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  • How Green Works For Me: Meet Jason

     

    Meet Jason Kulaszewski (pronounced “cool-la-sheaz-ski”) he’s a Western New York native and one of our new Community Energy Advocates. Jason who hails from Depew NY which is right outside of Buffalo moved into the city (on the West Side) 10 years ago. He is a homeowner of about 3 years now.

    Jason likes the momentum that’s happening in the region particularly in the city “I was really drawn to Buffalo once I moved down here because I’m a musician, an artist in that sense. People seem to be more open minded about progressive type of thinking” says Jason.

    PUSH Green was a natural fit for his philosophy on life. “It gives me an opportunity to work with people in the community a little bit more. The purpose of the (PUSH Green) program is to help homeowners save money on their energy bills, and to make Western New York more energy efficient and sustainable. This is something I wanted to do since college. Working here is pretty much a dream job right now” he exclaims.

     

    Welcome to the team Jason we’re glad to have you!

    He graduated from Buffalo State College with a degree in Urban Analysis and Regional Planning, says “ I love Buffalo because it’s my home”, and he’s happy to be working for PUSH Green. His name is Jason he’s your Community Energy Advocate and he wants to meet you.

     

  • 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!

  • 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!