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  • Green Development Zone

     

    Energy sustainability is exemplified in PUSH Buffalo's Green Development Zone

    PUSH Green brings homeowners weatherization services that ultimately make homes warmer and utility bills down. And while we’re proud of this work that brings comfort to individuals on a micro basis, PUSH Green is part of a much bigger story and has greater aspirations.

    Net-zero housing is when your house and the tools connected to it produce 100% of the energy required to heat and power your home without any help from the electric and gas utility companies. That’s right – some initial investments can leave those with a completely outfitted house, without a utility bill.

    PUSH Buffalo has spent the last couple of years working on multiple houses and lots all around the West Side of Buffalo, creating affordable and sustainable housing in the community for the community.

    Projects like these are all part of what is known as the Green Development Zone (GDZ). The GDZ is a 25-block square radius on the West Side extending from Richmond Avenue to Niagara Street, all along Massachusetts Avenue. The GDZ is a shining example of what the green economy can accomplish and describes how energy efficiency and energy democracy is changing the way a community can access power and how it empowers.

    PUSH Green’s mission is to bring this proven benefit of energy retrofitted homes to communities beyond the Green Development Zone. We’re providing people with free energy audits which can help determine where there might be gaps in the home that allow heat to escape. We help identify where walls lack insulation. We’re trained to see what’s missing.

    We invite you to come to the beautiful West Side and take a Green Development Zone tour where the details of our work will be shared and there will be time for any questions you might have. There are a few GDZ tours coming up in the winter months for you to check out living, breathing examples of energy efficiency, and sustainable and affordable housing:

    December 2nd, 2015
    December 18th, 2015
    January 20th, 2016
    February 17th, 2016

    Afterward, should you want to know about how to get your house energy efficient to model what’s being done on the West Side? You know who you can call.

    (Us.)

    For more information about the GDZ tours or to RSVP, please contact Julia White at Juliawhite@pushbuffalo.org. There is also more information at GDZ website.


  • Shared Solar Win!

     

    Solar energy has been on the rise for a while and it is becoming a major way to save money on the electricity you use in your household.

    What solar does is becoming increasingly understood, there is one huge pitfall to the way the structure is around solar energy – it only benefits homeowners whose homes qualify for a solar panel.

    So who’s getting left behind?

    · Homeowners whose roofs do not face the correct direction
    · People who rent

    In a city like Buffalo, there are a high number of people who, by this virtue, are being left out of the energy savings of solar power. Here at PUSH Buffalo, it is our mission to identify when this is the case and bring the power to the people. Literally.

    Community organizers and PUSH personnel has been working on a state-wide initiative to bring shared solar to our state. While details are still being hashed out, there has been some progress in shared solar which will allow for all those being left out of the solar game a chance to participate. There are ideas for a subscription model that would allow for an agency to own a solar panel and allow community members a chance to subscribe to the panel for energy credits. There is a co-operative model that would allow a group of homeowners to put their resources in a pot and benefit from a single panel.

    For more information, you can call PUSH Buffalo or check the website for more information regarding the solar work as part of the Energy Democracy campaign. www.pushbuffalo.org

    Solar panel is the wave of the future – we’re working hard to ensure that it’ll be there for all.

     


  • C&R Housing with PUSH Green Training Opportunity

     

  • Energiewende In-Depth

    In December, we recapped our executive director's (Aaron Bartley) trip to Germany and how the country is approaching energy efficiency, or "energiewende," for all its citizens. 

    While Aaron did a great job in highlighting key points to his trip, we think it's worthwhile for you to see his in-depth conversation with the Sierra Club and WNY Peace Center. Carve out some time to watch Aaron talk about his experiences in Germany!

  • A Very Green Business

    Here at PUSH Green, we spend a lot of time getting homes for families energy efficient and saving them money. But did you know we do the same for commercial customers as well?

    We believe that the business owner deserves to save money on their utilities and keep their business or non-profit energy efficient. 

    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 (GJGNY).

    You'll have to give us a call to schedule a one-on-one with our commercial energy advocate, Sheila, at 716-886-1780 and she can tell you all about getting a free energy audit, too!

    In the meantime there are things you can do to your building to start saving some money. It makes a difference in the long run!

    Computers

    • Consider buying a laptop for your next computer upgrade. They use less energy than desktop computers.

     

    Doors

    • Install door bottoms, threshold, or door “shoes” to seal gaps beneath exterior doors.

