Taking the Energy Journey Together

In the last six years, homeowners – with the help of our Green Jobs | Green New York Program — have saved energy, LOTS of energy, and lived in a more comfortable-safer home. Together, we figure we’ve conserved the equivalent of driving 40,644,873 miles in an average car – just by working with you, Mid-Hudson Valley residents! Thank you for your eagerness to lower your utility costs, save energy, and make a positive impact on our planet.

The First GJGNY Team

Under contract to NYSERDA since 2011, RUPCO has promoted energy efficiency and sustainability through the Green Jobs Green NY program (GJGNY) in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region. Unfortunately, as of November 27, 2017, our NYSERDA contract and the GJGNY program ends. We’re honored to have worked with homeowners, financial providers and the most professional NYSERSDA Home Performance, Building Performance Institute certified contractors in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region! We also want to give credit and thanks to NYSERDA for allowing us to serve the region. We hope that the RUPCO GJGNY team provided you with the professional level of service you expected. Because of you, our program was by far the most successful Community-based Organization in the state.

In the Beginning

Our first NYSERDA team training took place over six years ago — November 30, 2011 — in Albany. It was very clear that we had a lot of work to do. With a robust outreach plan, we began connecting with you: potential partners, homeowners in need, and contractors willing to take on the task of weatherization and energy efficiency.

By February 2012, we officially launched RUPCO’s GJGNY Outreach Program. Over 170 people received that announcement, that we were ready to get down to energy-saving business. Our first presentation was, rightly so, before the RUPCO staff of 33. During these first months, we generated 325 referrals and held or attended 6 meetings and 8 public events.

Fast-forward to today and here’s a snapshot of how we’ve worked together since then:

  • Referred over 7600 people into the program
  • Facilitated over 2650 energy audits
  • Orchestrated over 670 retrofits, referred 355 to the EmPower program
  • Answered your questions at 1,343 public meetings, events, and presentations
  • Offered concrete answers that inspired you to participate
  • Provided access to solutions, grants and expertise to get you started with energy conservation and production

Translating our combined impact into Kilowatt hours (Kwh) and Metric Megaton BTU (MMbtu) reductions, we can honestly say we’ve helped local residents save A LOT of money and energy.

  • Total Kilowatt Hours saved = 4,818,737 Kwh
  • Carbon Dioxide Equivalent = 3,733 tons (as of 12/9/16)
  • Total Therms of natural gas saved = 2,538,637
  • Natural Gas Carbon Dioxide Equivalent = 14,837 tons (as of 12/9/16)

Together we’ve saved 40-million+ car-driving miles of energy collectively – impressive!

Helping Shape Future Programs

Homeowners were just one part of the solution. Our RUPCO GJGNY team collaborated with various NYSERDA working groups and advisory councils. Together, we helped shape, create and design the next iteration of energy-efficiency community outreach – CEEP, Community Energy Engagement Program. Although the GJGNY Team was not awarded the new contract, and we’ll be stepping out of the sustainability arena for now, we know the Mid-Hudson Region is in good energy-saving hands. Sustainability and energy-efficiency remain prominent features of RUPCO’s strategic plan and long-term vision. We are committed to helping homeowners and renters keep housing costs affordable, particularly when it comes to energy use.

As we close down our website and Facebook Page this week, we invite you to Stay Engaged with Energy-efficiency by taking one of four actions:

If you are a customer of NYSERDA or are interested in NYSERDA programs, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, or EmPower New York please contact NYSERDA directly at:

Matthew Houle  [email protected]
 518-862-1090 Ext: 3286 | 1-877-NYSMART | Fax: 518-862-1091
17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399

We’re honored to have been a part of your energy journey and hope you will remain committed to the groundwork we’ve laid down together.

Most sincerely,

The GJGNY Team – Michael, Mike, Hugo, Nick, and Guy

Add This Book to Your Holiday Reading List

earlymarketing-social_crosssectorcollaboration-customCommunity development success stories from around the country are available December 12. The new book, “NeighborWorks Works: Practical Solutions from America’s Community Development Network,” highlights innovative solutions to community development and housing challenges from the NeighborWorks America (NWA) network of local nonprofits. RUPCO is one of 140 organizations featured from the NWA membership.

“We actually have two stories in #OurNWBook,” says Kevin O’Connor, chief executive officer at RUPCO. “The first is about the collaborative nature The Lace Mill and how the community influenced our design and living dynamic there.” The story also includes comment from local photographer Rubi Rose, one of the Lace Mill’s 55 resident-artists and can be found in the “Place-based Investments” section of the book.

“The second story focuses on RUPCO’s energy efficiency program, Green Jobs | Green New York (GJGNY),” adds O’Connor. “We’ve extended specific effort to connect with the Latino community, as many of these families can benefit most from the energy audit and weatherization services.” In the last five years, GJGNY has helped 2409 families in 10 counties with free and low-cost home energy assessments and helped homeowners minimize utility bills through home energy savings recommendations. The monetary impact of this energy-saving work totals over $5.3 million. This story is listed in the section “Affordable Homes.”

