The awards announced today represent $5.15 million of the $6 million allocated for constituency-based outreach through Green Jobs-Green New York (GJGNY), a program created by the New York State Legislature to significantly increase the number of energy efficiency improvements in the state while creating green jobs.
To address gaps in regional coverage from this first set of awards, NYSERDA plans to issue a second competitive solicitation for the remaining funds in June.
The CBOs will work at a grassroots level to educate the public about and spur requests for free and reduced-cost "whole house" energy assessments, audits for buildings used by small businesses and not-for-profit organizations, low-cost financing for energy efficiency improvements and participation in green job training opportunities.
While GJGNY opportunities are available statewide, the CBOs will reach out to homeowners, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and multifamily building owners in their regions. 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 our 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 very localized approach will help NYSERDA reach people that we may not have reached otherwise. We're trying something new that we believe will have a great impact in getting people to make their homes and businesses more energy-efficient."
NYSERDA received 24 proposals from CBOs. Seven awards were made in Upstate regions (Western New York, Southern Tier, North Country, Central New York, Capital Region and Finger Lakes). Eight were made in downstate regions (Bronx, Kings, Queens and Richmond, New York, Mid-Hudson and Westchester, and Long Island).
CBOs were selected through a competitive process. The CBOs receiving contracts are:
* Pathstone (Finger Lakes Region)
* Northeast Parent and Child (Capital Region)
* Affordable Housing Partnership of the Capital Region (Capital Region)
* Adirondack North Country Association (North Country Region)
* Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (Bronx)
* Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island (Kings and Richmond Counties)
* El Puente (Kings and Richmond Counties)
* Downtown Manhattan Community Development Corporation (New York County)
* Asian Americans for Equality (Queens County)
* Rural Ulster Preservation Company (Mid-Hudson Region and Westchester County)
* Long Island Progressive Coalition (Long Island)
* Public Policy and Education Fund (Central New York Region)
* Public Policy and Education Fund (Southern Tier Region)
* People United for Sustainable Housing (Western New York 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.