     

    Lighting

    • Save on your lighting maintenance costs by investing in ENERGY STAR-qualified LED lights. ENERGY STAR-qualified LEDs last 35 to 50 times longer than incandescent lighting and 2 to 5 times longer than fluorescent lighting. They also come with a minimum three-year warranty and will even help reduce your cooling costs since they produce very little heat.

     

    Water Heaters

    • Buy an ENERGY STAR-qualified water heater. In areas of infrequent use, consider tankless water heaters to reduce standby storage costs and waste.

     

    Want more tips to reduce your utility bills at your business or non-profit? You can find them here on the NYSERDAwebsite. 

     

    Go Green. Why not?

  • Germany teaches PUSH about energy

     

    Energy Transition, or "Energiewende," in Germany

    Energiewende, or Energy Transition, is the process that has put Germany at the lead globally in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Last month, PUSH Executive Director, Aaron Bartley, traveled to Germany to learn more from these global leaders in energy.

    We asked Aaron to recall his trip for us and here’s what he had to say, in his own words.

    1. It is possible for small communities to build electric generation and heat systems that are community owned, off-the-grid, 100% renewable, and cheaper than utilities. In Feldheim, we met with a community member who described partnerships with a wind entrepreneur to build dozes of turbines at the edge of town. He also partnered with other contractors to build micro-grids to fain independence from the utilities and install central heat systems for the whole town.

    2. The transition to renewables relies on our ability to build a social movement rooted in Energy Democracy. In Germany, this moment came out of a crisis: the Chernobyl disaster. The entire society was affected deeply by the fear of nuclear clouds overhead. That led to social movements and mass consciousness about energy. This was important both to build the political support needed for policies and so that citizens felt connected enough to the problem and solution that they themselves wanted to play a role by investing in solar and wind.

    3. The transition doesn’t come cheap. Germans pay a tax to support the transition. This makes it unpopular in some areas, but the public generally supports the energiewende because of their consciousness about climate change.  

    4. Clear and transparent standards are important. Practically everyone in the country knows the goals for renewable energy production and carbon reduction for 2020 and 2040.

    Co-sponsored by the research institute EcoLogic and the German government, Aaron and nine others drawn from the world of think tanks, policy advocacy, and philanthropy also attended the tri-city tour of Berlin, Hamburg, and Feldheim.

    This trip is particularly exciting for those of us at PUSH Buffalo and PUSH Green. We believe in giving people as much autonomy in their consumption of energy, an idea encapsulated by the Energy Democracy work we’re actively engaged in. That’s why we’re taking our necessary steps with our weatherization and energy efficiency work – to keep less dollars in your pocket, not in corporations.

    While we work on this, want to get started in your own way? Call us for a free energy assessment and we’ll figure out where we can help make your home warmer and your wallet fuller.

    In solidarity,

    PUSH Green

     

    Feldheim, Germany - 100% of renewable energy produced locally

     

     

  • Giving Thanks at PUSH Green

    Happy Thanksgiving! 

    It’s that time of year when people take some time to reflect on what they’re thankful for. Good health, good company, and good food is a central focus of thankfulness because of what we surrounded by this week.

    Here at PUSH Green, we’re thankful for quite a few other things. So we sat down as a team and discussed what we’re thankful for in our work and our daily lives here at PUSH Buffalo.

    · Creating Green Jobs. We can’t express our gratitude for the good fortune to create green jobs in our neighborhoods for the members of our communities. Through our training programs, our contractors, and by way of in-house staff, we’re keeping people working for a more sustainable green economy while earning a living wage. Our Workforce Development team enjoys working directly with the community and giving them access to training – ultimately, seeing the results of a job well done first.

    · Helping People Know the Process. Our Energy Advocates do a lot of the necessary paperwork for our Energy Efficiency home and business owners. It’s not in our nature to leave anyone alone with paperwork that might seem overwhelming and confusing.

    · Keeping People Warm. The end result is what we’re really after. After the initial meeting, the audit, and the contactor’s work is done, we look forward to hear from the people working or living where the energy efficiency work was done. We like knowing you’re warmer and more comfortable, without outrageous utility bills! We keep track of when winter’s coming so that we can best help you!

    Of course with every passing year and gaining a larger contingent of supporters, we’re constantly finding new ways to be thankful for this life we’ve developed at PUSH Green. But the basic principles of what we do keep us motivated and thankful all year round!

