Federal Reserve Bank of San Fransisco featured the Town of Babylon’s Long Island Green Homes program in their March 2014 publication. This great article outlines the history and mechanics of the program design and operation.
The Long Island Green Homes program has received national and international exposure through various vehicles. Town of Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone has served as a presenter and keynote speaker on the Long Island Green Homes program at many conferences and symposiums across the United States.
The Long Island Green Homes Program is the first municipally operated retrofit program in the country. And, it all started right here in Babylon.
The burgeoning effort to create more energy-efficient houses has taken hold on Long Island, leaders of the “green homes” movement said at a gathering in Melville on Friday.
Sammy Chu knows that energy efficiency creates local jobs. He’s seen it for himself. As director of Long Island Green Homes, a local financing program based around Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), Chu has seen the creation of dozens of new contractor positions that have helped his home town of Babylon, New York, invest millions of dollars in efficiency retrofits.
Since the program started in 2008, Chu says it has brought $1.89 in value for every $1.00 invested through savings on energy bills — helping support hundreds of efficiency retrofits and support 50 full-time jobs.