Life-changing impact​

The Finger Lakes Climate Fund has funded residential energy efficiency projects for low to moderate income households in the Finger Lakes region since 2011. The fund helps pay for insulation, air sealing, energy efficient heating equipment, and other upgrades to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The energy efficiency upgrades are carried out by Building Performance Institute accredited contractors using guidelines provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. These home energy efficiency projects reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support low income families, and help stimulate our local economy.




Awardee Profiles

We are proud to present these profiles of the home owners that have benefited from Finger Lakes
Climate Fund grants. Thanks to the many donors to the Fund, these local families will be less
vulnerable to rising fossil fuel prices and better positioned to remain stable and secure property
owners. Over the long term, everyone benefits – the donors, the homeowners, local energy
contractors, and the community.

Ian Shapiro

Grant Amount: $1896 CO2 Offset: 76 tons
Renters can get heat pumps too! Pictured here are Gwen and Ian. Ian, our 63rd Climate Fund grant winner, owns a duplex on Cascadilla Street in downtown Ithaca, where Gwen...
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The Pothier/Jones Home

Grant Amount: $3,921 CO2 Offset: 77 tons
Meet the hardiest people out there, the Pothier/Jones family! Chris and Geoff have lived in their family home in Brooktondale for the past 40 years. When they moved in, the...
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The Bojanowski Home

Grant Amount: $3,760 CO2 Offset: 70 tons
Julie said she has three thumbs up! Her home is fully electric, off kerosene, and running off a local solar farm! She lives in the Town of Danby and bought...
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Garland Home

Grant Amount: $3,358 CO2 Offset: 42 tons
Sharon Garland knew she needed an energy system that was sturdy, reliable, and fit to handle the dust generated by the many rescue dogs she cares for in her little...
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The Green Home

Grant Amount: $3,757 CO2 Offset: 58 tons
The Climate Fund is helping babies be the most comfortable in their homes! Who would’ve thought!? Meet our 54th grant winners, the Green family! Pictured here is Claire and her...
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The Rose Home

Grant Amount: $2500 CO2 Offset: 359 tons
Todd and Suzy live in Danby. Their devotion as parents of two daughters extends to the chickens, dogs, and cats that live on their country property. They both are artists...
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