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  • What is the REV? And why should you care?

    What is the REV? Here's the punchline: 

    REV is short for Reforming the Energy Vision, an ambitious process that began in 2014, formed to fight climate change by moving New York State away from fossil fuels and towards renewable, sustainable, affordable and efficient ways of generating power, like wind and solar. The Public Service Commission (PSC) is the state body who has the authority to ensure that our power and energy producing utilities comply with regulations and policies that will achieve our climate goals, while giving New Yorkers of all income levels access to renewables like shared solar. 

    It is more important than ever for all of us who are committed to fighting climate change to come together and influence the REV so that it prioritizes people and planet over profits. For more information and ways to get involved, visit the New York Public Interest Research Group's website here

    The PSC is always reaching out for input from the community on issues relating to energy and power production. The most recent calendar of public hearings can be found here. Make sure your voice is heard!

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    Call To Action! NO Gas Rate Hike!

    National Fuel Gas Co. recently announced that they will be seeking to increase our utility bills by nearly 8%, while too many of us are already struggling to afford rent and other necessities. Our rents keep rising because of gentrification, and we're already stuck paying more to heat homes that are old, drafty and inefficient with energy. Based on average rents in Buffalo today, a couple both working full time at minimum wage can expect to spend almost half of income on rent - now we're being asked to put more of our money into repairing and expanding the pipelines! CEO Ronald Tanski makes $6.7 million last year, over $3200 an hour, he can certainly afford to put some of National Fuel's profits into maintaining and improving the pipelines. Mr Tanski apparently wants to take the profit and put the responsibility back onto the ratepayers - that ain't right!

    Yesterday, concerned community members gathered at the Amherst Municipal Building for a public hearing with National Fuel to say "No rate hike!" For more photos of the hearing click here. To learn more about this fight and get involved, contact PUSH Community Organizers Brenda or John at (716) 884-0356 and visit our website for updates and ways you can help!

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    What do Just Transitions Look Like?

    Jason Kulaszewski on Just Transitions

    John Washington on Just Transitions

    What do Just Transitions look like? PUSH Green Program Manager Jason Kulaszewski and Community Organizer John Washington break it down, addressing the connections between segregation, mass incarceration, green jobs, renewable energy and sustainable housing.

     

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!


  • Hurricane Sandy, The State of New York State 2013, and EE

    She was so seductive, so beautiful, but yet so deadly at the same time. She came in, got what she wanted, but ended up destroying the apartment in the process. She crept in for a one night stand that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. Her name was Sandy, and may we never forget it.

    So Hurricane Sandy has come and gone. Or, at least the hurricane is gone, but she ransacked our homes, and our communities. It’s almost like she went through our pockets, and stole all our TVs and appliances while we were asleep. When we awoke our stuff was gone, our pockets were rabbit ears, and we had no cash to live off of.

    New York State governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address (SOS) has roared through, and dissipated – like Hurricane Sandy. But, understandably being drowned out by all of that loud noise there is one thing to consider – sustainable democracy.

    A big storm hits, and housing is destroyed on a mass scale. A huge grid is knocked out, thousands (if not millions) of people lose their utility service at the same time. The never ending story of two communities begins again. One community (the one with the more expensive housing) gets services restored in a timely manner, while the other is still waiting. Service isn’t restored for many for months afterward, and worse still these same people go without proper shelter for this same amount of time. These are the types of things that can happen when regular folks are completely left out of the decision making process.

    We have an opportunity here albeit out of a natural tragedy to build energy efficient, and a smart green sustainable development infrastructure that works well for all members of our community. Good things are happening. Take for example PUSH Buffalo and PUSH Green’s (PUSH Buffalo’s energy efficiency arm) recent announcement that funding has been secured to weatherize more than 80 homes in lower income parts of Buffalo. PUSH Green also has money, and energy saving programs available for people with incomes both above, and below HEAP eligibility.

    The State has been working with community based groups statewide in a few different capacities to lay the foundation for this work. People know what they need where they live, and they know they need access to power to better direct what happens in their local communities. This won’t happen unless we get the powers that be to see the big picture. The big picture includes eliminating the political absurdity and gamesmanship being played out over disaster relief, and sustainability efforts.

    #staygreen and #LIVEBetter friends!