This author Lonnie Barlow has created 21 entries.

Energy Efficiency advocates issue mid-term report card

(First posted on May 23rd, 2019) By Neely Kelley Community Groups and Renewable Energy Advocates from Across New York State Issue “Midterm Report Card” for Energy Efficiency at Forum in Rochester Regulatory Agencies Get a “D” for Failing to Secure Equitable Energy Efficiency Policy Rochester, NY – Today in Rochester, community groups and renewable energy advocates gathered and held a press conference at the Low Income Forum on Energy, hosted by the Public Service Commission (PSC) and NYSERDA (the New York

Commentary: How to fight climate change with an eye to economic justice

By Geo Hernandez and Katherine Nadeau cartoon by Brian Adcock Climate change is already thrashing New York’s communities. Superstorm Sandy damaged nearly 100,000 buildings. Four thousand New Yorkers die every year from air pollution-related illnesses and heat waves are becoming more frequent and more deadly.   Despite living in different parts of the state, we both have firsthand experience with the damage that climate change has done to our communities. Katherine works at Catskill Mountainkeeper, which represents the Catskill Mountains and

Contractor Q & A Facebook LIVE with PUSH Green

ATTENTION: Buffalo area Contractors!! PUSH Green our energy efficiency arm is seeking licensed, insured contractors who do general construction, electrical, roofing and more! Join us for our new monthly Contractor’s Q & A on FB Live on Thursday April 4th at 11am. WHO: PUSH Green Community Energy Advisor Jason Posner WHAT: Warm & Dry Contractor Q & A Facebook LIVE WHEN: Thursday April 4th, 11am on PUSH Green’s Facebook Live PUSH Green is a nonprofit community based energy efficiency program that’s

West Side building with WASH Project, affordable housing gets state funds

WASH Project Groundbreaking – Homes and Community Renewal By Jonathan D. Epstein More than three decades after a devastating fire destroyed the third floor of a Massachusetts Avenue building, a partnership between two West Side nonprofits is bringing the building back to life – with a rebuilt third floor, affordable housing and a community hub aimed specifically at the area’s refugee population. PUSH Buffalo and the WASH Project – with significant financial support from the state – are planning to spend

Youth Climate Strike Hits Buffalo and Beyond

  On Friday March 15th, 2019 over 40 youth walked out of school in Buffalo, NY on a #Strike4Climate! They joined thousands of others internationally striking for equitable climate action! We are so inspired and fortified in our collective learning, teaching, and grounding of what a JUST TRANSITION looks like. We gathered at City Hall and called for action from our local elected officials, sharing stories of how we must take a stand for climate justice!! They made it nice and

PUSH Signs on to NYS Letter for Increase in Credit Union Support

By New Economy Project February 15, 2019 Honorable Andrea Stewart-Cousins Temporary President and Majority Leader, New York State Senate 188 State Street Room 907, Legislative Office Building Albany, NY 12247 Re: Request to support $25 million for the NYS CDFI Fund in the final budget Dear Temporary President and Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins: The undersigned 65 organizations respectfully request your support for a $25 million appropriation to fund the New York State Community Development Financial Institution Fund (NYS CDFI Fund). In 2007,

PUSH’s Rodney on KTAP (Podcast)

Check out PUSH Buffalo new Workforce Development Coordinator Rodney Rainey on the Keeping Things Alive podcast. He talks about life, music, and the importance of creating jobs in his community. Listen now!  

Building Blocks: Rahwa Ghirmatzion Executive Director PUSH Buffalo

Push Buffalo’s Executive Director Rahwa Ghirmatzion was featured in a regular series on Buffalo Rising written by Evan Thompson.  In the seventh grade she held a hunger strike.  For three weeks she and 11 of her classmates refused to eat their lunch. Their demands? The single use styrofoam trays that had taken the place of the re-usable plastic trays be done away with. And, the dishwasher that had lost his job because there were no more trays to wash, be given

Beloved Community is Made and Broken in Relationship

The following article was written by Sarah Shanley-Hope, executive director of The Solutions Project a contributor and ally of PUSH Buffalo. Sarah is also a Buffalo native. “But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. The type of love that I stress here is not eros, a sort of esthetic or romantic love; not