New York State needs a Residential Retrofit Program to Fight Global Warming, Cut Energy Use & Costs, and Create Jobs


ACORN -- Building Performance Contractors Association -- Brooklyn Economic Development Corp. -- Center for Working Families -- Circulo de la Hispanidad - Communication Workers of America, District 1 -- Consortium for Worker Education -- Construction & General Building Laborers' Local 79 -- Environmental Advocates of New York --  Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies -- General Building Laborers’ Local 66 -- Green For All -- Healthy Schools Network -- Hope For Us Housing Corp  -- Hunger Action Network -- International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Local 808 -- Local 32BJ SEIU -- Mason Tenders District Council, LIUNA -- Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) -- New York Jobs with Justice -- New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYCEJA) -- New York City Apollo Alliance -- New York League of Conservation Voters -- New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) -- New York State Apollo Alliance -- Northwest Bronx Community Clergy Coalition -- Pratt Center for Community Development -- PUSH Buffalo -- Renew Community Earth -- Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter -- Sustainable South Bronx -- United Auto Workers - Regions 9 and 9A -- Urban Agenda -- Western NY Council on Occupational Safety & Health (WNYCOSH) -- Women's Housing and Economic Development Corp. -- Working Families Organization -- Working Families Party


The Green Jobs/Green Homes NY campaign is creating New York State policy to combat climate change, save people on energy costs, make housing more affordable and shape a “green economy” with jobs for those who most need them.  Our platform calls for an ambitious state program to perform energy efficiency retrofits on one million homes in five years – leading the way for other states.

Yes, I/we support the principles below!


* We need a “green housing” program that retrofits millions of units, slashes energy use, puts energy bill savings back in consumers’ pockets, and pays costs back to the state.

* As we grow the green economy, we must ensure that the green collar jobs we create are quality jobs that provide pathways out of poverty. The state retrofit program must include commitments to paying family-sustaining wages, local hiring, expanding apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, and creating access to jobs and to job-linked training for unemployed populations.

* We need a greening program that activates New York owners and renters to upgrade their homes to make them more energy efficient, but does not require working families and low-income people to spend money up front.

* Greening our housing stock should not be a financial burden on homeowners, renters or the state. Retrofits produce such good returns that we can leverage private capital to finance up-front costs, and homeowners can repay costs as they save on energy bills.

* A large-scale retrofit program should be implemented by the state, which can build in public benefit and make sure broader environmental and equitable economic development goals are met.

For more information:

- New Fact Sheet: Roadmap for Green Jobs / Green Homes

- Update

Campaign: Dave Palmer, Director, Green Jobs/Green Homes NY Campaign, Working Families Organization,

Policy: Emmaia Gelman, Senior Policy Organizer, Center for Working Families,