    It’s easy to see why we’re thankful for our work in energy efficiency. We’re just here to help!

    And we’ll be honest. We all said we’re thankful for the day off to enjoy with our loved ones. And pie. The promise of pie is always something to look forward to.

    What are you thankful for?

  • My Business Made Better - Tomasik Optical Case Study

     

    Mike Tomasik is getting his retrofit this fall. For a sneak peak of the work he'll have done, check out this case study........................................................       


  • Sean Ryan & PUSH team up for Energy Efficiency

    BUFFALO – On Saturday, July 20, 2013, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan and People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo) will host a community forum regarding the PUSH Green Energy Efficiency Program. PUSH Green is a community-based, energy efficiency program created by PUSH Buffalo and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), that is part of a statewide effort to make homes more comfortable and efficient, make communities more sustainable, reduce energy burdens, and create local jobs. PUSH Green helps Erie County homeowners of any income save money on their energy bills, while working to reduce our county’s carbon footprint and expand local economic opportunities in the green energy industry.

                                                                                                                                                                                               

    Attendees will be able to sign-up for a free comprehensive home energy assessment. A comprehensive home energy assessment is the only way to get a full and detailed report of all energy upgrade needs. The assessment also provides important health and safety checks, like carbon monoxide back drafting and mold detection. The assessment will help to determine what energy efficient upgrades are needed, and will qualify future energy upgrade work for cash rebates from the State. The assessment is free for homes with a household income of $132,200 or less. Attendees will be able to meet with a PUSH Green Community Energy Advocate and learn how to make their homes more energy efficient. Lower utility bills and a safer, more comfortable home are two of the big benefits to getting an energy upgrade. On average, 30 percent of the money we spend heating and cooling our homes is wasted.

    Assemblyman Sean Ryan said: “The free home energy assessment will help people to identify necessary upgrades, and the PUSH Green program will provide information on ways homeowners can pay for these upgrades. I thank PUSH Buffalo for partnering with New York State to create this great program that will help to improve homes in Erie County and create greener communities.”

    Kate Howard, PUSH Green Program Manager said: "Anyone who is interested in saving money on their utility bills, learning about energy efficiency or how to weatherize their home should attend this event on June 20th to hear what PUSH Green is doing. We're thrilled to team up with Assemblyman Sean Ryan to spread the word about how to make our neighborhoods stronger."

    For more information, please visit www.pushgreenwny.org

    WHAT: Assemblyman Sean Ryan's PUSH Green Community Forum

    DATE: Saturday, July 20, 2013
    TIME: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    LOCATION: D’Youville College
    Madonna Hall
    320 Porter Avenue
    Buffalo, NY 14201

  • 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!

  • PUSH Green Partner Looking for 2 workers

     

     

    PUSH Green's partner in the Friends and Neighbors program and the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, Ivy Lea Construction, is looking to fill 2 immediate job openings in the energy efficiency and weatherization field. PUSH is stepping up to help them out. If you have some work experience in the building trades, care about environmental justice, and want to help people across Erie County save money on their utility bills, call PUSH Green today -- 716-886-1780!! Ask for Johnnie (johnnie@pushbuffalo.org) or Clarke (clarke@pushbuffalo.org).

     


    Energy Auditor

    Minimum 1 year experience. Must have good organizational skills. Must have good computer skills. Be able to impute date into Treat system and also EmPcalc is a plus. Basic understanding of energy audits. Be able to perform a energy audit. Must have a professional attitude with a clean and neat appearance. Must be able to pass a drug test, clean neat appearance. Must live in the Buffalo/Niagara Area. Must have a drivers license. Pay $ 12.00 - $14.00 per hr. depending on experience. Full benefits including health care, vacation time, sick time, retirement plan, and life insurance. Must be able to show up 5 minutes early each morning with your shoes tied.

    Insulation Installer

    Minimum 1 year experience. Must have basic knowledge of home construction and insulation practices. Should be well versed in running a blower door, air sealing, install weather stripping. Experience with some roofing work and siding a plus. Must live in the Buffalo/Niagara Area. Must have a driver's license. Pay $ 10.00 - $14.00 per hr. depending on experience. Full benefits including health care, vacation time, sick time, retirement plan, and life insurance. Must be able to show up 5 minutes early each morning with your shoes tied.

  • 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
    workers.

    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 alex@pushbuffalo.org or call Alex at 886-1780

  • 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 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.