PUSH Green 'exchanges' some fun with home performances contractors

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.

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