NYC Advocates Want Gas Stoves Replaced with Electric in Affordable Housing Buildings

Michelle Ross | PIX 11 News | 1/31/2023 |

A new study that followed a small group of public housing residents in the Bronx found reductions in indoor air pollution after replacing gas stoves with electric.

Governor Hochul Announces $52 Million in Awards for Regional Clean Energy Hubs to Connect New York Communities with Clean Energy Resources

Governor’s Press Office | New York State | 12/09/2022 |

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $52 million in awards to establish 12 Regional Clean Energy Hubs to serve as centers of outreach, awareness, and education in regions across New York State and help foster residents' participation, especially those in underserved or otherwise disadvantaged communities, in New York's clean energy transition.

Supervisor Haubert Hosts Energy Roundtable To Help Landlords Meet Climate Change Goals

Larry Altman | The Independent | 11/24/2022 |

Alameda County Supervisor David Haubert, whose district includes most of the Tri-Valley, is encouraging owners of multifamily rental housing properties to take advantage of a little-known Bay Area program that offers government rebates to update their buildings with energy and water efficient equipment for their tenants. During an “Energy Efficiency Incentives Roundtable” on Nov. 16, Haubert and Chris Hunter of the Oakland-based organization, StopWaste, discussed ways landlords can receive help to upgrade and seal windows; buy efficient appliances; replace gas-powered furnaces, water heaters and cooking equipment with electricity-powered instruments; install energy-saving insulation and LED lighting; and more.

10 Yrs Post Sandy, Advocates, Electeds Rally around Climate-Friendly Homes; Tell NYS to Electrify Buildings!

Marissa Solomon | readMedia Newswire | 10/28/2022 |

Residents celebrate the benefits of highly-efficient, all-electric living, and call on Albany lawmakers to ensure a transition to affordable climate friendly homes for all New Yorkers. BRONX, NY (10/28/2022) (readMedia)-- On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, advocates, electeds, residents, and more gathered in the Bronx to call on Albany lawmakers to prioritize and pass the All-Electric Buildings Act (A. 8431 Gallagher/S. 6843 Kavanagh) and Gas Transition and Affordable Energy Act (A. 9329 Fahy/S. 8198 Krueger). The group met outside 700 E. 134th Street at a building which the Association for Energy Affordability is converting from oil to electric heat and hot water.

Comprehensive Affordable Multifamily Retrofits (CAMR)

California Housing Partnership | 02/18/2022 |

The California Housing Partnership works closely with the Association for Energy Affordability to help lead nonprofit outreach efforts for CAMR and provide technical assistance to affordable housing owners and operators. *NEW* The Comprehensive Affordable Multifamily Retrofits (CAMR) program is designed to provide low-income renters with access to energy efficiency retrofits, including building electrification and on-site solar installation.

Oven Pilot Gives NYCHA Residents Induction Stoves for Air-Quality Project

Samantha Maldonado, THE CITY | Brooklyn Daily Eagle | 02/16/2022 |

The Association for Energy Affordability, which is spearheading the window and heat pump installations, undertook re-writing work in each of the 10 units that will get new induction stoves as part of the pilot. With about $40 billion already needed to make improvement across NYCHA's building stock, the upgrades at 1471 Watson could make the case for investment in electrical upgrades - to "demonstrate that we can do this, and if the dollars showed up, we would like to so this across the portfolio," Kenniff said, referring to the funding that could come as a result of the passage of the federal Build Back Better Act.

First-Of-Its-Kind Project To Use Private-Sector Funding to Reduce Asthma for NYC Medicaid Recipients

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative | Innovative financing model aims to improve health and reduce healthcare spending | 01/12/2022 |

NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York Healthy Homes Collaborative (NYHHC) today announced the launch of an innovative $4.75 million home-based asthma reduction project that will help hundreds of children and adults throughout New York City. This project will focus on addressing the underlying causes of asthma. This first of its kind project will use private sector investment to fund services through Affinity by Molina Healthcare. Medicaid savings will be used to provide full repayment to the transaction lenders, Northern Trust and the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI).

'Building back better' starts with our buildings

Rachel Golden and Andrew Brooks, Opinion Contributors | The Hill | 06/17/2021 |

No one should have to skip a meal or put off the purchase of necessary medicine just so they can afford to pay an energy bill. And yet a shocking number of U.S. families — one out of every five — report having to do just that. Luckily, one of the federal government’s best tools to combat the climate crisis can also reduce the energy burden for millions of Americans.

Accelerating Electrification of California’s Multifamily Buildings

Jack Aitchison, Nick Dirr, and Aubrey Dority (Association for Energy Affordability) and Ben Cooper (StopWaste) | Sonoma Clean Power Advanced Energy Center | 05/01/2021 |

This report provides policy context and functional technical information to accelerate the electrification of California’s existing multifamily buildings. Accelerating Electrification of California’s Multifamily Buildings is a deliverable for the Accelerating Multifamily Building Upgrades project and was funded by the California Energy Commission’s Local Government Challenge grant.

Accelerating Electrification of California’s Multifamily Buildings

Association For Energy Affordability, Insc. | Stop Waste | 05/01/2021 |

This report, Accelerating Electrification of California’s Multifamily Buildings, is a deliverable for the Accelerating Multifamily Building Upgrades project. This project was funded by the California Energy Commission’s Local Government Challenge grant.

