Grassroots Education to Focus on Free Home and Business Energy Audits, Low-Cost Financing for Energy Efficiency Improvements, Training Opportunities
October 06, 2011
NEW YORK CITY – The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has selected four Constituency-Based Organizations (CBO) and coalitions across the five boroughs to conduct grassroots outreach to encourage energy efficiency improvements and participation in training opportunities for clean energy jobs.
The awards announced today represent almost $850,000 of funding for CBOs in New York City through Green Jobs-Green New York (GJGNY), a program created by the New York State Legislature to increase the number of energy efficiency improvements in the state while creating clean energy jobs.
- CBOs were selected through a competitive process. The CBOs serving New York City that received contracts are:
- Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, which will provide workforce recruitment outreach in the Bronx.
- Civic Association Serving Harlem, which will provide energy efficiency outreach in Harlem.
- Make the Road New York, which will provide energy efficiency and workforce recruitment outreach in Brooklyn and Staten Island.
Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica Inc, which will provide energy efficiency outreach in Queens.
The CBOs will work at a grassroots level to educate the public about free and reduced-cost “whole house” comprehensive energy assessments for residents, free energy audits for buildings used by small businesses and not-for-profit organizations, low-cost financing for energy efficiency improvements and participation in clean energy training opportunities.
While program benefits are available statewide, these CBOs will reach out to homeowners, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and multifamily building owners in their boroughs. They will also work closely with local training organizations to help unemployed and disadvantaged workers start on a path to new careers right in their communities.
“We are excited about working with these new constituency-based partners to expand our outreach and training efforts under Green Jobs - Green New York,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “This localized approach will help NYSERDA reach people that we may not have reached otherwise. We believe this will have a great impact in getting people to make their homes and businesses more energy-efficient.”
NYSERDA received 13 proposals from CBOs for this funding. In addition to the four awards made in New York City, one award was made in the Finger Lakes region.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.
Last Updated: 01/17/2014