RUPCO is a member of the NeighborWorks network—more than 245 nonprofit organizations based in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.  As a member of the NeighborWorks network, RUPCO has been rigorously assessed for high standards of performance and operation. In 2016, RUPCO received “exemplary” status for its performance in five areas. NWA awarded RUPCO chartered member status in 1998 and audits the community developer every three years to ensure the excellence of the network. 

“Community-based nonprofits are creating economic opportunity for more Americans through cross-sector collaborations, complementary investments and collective problem-solving,” says Paul Weech, chief executive officer of NeighborWorks America (NWA). “This book will allow us to share what works, as well as what doesn’t work – an important part of innovation.”

essays inside “NeighborWorks Works: Practical Solutions from America’s Community Development Network” demonstrate how housing can be a platform for advancing health, education, workforce development, and youth leadership. Featured success stories illustrate how to facilitate affordable housing, whether owned or rented; supportive housing for senior citizens or the disabled; engage residents of varying ages, cultures and races; revitalize declining neighborhoods; and measure outcomes. Policymakers at the local and state levels, funders, and journalists will find it a rich source of ideas related to community development trends, challenges, and solutions.

“RUPCO is offering the book as part of our year-end fundraising appeal,” notes O’Connor. “For a donation of $50 or more, you receive NeighborWorks Works; a signed limited edition print “Give Housing a Voice” by local artist Stephen Hargash; and the satisfaction knowing your donation makes home matter here in the Hudson Valley.”

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Informational Session for Solar Energy Grants

Are you tired of high electric costs? Is solar energy a project you wish to learn more about? Do you want to install solar on your home?

Join us for an informational session on Tuesday, April 5. We’ll talk about the solar grant program to assist households with energy efficient upgrades including renewable energy alternatives. RUPCO is o0wrking in partnership with Ulster County to administer its Community Development Block Grant Funding (CDBG).

This informational session is free and open to the public. Please RSVP with [email protected] or 845 331 9860 ext 220.2016-CDBG-Solar-Flyer

 

Project Clerk: Green Jobs | Green New York

green_jobs_53This position was filled as of January 2016.

Under RUPCO’s Green Jobs | Green New York (GJGNY) Program, the Project Clerk must complete both administrative and customer follow-up tasks. The Project Clerk component focuses on fulfilling certain contractual administrative and electronic customer management duties. The customer follow-up component focuses on tracking and documenting the customer’s process through the program and communicating with the customer accordingly.

Responsibilities:

  • Increasing awareness of NYSERDA residential programs in the region, via presentations, exhibiting at events, web-based marketing, social media and other marketing techniques
  • Providing customer assistance and hand-holding for Home Performance with ENERGY STAR© Program via phone, email, and in-person
  • Tracking customers from the front substantial point of contact to the completion of work using electronic tracking tools
  • Coordinating and communicating with the Outreach Staff to ensure they are kept up-to-date on customer steps and process

Position Requirements:

  • Comfortable working in diverse settings
  • Intercultural/multicultural experience and attitude
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively in a team setting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and able to communicate with multiple audiences including public officials, business owners, property owners and residents
  • Strong, demonstrated public speaking skills, especially an ability to communicate effectively and persuasively
  • Experience in grassroots organizing, community outreach, and/or coalition building
  • Excellent project management skills: detail-oriented, extremely organized, able to prioritize and manage multiple projects at once
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines under time constraints
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving ability
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter, creative, collegial, hard-working, and demonstrates a positive attitude and strong ethical fiber

Educational & Relevant Knowledge Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in marketing, communications, business, natural or environmental science, engineering, architecture, planning or related discipline
  • A high school diploma or equivalent plus five years relevant experience as described above
  • Foreign language fluency a plus
  • Knowledge and background in environmental issues or other related issue advocacy
  • An interest in the environment and a commitment to reducing energy use
  • Familiarity with building science, residential/commercial energy efficiency and/or renewable energy

Salary: Commensurate with experience; part-time position with no benefits

Application Deadline:  Friday, December 4, 2016

Submit notification of interest by email: Guy Kempe, Vice President of Community Development

Outreach Coordinator: Green Jobs | Green New York

RUPCO's Green Jobs | Green New York logoThis position was filled as of January 2016.

RUPCO’s Green Jobs | Green New York (GJGNY) Program is looking for a flexible person to educate homeowners, community leaders, businesses and those interested in energy alternatives. The Outreach Coordinator shares the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable resources with these audiences and increases participation in the NYSERDA and GJGNY programs.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Developing GJGNY promotion methods
  • Providing information and assistance to residential customers and businesses
  • Working with community planners
  • Maintaining database of partnerships and projects
  • Meeting program deadlines
  • Planning events to include extensive travel, media relations and participation in evening and weekend events.

