Weatherization Effort Will Target Seneca Babcock Homes

 Daemen College Students Join WNY Apollo Alliance in Effort to Weatherize 50 Homes in Buffalo


Project Will Also Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

March 21, 2011

Mike Andrei
                  Director-College Relations

                  Cheryl Bird
Event        Executive Director
Contact:   Daemen College Center for Sustainable    
                  Communities and Civic Engagement
                  (716) 839-8489  (cell) 716.491.2200

             Daemen College students will join WNY Apollo Alliance and local labor union members in providing weatherization and energy related assistance to residents of Buffalos Seneca Babcock neighborhood beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 9, 2011. The project is part of a unique Green Initiative, driven by WNY Apollo Alliance. The initiative prominently features a number of area labor unions and their members. The project is basing out of Seneca Street Church, 1218 Seneca Street, and is expecting over 70 volunteers.

            “The 2010-11 Home Energy Conservation Kit (HECK) Project provides weatherization assistance to 50 homeowners in the Seneca Babcock neighborhood of Buffalo,” said Cheryl Bird, Executive Director of the Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement.           


           Another important part of the HECK weatherization project will focus on the dangers presented by failure of detection of carbon monoxide in many homes. Former New York Governor David A. Paterson signed Amanda’s Law in August 2009, mandating the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in all homes in New York State.

           The law is named for 16-year-old Amanda Hansen of West Seneca, New York, who died on January 17, 2009, due to a carbon monoxide leak from a defective boiler while she was sleeping at a friend’s house. As part of the HECK project, Amanda’s father will donate 30 carbon monoxide detectors, to be installed by the volunteer teams in the homes they will be weatherizing. He will be at the Seneca Street Church at 9 a.m. April 9, with Cheryl Bird, to talk with volunteers.        

            “In October 2010, 20 homes were completed, and on April 9, volunteers will provide this weatherization assistance to another 30 homes in Seneca Babcock. Daemen service learning student volunteers will be involved with local trade union members in this effort to make homes in Seneca Babcock more energy-efficient," said Bird. 

           “We will accomplish this by assisting homeowners in weather-stripping their doors and windows, insulating hot water heaters and pipes, sealing cracks, and installing compact fluorescent light bulbs," she added. "Carbon monoxide detectors will also be installed.  Homeowners will be given information about other ways to save energy, which will simultaneously cut utility bills and pollution. This is a great way to reduce energy consumption, and help minimize home energy costs. Most homes in the Seneca Babcock neighborhood are well over 100 years old, and are occupied by single parent families, so the energy savings generated by this HECK project can be significant for them." 

           Major donors to this project include Buffalo Common Council Members Richard Fontana and David Franczyk; Honeywell Inc.; Painters D.C. #4 of WNY-CNY; The Knoer Group, PLLC; and West Side Neighborhood Housing Services (a Neighbor Works Chartered Member). 

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