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Watt’s New?

The Green Jobs/Green NY Progress Report

Johnny Cash and saving cash in the North Country

Issue #14: March 25, 2013
Welcome to the North Country!
If you’re like Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, traveling in the North Country “when the snowflakes storm and the rivers freeze,”…

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March 25th, 2013


5 big ideas the U.S. is missing

Issue # 13: March 4, 2013
President Obama called for a 50 percent reduction in “energy waste” in his recent State of the Union speech. That would be a positive step, but legislation is stalled in Congress.

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March 4th, 2013


Watt’s New? 12

Issue #12: January 31, 2013
Last  June, we wrote how Green Jobs/Green NY financing (known as on-bill recovery, or on-bill) is helping more and more New Yorkers make their homes energy efficient.
Here are some highlights at the

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January 31st, 2013


“That’s like genius — who came up with that?”

Issue #11: November 19, 2012

Need a chuckle or a tool for explaining why energy efficiency makes sense? Check out Irreconcilable Temperatures,  NYSERDA’s clever new online videos promoting Green Jobs/Green New York (GJGNY). There’s even a reference…

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December 20th, 2012


“Since we’re already up on the roof…”

Issue #10: November 20, 2012
Nearly half (46 percent) of energy efficiency contractors have hired workers since the introduction of Green Jobs/Green NY, according to a recently released survey by NYSERDA, the New York State Energy…

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November 20th, 2012


Home Snug Home

Issue #9: October 2012
We hope you’re safe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. As New York City and Long Island recover, our work  goes on to increase energy efficiency, mitigate climate change and increase employment across the state. With…

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October 31st, 2012

Cynthia and Euphemia are making sure New Yorkers know about GJGNY

Issue #8: September 6, 2012
Community organizers like Euphemia Martin and Cynthia Ngombe are Green Jobs/Green New York’s most valuable players.Every day, they use a combination of people skills and a deep knowledge of theretrofit process to…

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September 6th, 2012


GJGNY, how ya doin’?

Issue #7: August 9, 2012

So watt is new with Green Jobs/Green NY? The Center for Working Families’ view is that things are going well, despite a warm winter and lower gas prices. Here are our top observations…

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August 9th, 2012

On the job with Jason and Will

will graeber Photo (cropped)

Issue #6: July 25, 2012

Which program is the best use of public money?
A)    A corporate subsidy program that costs $71,859 per newly created job*
B)    A job training program that costs $8,670 per newly created job…

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July 26th, 2012


Ghosts in your attic?

Issue #5: July 12, 2012
Ever wonder about the whooshing sounds in your attic?
It’s worse than ghosts: It’s money leaking from your house through poorly insulated walls.
Data, though, show energy retrofits can bring a New York…

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July 12th, 2012

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