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 Westerling Home

Grant Amount: $4083 CO2 Offset: 69 tons
Jonathan, while already on a tight budget, isn’t a fan of spending money to burn fossil fuels. However, with a very poorly insulated home, it became quite the challenge to...
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The Westerling Home

Grant Amount: $4,500 CO2 Offset: 177 tons
Meet our 48th Climate Fund grant winner from Freeville, NY! Nina grew up right here in Freeville, NY, and moved into an 1860 older farmhouse last fall on her own...
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Muddy Fingers Farm

Grant Amount: $4,800 CO2 Offset: 399 tons
Muddy Fingers Farm just got a little more... muddy! (in the best way!) After living on their Hector land for the past 14 years, Liz and Matthew were ready to...
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The Gutman Home

Grant Amount: $2,893 CO2 Offset: 35 tons
The Gutmans never thought they would be able to afford heat pumps...until the Climate Fund came into their lives! As 20-year residents of Ithaca, NY, Wendy, Aaron, their two teenagers,...
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The Clearwater Home

Grant Amount: $2,997 CO2 Offset: 40 tons
It’s never fun moving into your first home when the heating system has to be fully replaced right away! Devon Clearwater met this challenge when he bought his first home...
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The Harber Home

Grant Amount: $4,500 CO2 Offset: 168 tons
We were so happy to grant our 43rd Climate Fund award of $4,500 to Becca Harber in Newfield, NY. Becca is a long-time community herbalist who has heated with wood...
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