PUSH Green NY is a community-based energy efficiency program created by People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo to help residents, small businesses and non-profits get affordable efficiency upgrades and to create green jobs. PUSH NY bundles residents’ purchasing power to negotiate with contractors for discounts on their services and commitments to hire local workers at living wages.
The program’s Community Energy Advocates go block-by-block to enlist residents who are primarily lower-income and people of color in the Friends and Neighbors Program. Once five or more homeowners who live close together agree to get energy assessments and upgrades from a single contractor, they are eilgible for the negotiated discounts. The more neighbors who come together, the bigger the discount. PUSH NY also connects residents with on-bill financing made available through Green Jobs-Green New York, a program administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).