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 Yantorno Home

Grant Amount: $1,667 CO2 Offset: 83 tons
Runaway boiler! It’s a good thing David Yantorno was working at home the day he first turned on the heat last fall. When the house grew hot and the pipes...
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The Copman Home

Grant Amount: $2,361 CO2 Offset: 118 tons
When Linda Copman and her three daughters moved to Ithaca from their long-time home in Hawaii, they were completely unfamiliar with the realities of heating and cooling a home through...
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Cayuga Pure Organics

Grant Amount: $2,500 CO2 Offset: 158 tons
Our eighth carbon offset grant is our first made to a local business. Late last spring, a dreadful fire destroyed the barn at Cayuga Pure Organics (CPO) in Brooktondale along...
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Second Wind Cottages

Grant Amount: $3,457 CO2 Offset: tons
Sometimes there are acts of generosity that are so inspiring they develop their own force field – drawing in others to amplify the original intention of making the world just...
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The Buckholtz Home

Grant Amount: $1,751 CO2 Offset: 88 tons
Max Buckholtz is a local up and coming composer with a busy schedule of teaching, composing, and performance. His wife had purchased a ranch-style house in the Town of Ithaca...
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The Mazur Home

Grant Amount: $2,000 CO2 Offset: 200 tons
The Mazur Family of Enfield received our third grant of $2,000 in May 2012. Beth and her two daughters loved the green vistas and rural charm of their new place,...
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