News Release -- City Awarded NYSERDA Grant for “Sustainable Homes Rochester” Campaign

 City of Rochester 

News Release


(Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that the City received a $150,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for a campaign to increase awareness and encourage the installation of clean heating and cooling systems for improved home energy efficiency. 

“Rochester is always striving to be cleaner and greener and I am very grateful to Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYSERDA for helping residents install more energy efficient systems and save money on their energy bills,” said Mayor Warren. “Combined with our ongoing climate related initiatives, this grant will help us to reduce our carbon footprint and become a more sustainable city, bolstering our efforts to create more jobs, safer/more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens.”

As a result of the grant, the City of Rochester will partner with PathStone Corporation Home Rehabilitation and Energy Services to launch an awareness campaign designed to raise awareness and increase local adoption of “clean heating and cooling systems” such as air and ground source heat pumps and heat pump water heaters.

The program will facilitate access to home energy efficiency measures such as energy audits and building envelope improvements, and offer competitive pricing for city residents for the purchase and installation of the systems.

NYSERDA’s Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaign is part of Governor Cuomo’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030.

“Once again, the City of Rochester is leading by example in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Alicia Barton, President and CEO for NYSERDA. “Rochester’s pro-active measures to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs for residents and businesses align perfectly with Governor Cuomo’s commitment to ensuring clean energy for all New Yorkers.”

“The PathStone Corporation is eager to help raise awareness and use of clean heating and cooling technologies so that we can lower our energy use and make our homes more environment-friendly,” said Scott Oliver, Deputy for Energy Programs at PathStone. “Air source heat pumps are a great way for people with oil or electric heat to save money on their heating costs and add air conditioning to their homes.”

The City is one of eight clean heating and cooling grant recipients in New York State. The grant will play a key role in the City’s Climate Action Plan’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 2010 levels by 2030 (

Some of the City’s climate-related initiatives include:

•            Installation of public electric vehicle charging stations;

•            Use of LED lighting in City facilities and street lights;

•            Construction of a two-megawatt solar field on Emerson Street;

•            Launch of mixed household recycling

•            Installation a green roof and permeable parking lot at City Hall;

•            Expansion of the City’s electric vehicle fleet; and

•            100 percent of electricity use at City Hall from renewable energy sources.


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