Reprinted with permission from PUSH Green.
About PUSH Green:
Over the last three years, PUSH Buffalo has diligently worked with NYSERDA, the Center for Working Families and dozens of other stakeholders to design the Green Jobs – Green New York (GJGNY) Blueprint [PDF] and legislation.
GJGNY provides New Yorkers with access to energy audits, installation services and low-cost financing. GJGNY will deliver these services in targeted communities with the support of constituency based organizations, like PUSH Buffalo, who will recruit residential, small businesses, non-profits, and multifamily building owners into energy assessment and financing programs.
PUSH Buffalo’s community-based energy efficiency initiative, PUSH Green, will implement the GJGNY program in Erie County. To help the State reach their energy efficiency goals, PUSH Green will work as an independent outreach contractor for NYSERDA to create living-wage jobs for Erie County homeowners while helping them to reduce their energy bills.
Last Thursday evening, January 17, the upper block of Highland Avenue began the journey through the PUSH Green retrofitting energy efficiency process. The block group organized a casual gathering of neighbors at the Crane Branch Library with one of PUSH Green’s Community Energy Advocates, Alex Kuttesch. I was and am one of the participating neighbors.