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 Paw Home

Grant Amount: $1,224 CO2 Offset: 61 tons
For Deteh and Hakhi Paw, it’s been a longer journey to home ownership than for most people. The Burmese natives spent ten years in a refugee camp in Thailand before...
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The Dhondup Home

Grant Amount: $1,375 CO2 Offset: 69 tons
Nyima Dhondup and Tenzin Tsokyi and their three children have lived in their c. 1910 home in Ithaca’s Northside for eight years. Fluctuating energy bills, a weak-in-the-knees water heater, asthma...
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The Wessel Home

Grant Amount: $2,226 CO2 Offset: 111 tons
Peace is kept in the barnyard at Wildwood Farms by 5 white nanny goats supervising the dozens of ducks, chickens, guinea hens, and cats rescued by farmer Mary Wessel. After...
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The Stanford Home

Grant Amount: $2,286 CO2 Offset: 114 tons
Kim Stanford grew up in the beautiful valley that runs along Route 38 in the Town of Richford, Tioga County. The family property runs along the west side of the...
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The Jensen Home

Grant Amount: $2,283 CO2 Offset: 114 tons
Area homeowners are familiar with this story… Young couple buys old farmhouse while in graduate school. The place needs work, but the beautiful landscapes of the Town of Caroline seem...
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The Fenner Home

Grant Amount: $2,247 CO2 Offset: 112 tons
Santa came a little early in 2014 for young Kolleen Fenner and her family, thanks to donors to the Finger Lakes Climate Fund. The Fenners’ 1920 bungalow home in Newfield...
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