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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 kate@pushbuffalo.org

    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).

     

  • Contest Winners & 2nd Round Begins

    We can’t thank everyone who participated in this contest enough. PUSH Green is an important part of bringing Buffalo and Western New York into the new age of energy efficiency reform. Without your support we are nothing, we’re all in this together.

    Tell a friend, tell a friend of a friend – The Share the Savings Contest Round 2 begins! Share the Savings was such a SUCCESS that we are extending it into a second round! Anyone who was not a winner in the first round can build off of their previous number of referrals and will be in the running, along with any new participants who want to join. Round 2 of Share the Savings will go through May 1, 2013. We will announce the winner in mid-May. The top prize for this round will be a gift certificate to the Lexington Co-op. 

     

    This round will run exactly like round 1 see here for info. The link to the online referral form is here.

    A special thanks goes out to the Buffalo Chop House, the Allen St Hardware Cafe, the Lexington Co-op, and Black Rock Kitchen & Bar. Once again we thank each and every one of you for your participation.

    And, remember it’s cold outside, share the savings.


    1st round top winners

    Maureen Bartley -- 50 new referrals
    Aminah Johnson -- 45 new referrals
    Anna Kaplan -- 40 new referrals
    Sara Gordon -- 24 new referrals

    1st round honorable mentions

    Rebecca Ballard
    Carole Bellenca
    Frank & Lorraine Gaik
    Gretchen Gonzalez
    Gail & Phillip Gottlieb
    David Herzberg
    George Johnson
    Mary Beth Karr
    Jen Kaminsky
    Bob Ludwig
    Jamie Perry
    Lydia Langer
    Suzanne Montalalou
    Evan Bussiere
    Anna Falicov
    LonnieBarlow
    Lou Dejesus
    Tamar Rothaus
    Aaron Bartley
    Chris Ollinick
    TamaraHorstman-Riphahn
    Mary Beth Karr
    Bob Cook
    Arlene Kaukus
    Alana Weeks
    Holly Baum
    Darlene Grey
    Terry Richard
    Chris Schaffer
    Greg Horn
    Justin & Lily Booth
    Bart Roberts
    Cynthia Workman
    Rod McCallum
    Jessie Ratner
    Carrie Marcotte
    Jen Mecozzi

     

    #ShareTheSavings

  • Free Low-Income Weatherization Update, MLK Day of Service

     

    We made an announcement not too long ago about funding available for a pilot program to weatherize more than 80 low-income homes in Buffalo, for free. The outreach work has been going pretty well – according to Lou DeJesus, and Clarke Gocker of PUSH Buffalo/PUSH Green (PG). They also want to tell us about the tag team effort between PUSH, and the WNYSC – or the Western New York Service Collaborative (local Americorps) that will be coming up this MLK holiday – this Monday January 22, 2013.

    “We’ve been knocking door to door, and we’ve been able to set up quite a few low-income families with free weatherization for the entire home” says Lou DeJesus a worker who is involved in the outreach work. “It’s going quite well considering going door to door in the cold” she jokes. The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), Empower NY, and the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) have come together to help make this funding available. “So this is really the first time that this is happening in a comprehensive way in a low – income community, and PUSH Buffalo with our partner New Buffalo Impact made it happen” says Gocker.

     

    Americorps chapters all over the country have National Days of Service. The WNYSC will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by partnering with PUSH Buffalo in the community. They have gathered some volunteers to assist in the canvassing and outreach of this program in, and near the Green Development Zone in Buffalo. Volunteers will meet at 460 Massachusetts Avenue in Buffalo (at 11am, Mon. Jan 22nd, 2013). This location will serve as a headquarters, information, and warming center for the day. From here volunteers will deploy in teams to canvass the neighborhood letting people know, and signing people up for the program. There will be refreshments, coffee, and doughnuts served throughout the day.

    The Day of Service will begin at 11am, and last until roughly 3pm on Monday January 22, 2013. The meeting place is 460 Massachusetts Avenue (in the heart of the Green Development Zone) in Buffalo NY. For more information about this pilot program or any other PG program please call 716.886.1780, or stop by on Monday.

    #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!