City Workforce Prepared For The Future With New Green Jobs Training

Jonas Bronck | Bronx Times | 03/02/2021 |

District Council 37 (DC 37), New York City’s largest municipal labor union, today announced a new training initiative to prepare workers for energy efficiency jobs related to addressing the impact of climate change. The DC 37 Green Jobs Training Initiative, which will launch this spring, will provide technical training, environmental literacy, and hands-on experience to train a portion of its 150,000 members and the general public.

Investing in Sustainability Careers: Training & Job Creation through Local Partnerships

Alexandra McGee | Customer Programs, MCE News | 07/02/2020 |

In order to stem the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic, California has been sheltering-in-place for months, closing businesses, and leaving record numbers of community members unemployed, underemployed, or informally employed. In this time of insecurity, many people may be searching for creative employment solutions. For some, this will mean returning to school. Others may be looking for training programs to re-tool and enter a new economy.

Jonathan Rose Companies’ Advance Planning Unlocks Deep Energy Savings Across LA Portfolio

Jonathan Rose Companies | Better Buildings Challenge, U.S. Department of Energy Los Angles | 05/06/2020 |

Jonathan Rose Companies is committed to the Better Buildings Challenge sustainability goals and targets a 20 percent energy reduction within the first ten years at each property within its portfolio, in addition to a 20 percent carbon reduction and 15 percent water use intensity reduction. By implementing energy and water conservation and efficiency projects, the owner also aims to reduce operating costs, earn Enterprise Green Communities Certification and leverage utility incentives.

MCE Partners with the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program

Sarah Dillemuth | Workforce Development, Energy Efficiency, MCE News | 11/19/2020 |

MCE’s Workforce Education and Training (WE&T) team is proud to announce the completion of our first in-field mentorship session. The team met with contractors installing a state-of-the-art heat pump water heating system at the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) shelter in Richmond. GRIP seeks to help stabilize low-to-moderate income residents in the West Contra Costa County community through case management, enrichment, and training opportunities that eradicate homelessness.

BayREN Multifamily Program Recognized Nationally for Effectiveness and Innovation

Mindy Craig |

On January 16, 2019, BayREN's Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements Program (BAMBE) was recognized by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) with a prestigious Exemplary Program Award.

Building sector must transition to clean energy

Pierre Delforge and Andrew Brooks | Capitol Weekly | 02/27/2018 |

When snowboarders Chloe Kim and Shaun White return home to California after dazzling on the halfpipe to win gold at the Olympic Winter Games, there won’t be much snow to greet them. The snowpack in the Sierra Mountains is 80% below normal, an ominous harbinger of more drought for a state already reeling from record wildfires, and a stark reminder that the most important challenge of all – the race against climate change – remains to be won.

Jan 11 Open House at AEA Chicago Hands-On Training Lab

Rate it Green | 01/09/2018 |

Learn how to build more sustainable, efficient buildings in 2018. Visit AEA's Chicago Hands-on Training Lab and learn about courses and technical support for contractors working on Passive House & Net Zero Energy projects. At AEA's training lab, you can learn to install high performance airtightness products, triple pane windows, and heat recovery ventilation systems, as well as techniques for airtightness testing and advanced skills for retrofit installers.

Hepinstall of AEA receives ACI's 2014 Leadership Award

New York Real Estate Journal | 05/27/2014 |

David Hepinstall, executive director of the Bronx-based Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. (AEA), was awarded the Linda Wigington ACI Leadership Award at the plenary session of the ACI National Home Performance Conference. In a field of innovators and experts, Hepinstall has been recognized not only for the programmatic and technical leadership he has brought to AEA and the industry nationally, but for his dedication to the twin missions of energy efficiency and energy affordability, and his drive to make things happen.

NYSERDA Recognizes Six Engineering Firms for Doubling Energy Efficiency Savings in Multifamily Buildings

Multi-Housing News | 11/26/2013 |

New York—Multifamily buildings across New York State are maximizing building energy efficiency and reducing energy costs. To honor teams for achieving double or triple the required energy savings—the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has recognized six engineering firms participating in the Multifamily Performance Program (MPP).

Association for Energy Affordability: On the Leading Edge of Technology-Enhanced Instruction

Jane Pulaski | Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) | 04/24/2013 |

The non-profit, Association for Energy Affordability (AEA), performs energy efficiency upgrades for affordable, healthy housing for low and moderate-income families. AEA’s staff of energy efficiency engineers and project management professionals offers training, technical support and energy services in New York and California. Under the leadership of Executive Director David Hepinstall, AEA became one of the first Building Performance Institute Affiliates and has been a training and technical assistance provider for Weatherization in New York State for over 15 years

Celebrating Energy Awareness Month & National Weatherization Day

Jonas Bronck | Bronx Times | 09/21/2011 |

The chill wind and rain made Wednesday October 19th a fitting day to celebrate energy awareness at the Energy Management Training Center of the Association for Energy Affordability (AEA).

Grant Expands Green Collar Workforce

Jonas Bronck | Bronx Times | 05/25/2010 |

The grant is being used to prepare workers for careers in the growing fields of weatherization and energy efficiency. This is one of nine grants across eight states aimed at increasing the capacity of Community Action Agencies and Weatherization Assistance Program agencies serving areas with high concentrations of income-eligible multifamily buildings.