family-sustaining wages and local

    You can join with your friends and neighbors to deepen the impact we make on our economy and
    environment, while creating bigger discounts for your home’s improvements.

    Folks in your neighborhood have already gotten started.

    On Monday May 13, three homes on Highland Avenue are having energy efficient upgrades installed in
    their home. Stop by 72 Highland Ave anytime from 11:30am to 12:30pm or from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. You’ll be
    able to see the homes getting upgrades and meet Alex Kuttesch, the Community Energy Advocate who
    worked with the block club members to get six homes ready for energy efficiency.

    He’ll be talking with neighborhood homeowners about the importance of energy efficiency for their
    homes, community, and environment, and giving you the tools you need to get started!

    Questions: Email or call Alex at 886-1780

  • 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 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.


    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.

  • 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! 


    (Keep warm and dry Rachelle!)

  • Tahara family host fourth PUSH Green House Meeting



    On Thursday, September 20, PUSH Green Captains Wayne and Mary Ann Tahara hosted our program’s fourth House Meeting. Members and leaders of their community gathered at All Saints Church in Black Rock to learn all about PUSH Green and our growing Friends and Neighbors Program.

    Everyone in attendance was excited to learn exactly how PUSH Green can directly benefit their community and the organizations they that serve.

    Representatives from organizations such as The Good Neighbor Planning Alliance, Rediscover Riverside, The Episcopal Church, and North District Common Council Member Joseph Golombek Jr., were all in attendance to learn how they can help (and join) our growing PUSH Green program.

    By the end of the meeting, it was clear to Kate (PUSH Green program manager) and I, that everyone at Thursday’s House Meeting was extremely invested and interested in bettering the community – especially in Buffalo’s historic Black Rock.

    It was also obvious that PUSH Green could really help these organizations in achieving their goals of neighborhood stability (and sustainability) and economic prosperity. Mercy, from Rediscover Riverside, even invited us to present at the organization’s next Members Meeting on October 10.

    Thanks for a great meeting with such fun, influential people, Wayne!

    #staygreen #LIVEBetter

  • Meet our latest Green Captains

    Friends, let’s take a moment to welcome Frank and Sue to the PUSH Green family.

    BTW: We heard from a well placed source that your PUSH Green House Meeting went really, really well.

    Isn’t that such green-rific news?!

    Welcome to the family. #happyfridayfolks #LIVEBetter

  • 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.

  • Meet our new PUSH Green Captains

    Get over your mid-week "hump" and take a moment to meet our new PUSH Green Captains, Wayne and Mary Ann. Welcome to the PUSH Green family! #happygreenhumpday


  • First energy upgrade in our Friends and Neighbors program has begun

    We're super excited to announce that our first, Friends and Neighbors program, energy efficiency retrofit is underway. 

    (Photo caption: Troy Gilchrist, PUSH Green Friends and Neighbors lead contractor, poses with Ryan McCarthy, Kenmore homeowner, before the start of his new energy upgrade.)

  • PUSH Green 'exchanges' some fun with home performances contractors



    On Wednesday, Aug. 22, PUSH Green High Road Contractors, a member of the Laborers International Union of North America’s Local 161, a new residential weatherization initiative, and PUSH Green staff came together at Allen Street Hardware to reflect on the amazing work that’s been happening in the Village of Kenmore.

    Since the middle of June, PUSH Green has assigned five Friends and Neighbors bundles, totaling approximately 45 individual Home Performance with ENERGY STAR jobs, to contractors in the program. As a direct result, two full-time family sustaining jobs have been created for local residents.

    One new hire, Carol Anne, recently made the move into a position as a certified Building Analyst with EcoLogic Home, a small, woman-owned company based in the City of Buffalo. Anne’s new position at EcoLogic has allowed her to re-enter work after a period of unemployment caused by economic turmoil in the automotive industry.

    For Kenneth, a new LiUNA Local 161 member and entry-level weatherization technician at New Buffalo Impact, a career-track job in the industry offers him an alternative to several years spent toiling in low-wage temporary work.

    By building off of these early returns, PUSH Green, our contractors, and our trainees, together can raise the bar for the entire Home Performance industry in Western New York. But, make no mistake, we’ve definitely got our work cut out for us, which helps explain why we invited everyone out on a beautiful, late summer evening to share stories and best practices from the field, and to engage in conversation about the daily challenges and opportunities we’re confronting in our work.

    Throughout the evening, contractors spoke about their experiences in the green field. A few even opened up and talked about the professional connections that they have made with one another as mentors, trainers, students, project leads, sub-contractors, and referral partners.

    Each connection is grounded in values PUSH Green promotes - a common purpose, mutual accountability, and deep respect for the power of building science to transform our homes and communities for the better.

    Contractors clearly play a critical role in the success of the program, so knowing that we’re all committed to a set of shared values will enable us to work together to find solutions to issues encountered in the field.
    As we look toward the Fall, PUSH Green plans to close out the first round of project assignments and get to work identifying additional community leaders who can recruit residents in their neighborhoods to participate in the Friends and Neighbors program. Events like the one on Wednesday night help to remind us that when it comes to improving our communities through energy efficiency, we’re definitely all in this together!   

    Check out more photos from Wednesday’s awesome Contractor Exchange Event here.

  • 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

  • Yes! Magazine speaks with Kate Howard, PUSH Green program manager

    YES! Magazine dropped by yesterday to take a tour of People United for Sustainable Housing's Green Development Zone. But, before they headed home, they stopped by our green office to speak with our Program Manager, Kate Howard, about program implementation and our new Friends and Neighbors Aggregation Program.

    Learn more about the Friends and Neighbors Program by visiting us online. Cheers to a great, green Thursday  friends and awesome job yesterday Kate!

    To view more of the photos from Yes! Magazine's Green Development Zone tour, follow us on #Instagram - our handle name is PUSHBuffalo

  • Jan Clear hosts PUSH Green's third house meeting

    On Friday, July 20, PUSH Green Captain Jan Clear sat down with a few of her friends and neighbors to hold her very own #greenhousemeeting. The meeting, which took place at Clear's Kenmore home was accompanied by a tight knit group of homeowners all looking forward to learning more about the PUSH Green program.

    During Clear's house meeting, attendees not only learned about Erie County's new energy efficiency program; they also learned how the program can help them save money and transform their community.

    After everyone arrived and caught up with Clear's family, Jan and PUSH Green Energy Advocate Alex Kuttesch officially called the meeting to order. Clear and Kuttesch began by going over the PUSH Green process and program benefits.

    As Clear's guests began to "loosen up," they began to talk about the current state of the economy and how the PUSH Green program could help address these issues.

    After a quick break, Alex began to talk to group members about our awesome Friends and Neighbors program - a program that offers more discounts and could allow Clear's guests to get their energy upgrades together.

    Guests of Clear's house meeting left feeling reassured. They left knowing that our staff would be there every step of the way, providing them with the necessary guidance to get their homes upgraded with extreme ease and care.

    At the end of the presentation, interested homeowners immediately signed up for their free comprehensive home energy assessment.

    Thanks Jan and cheers to a great house meeting!

  • PUSH Green captain Jan Clear spreading the green love


    Check out these photos of Jan Clear, PUSH Green Captain, and Alex Kuttesch, PUSH Green Energy Advocate, hand delivering Clear's house meeting invites. Way to go you two!