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.

The Bouma Home

Grant Amount: $4300 CO2 Offset: 80 tons
We love helping young families who are eagerly moving towards using fewer and fewer greenhouse gases. Meet the Boumas, our 65th Climate Fund grant winners! Based in downtown Ithaca, they...
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The Butler Home

Grant Amount: $3,057 CO2 Offset: 42 tons
Meet Neisha Butler, our 53rd grant winner! Neisha is a long-time member of our local sustainability movement and a founding member of the Sustainable Tompkins Mini-Grants Council. She and her...
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The Glenn Home

Grant Amount: $4,500 CO2 Offset: 294 tons
Daycare saved by the bell! Sarah Glenn was running her daycare business like a boss… until the cold months hit. She has lived in Hector for the past 9 years...
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The Cosgrove Home

Grant Amount: $4,378 CO2 Offset: 83 tons
Meet Megan, our 51st Climate Fund grant winner! Megan at first was skeptical of the process. Lots of paperwork? Hidden costs? Too good to be true? She didn’t want that...good...
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The Gray Home

Grant Amount: $3,454 CO2 Offset: 46 tons
As Snug Planet’s last client before the lockdown, Jennifer Gray truly lucked out. Since 1974, she has resided in her older Victorian farmhouse in Trumansburg, heating with fuel oil and...
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The Albro Home

Grant Amount: $4,800 CO2 Offset: 305 tons
Coal is not cute… and doesn’t Debra Albro know it! Deb lives in Alpine, NY with her four-legged family (and two-legged parrot!) in a mobile home set in the woods....
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