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  • Green & Healthy Homes Program

    Interested in getting a new high energy efficiency furnace, a hot water tank installed, and attic insulation installed? Need basement rim joist insulation installed? You might want to check into the PUSH Green & Healthy Homes program.

    PUSH Green + Healthy Homes is PUSH Green's FREE weatherization program for eligible homeowners in the city of Buffalo. To find out more call 716.886.1780 and talk to one of Community Energy Advocates!

  • Small Business & Non-Profit program UPDATE

    The Green Building Retrofit Program is up and running. Small businesses and non-profits located in economically distressed communities across Western New York have historically lacked access to the benefits of energy efficiency assessments and building improvements. Small businesses and non-profit organizations often operate out of older buildings that are victims of commercial district disinvestment, deferred building maintenance, and the legacy costs of environmental contamination. These building related challenges increase the costs of doing business for small commercial firms and non-profit agencies.

    This Incentive Grant program aims to leverage energy efficiency related investments to drive economic development priorities, including local job creation, within distressed communities. Funding will be available to qualified small commercial and non-profit businesses for purposes of making eligible capital improvements that prepare the building for installation of comprehensive energy efficiency retrofit measures through NYSERDA’s Green Jobs-Green NY program.

    Small business owners and operators of non-profits Sheila will be your guide through this process. Below is a sample of how the process works.

    You can contact her at sheila.pushbuffalo@gmail.com or call our office at 716.884.0356

  • How Green Works For Me: Meet Sheila

     

    She’s originally from Steel Town – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Meet Sheila Richards–Perez, she's the newest member of the PUSH Green team and is working specifically in our Green Building Retrofit Program. This program targets small businesses and non-profits to implement energy efficient upgrades and capital improvements to their buildings. When asked about the importance of the new Green Building Retrofit Program, this is what she had to say; “the building stock (of Buffalo) is of an age where you need to make interventions and if you don’t keep up with those interventions things can get out of control.” This retrofit part of the program is a perfect opportunity to invest in building improvements.

    Sheila’s work with PUSH Green is a great use of her time. As a registered architect, “I feel that with my qualifications I can help people better understand their buildings. I’m looking to be a liaison between the knowledge of what it may mean to take care of a building and what they (the owner) already know about their building” she says.

     

    She has an undergraduate degree in Architectural Studies and a Masters in Architecture. Sheila appreciates the historical heritage of Buffalo but recognizes the importance of building upgrades to maintain buildings properly. Her Name is Sheila, a Rust Belt native, who knows what we’re facing in Buffalo and she wants to meet you!

    PS: Small businesses/non-profits get started today. Here's a link to the info form.

  • How Green Works For Me: Meet Rachelle

     

    She’s busy making relationships, she’s busy on the phones, she’s busy making appointments, she busy visiting people at their homes – she’s busy going about the business of energy efficiency, she is Rachelle Moses.

    On a typical day at the office Rachelle is talking with people who know that this is Buffalo NY and that it does get cold outside. She is a Community Energy Advocate with PUSH Green (PG) and her job is similar to that of Alex’s, and Lin’s (who by the way has left us to take another position, we wish him well) – that is she helps people who are looking to make their home warmer, or more energy efficient.

    She has lived in the Queen City all of her life. She is a product of the golden age of the city’s school system and has seen the city go through its ups and downs. “We help meet another need with the Green Jobs Green NY program, which could help decrease unemployment. People need decent wages and family sustaining wages” she says.

     

    Rachelle is passionate about her work. I could just tell by listening to her on the phone helping a Buffalo area resident get into the PG energy and money saving program the Friends and Neighbor’s Program one afternoon. I asked her one final simple question “Rachelle why do you come to work every day”, “The opportunity to help others” is what she replied.

    She is a lifelong Buffalo resident committed to the area, she is an energy efficiency professional, she is hard working, she’s Rachelle Moses your Community Energy Advocate, and she wants to meet you! 

  • 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

  • How Green Works For Me: Meet Johnnie

     

    Who’s Johnnie you said? We’ll if you’re talking about Johnnie Fenderson – of PUSH Green (PG), then he’s your Workforce Development Organizer.

    Johnnie grew up in Mobile Alabama, this state’s 3rd largest city. Growing up there, Johnnie wasn’t a stranger to hard work, and the plight of the regular working American. Mobile has sizable fishing, shipping, docking, steel working, and ship making industries. He moved to Buffalo in 2003 where some members of his family migrated to previous years earlier.

    Johnnie who spent some time in the US Army (working with the MP, or the Military Police) said that the army prepared him for his current role. “You have to have leadership qualities in the military to become a leader, and you have to have leadership qualities in organizing, you have to be organized”. In his last few years in service, he served as a Community Police NCOIC. In this capacity he worked hands on with social, and crime prevention programs within the community he was stationed at. This included supervising a group of youth doing neighborhood patrols, and being the first line of contact for soldiers who were struggling financially. “It was fun, I got run and gun, and interact with kids, …………….but most importantly, I got to build leadership qualities, and look for leadership qualities in other people” he says.

    What many may know up to this point is that PG is involved in Energy Efficiency, or EE. What may be new information to some folks is that PG works to create living wage working opportunities for people in the neighborhood (Western New York). This is where the majority of Johnnie’s focus is when he’s doing his job. He works to recruit potential weatherization workers into LIUNA Local 161 (Laborer’s International Union of North America). Through this union Johnnie works to find opportunities for local workers on EE projects. “My focus is to connect people to placement opportunities to get them up to speed, and get them trained” he said.

    As PG outreach people like Alex, Lin, and Rachelle (you’ll meet her in our next post) do their jobs – creating money saving EE opportunities for local home owners/renters, people like Johnnie work hard on the back end to make available more local living wage working opportunities for Western New Yorkers who desperately need them.

    He loves working with his hands, with people, and creating living wage job opportunities for an area that needs it. He’s Johnnie Fenderson, he’s your Workforce Development Organizer, and he wants to meet you!

    #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.

  • 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!