Position Requirements:

  • Excellent public speaking and written communication skills
  • Clean driver’s license

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in marketing, communications, business, environmental science, architecture, planning OR
  • Associates degree plus five years relevant experience.  or related disciplineMaintain a clean and safe
  • BPI Certification referred

Salary: Commensurate with experience; full-time position with benefits

Application Deadline:  Friday, December 4, 2016

Submit notification of interest by email: Guy Kempe, Vice President of Community Development

Installing Solar Without Breaking the Bank

GRID Alternatives solar installations crew on a rooftopRUPCO and the City of Kingston will host a solar installation workshop for homeowners meeting certain income standards. GRID Alternatives Tri-State, the nation’s largest nonprofit solar provider, headlines the workshop to be held September 9, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Ulster County Community Action, 70 Lindsley Avenue, Kingston. Rooftop solar can cut costs every month on electric bills, protect against rising electricity prices, and supplies a clean energy source that contributes to cleaner air for everyone.

In partnership with the City of Kingston and RUPCO, GRID Alternatives coordinates full service installation from start to finish. This program is specifically designed for eligible families living on low or fixed incomes, generally 80% of Ulster County’s Average Median Income (AMI). For a Kingston family of four, this income limit is $60,150. As Brenna L. Robinson, Director of the Office of Community Development explains, “We are thrilled to partner with RUPCO again, to provide yet another opportunity for Kingston’s residents to make their lives better. In addition to installing solar energy equipment, other improvements such as replacing old windows and doors, adding insulation, roof improvements, or new heating/cooling equipment can significantly increase their homes’ energy efficiency and that will keep money in their pockets to be used where they really need it.”

RUPCO secured a grant from NeighborWorks® America to provide matching funds towards GRID solar installs. NeighborWorks®  provides matching funds of approximately $2,500 per installation to RUPCO for homeowners who meet eligibility criteria to work with GRID Alternatives’ solar project installations. RUPCO will help 10 Kingston residential households by providing matching funds for these solar installs.

Specifically, RUPCO is looking at two income-qualifying areas inside the city limits. In these areas, there are a total of 870 owner-occupied homes located in a large portion of downtown, as well as a very large portion of Midtown. Representatives from each organization will be on hand to answer homeowner questions.

“We frequently get questions like: how much can I save on my electric bill with solar? How do I apply for the solar program? Do I qualify?” notes Michael D’Arcy, Outreach Coordinator for RUPCO’s Green Jobs | Green New York Program. “We will answer these questions and many more on September 9th. Invite friends, family and others you think may qualify for our program. You can also bring your electric bills to get a jump start!” To learn more, call Michael D’Arcy at 845-331-2140 Ext: 267.

Since 2011, RUPCO, as an Independent Contractor to the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) actively markets Green Jobs | Green New York, to improve Home Performance with ENERGYSTAR® and all NYSERDA programs to educate homeowners, community leaders and the general public about the benefits of the program. This program serves 10 counties in the Mid-Hudson Valley, including Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties. The Green Jobs | Green New York Program covers 2,451,153 residents (12.7% of NYS Population) in 673 Zip Codes. In total, 43.6% of the homes in Kingston are owner occupied. As of April 30th, RUPCO has a total of 4800 residential referrals, 1302 completed Home Energy Performance audits, and over 364 customers approved for or have completed a residential energy upgrade or retrofit. Visit Green Jobs | Green New York for more information.

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Hudson Valley Communities Partner With RUPCO

RUPCO’s Green Jobs Green New York Team (GJGNY) has been, and is always, on the move! And thanks to them, hundreds of homes in the region are now safer, cleaner and less costly to heat and cool than they were a year ago. Their most recent effort has been a systemized energy efficiency outreach approach to municipalities of the Hudson Valley. Outreach began in February when energy coach Michael D’Arcy sent 53 Partnership Pact proposals to municipalities in the area. The Partnership Pact aims to establish collaboration, training, and education initiatives with RUPCO, to reduce overall energy consumption and save homeowners money with residential energy efficiency policies and programs.

Following the initial packages sent to each community, 16 presentations were given at town, village, or council meetings. D’Arcy proposed partnerships in which RUPCO’s role will be to help community members identify opportunities and resources through an appointed Municipal Liaison to Green Jobs Green New York. Together, the GJGNY staff and the Municipal liaison will help people access and benefit from energy efficiency programs through NYSERDA. So far results have been promising. The GJGNY team has had 10 resolutions passed in various Hudson Valley communities and will be continuing outreach and follow up.

RUPCO is a constituency-based organization (CBO) within the GJGNY program, whose goal is to make it easier for New Yorkers to participate in energy efficiency programs offered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). As lead CBO for the Mid-Hudson Region, RUPCO’s GJGNY team delivers effective residential energy efficiency programs from NYSERDA to provide New Yorkers with access to energy audits, installation services, low-cost financing and pathways to training for various green-collar careers. They deliver services in targeted communities and encourage individuals to take advantage of clean energy training opportunities.