Please select your areas of intervention in the home improvement market
Financing, Design, Technology, Labor, Energy conservation, Renewable energy, Green housing, Urban development, Citizen/community participation, Public policy.
Is your innovation addressing barriers in the home improvement/progressive housing market? If so, please describe in detail your mechanisms of intervention
PUSH's program of green housing development and public policy reform in the Green Development Zone, addresses many barriers in the progressive housing market, including the following:
Renewable Energy Technology and Green Building Techniques: The use of "horizontal field" geo-thermal heating systems on urban vacant lots is extremely rare. The system designed for PUSH's first two NetZero projects is a proof of concept. Given that the system has now been implemented successfully, PUSH intends to replicate it on future housing developments. Architects, engineers and planners have regularly visited the NetZero house and PUSH anticipates that the vacant lot geothermal system will be widely adopted elsewhere.
PUSH has also done path-breaking work on overcoming finance barriers to housing weatherization. Through Green Jobs/Green NY, a statewide program championed by PUSH in partnership with the Center for Working Families, a new model for finance green housing investments for families statewide was developed. By pooling private capital and providing funds job training, Green Jobs/Green NY is expected to lead to 1 million houses weatherized and 30,000 green jobs created over the next five years.
Are you currently collaborating with private companies, or have you partnered with private companies in the past? With which companies?
PUSH's partners in the Green Development Zone include: (1) Watts Engineering and Eco-Logic Studios, an architecture firm specializing in green design. Watts created the design for the vacant lot geo-thermal system and Eco-Logic created the system design for the other features on the house. (2) The Green Jobs contracting network, a set of 10 community-based contractors who are implementing the Green Jobs/Green NY program and performing work in the Green Development Zone. (3) several dozens companies, including major banks like Citizens, M & T and HSBC, that have made donations to advance projects in the Zone.
Please describe in detail the nature of the partnership(s)
Watts Engineering donated services to design the NetZero geo-thermal system. The other companies have provided contracted services to complete projects in the Green Development Zone.
In partnership with Green for All and National Peoples Action, PUSH has engaged a wide variety of financial institutions and the Federal Reserve in a year-long dialogue about "Greening the Community Reinvestment Act". This dialogue is aimed at increasing incentives for investment in sustainable development in low-income neighborhoods.