Better Buildings Residential Network member Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) is using its knowledge of the housing market to create energy efficiency contracting jobs with fellow Residential Network member and Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partner NYSERDA.

RUPCO Outreach Coordinator Mike D’Arcy encouraged local officials at an April 2014 joint meeting of the New Paltz, New York, town and village boards to work with NYSERDA programs to support community development and create green jobs. RUPCO, a nonprofit affordable housing organization, already works with NYSERDA’s Green Jobs–Green New York. The statewide program is designed to provide New Yorkers with access to energy assessments, installation services, low-cost financing for residential customers, and pathways to training for various green-collar careers.