New Program Helps Nonprofits Go Green

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Boston-based New Generation Energy Launches Program to Lower Energy Use and Generate Alternative Energy at Shelters, Health Clinics, Churches, and Other Nonprofit Facilities

New Generation Energy(NGE), a Boston-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes the development of community green energy, today announced that it is launching an initiative to support community nonprofit organizations such as shelters, health clinics, community centers, and churches by providing funds for green energy upgrades that increase efficiency, and generate clean energy such as solar and wind.

NGE's Community Green Energy Projects program is initially being launched with two Boston-area shelters, Roxbury-based Elizabeth Stone House, a family shelter and community support center established in 1974, and Cambridge-based Transition House, New England's first established shelter for battered women and their children. NGE will help these organizations by funding projects that lower their energy costs, and support their efforts to become greener. NGE plans to expand the program to additional communities and charities throughout 2010.

How it works: NGE partners with selected charities that own their own facilities, and have a strong interest in lowering their energy costs and improving their environmental profile. NGE develops a complete energy assessment of the building, determining where the organization can save the most money while also cutting down their carbon footprint.

NGE then groups these potential energy improvements into specific projects such as appliance upgrades, insulation and window replacements, HVAC upgrades, building envelope improvement, and solar power generation. NGE creates project information sheets that detail the cost of the project, the financial benefits to the charity, and the environmental benefits.

NGE then uses its investment and fundraising network to support these projects via donations from corporations, foundations, and individuals. A 'green' donation supporting energy upgrades pays dividends for decades. Each $1 donated, for example, can create $5, $10 or more in energy savings over the lifetime of the installed project.

NGE also promotes the projects through its website, on its Featured Projects page. Visitors can view projects by energy economics - the lifetime energy savings to the charity per dollar donated, by carbon economics - the amount of lifetime carbon offset per dollar donated, and by location - which makes it easy to support projects at a specific charity. Interested persons can visit NGE's website at http://www.newgenerationenergy.org to learn more and support specific projects.

Chuck Lewin, NGE Director, comments "A donation to support community green energy projects is a triple win. First, the charity benefits by having their energy costs lowered. Second, the donor benefits by offsetting their carbon usage and lowering global CO2 emissions. Third, we all benefit by creating more effective, empowered, communities with healthy and vibrant nonprofits able to fulfill their missions."

For more information on NGE's Community Green Energy Projects, visit NGE's website at http://www.newgenerationenergy.org or contact us at CGF(at)newgenerationenergy(dot)org.

Additional Information on New Generation Energy:

New Generation Energy (NGE) is a Boston-based 501(C)(3) nonprofit that provides investment and donation options for individuals, businesses, and foundations in the areas of renewable energy, conservation, and the environment. NGE operates in the six states of New England, and supports energy efficiency, solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal.

NGE operates a Renewable Energy Investment Note (REIN) program that raises funds from socially conscious investors, and disseminates those funds to low and moderate income communities via low interest green energy project loans. NGE also operates a Community Green Fund (CGF) that lets green-minded individuals, foundations, and corporations donate to support green energy projects that lower energy costs for charitable organizations.

Additional Information on Transition House:

turbinesTransition House is Cambridge-based 501(C)(3) nonprofit domestic violence agency founded in 1975. Committed to helping families break cycles of violence, Transition House offers: confidential emergency shelter and longer term housing and holistic support services for approximately 200 people each year; community outreach and intervention; and prevention education to thousands of youth. http://www.transitionhouse.org

Risa Mednick, Transition House's board chair comments, "With the help of New Generation Energy, we're demonstrating that environmental sustainability, energy conservation and sustaining our vital housing and support programs are inextricably linked. Greening our emergency shelter makes economic and programmatic sense. Every improvement we make will yield ongoing savings on utility expenses and those dollars will be redirected toward strengthening services our community depends on at a time when domestic violence is on the rise and the needs of victims far outstrip available resources." The Green Shelter Project is the cornerstone of the organization's 2010 Sustainability Campaign.

Additional Information on Elizabeth Stone House:

The Elizabeth Stone House helps women and families rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse and other forms of trauma. The Stone House provides residential and non-residential programs, as well as an emergency shelter for those who are in immediate need. Located in Roxbury, MA the Elizabeth Stone House has been serving families in the greater Boston community for the past 36 years.

Nancy Owens Hess, Elizabeth Stone House Co-Executive Director comments, "The current economy asks all of us to do more with less. Cutting energy costs is critical to our success as a social service provider because it allows us to direct more funds toward fundamental programs that meet the needs of the families we serve. We are thrilled to be partnering with New Generation Energy and working to ensure that the Elizabeth Stone House facility is as energy efficient as possible."

http://www.elizabethstonehouse.org

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