Sustainable Homes Rochester (SHR) is a community campaign designed to encourage residents to install clean heating and cooling (CH&C) technologies and improve home energy efficiency. The City of Rochester received a $150,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to launch the SHR campaign, in partnership with PathStone Corporation Home Rehabilitation and Energy Services (PathStone) and the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC).

Why install Clean Heating and Cooling Technologies?  

CH&C technologies include air source heat pumps, heat pump water heaters and ground source heat pumps. CH&C installations offer many benefits:

    Sustainable Homes Rochester - Clean. Comfortable. Affordable
  • Clean - safe for your home and better for the environment
  • Comfortable – provides both heating and cooling so you can set your home at your ideal temperature throughout the year
  • Affordable – lowers your energy bills as technologies are more efficient, and last longer with low maintenance

How do Clean Heating and Cooling Technologies Work? 

General information about heat pumps (PDF)

Sustainable Homes Rochester Campaign Goals 

  • Increase public awareness of energy efficiency and CH&C technologies through community-based marketing, outreach, and education activities.
  • Enroll home owners in the campaign for access to information/meet a contractor events, free energy audits, and guidance to improve home energy efficiency and select the right CH&C technologies to meet the needs of the homeowner. 
  • Build long-term interest and demand for energy efficient and clean heating and cooling technologies after the conclusion of the campaign.  

 Enroll in the Sustainable Homes Rochester Campaign

The SHR campaign is scheduled to begin in Jan. 2019. Enrolling in the campaign is free, has no obligation, and allows you to: 

  • Learn about home energy efficiency opportunities and CH&C technologies that meet the needs of your home and lifestyle.
  • Find out about NYSERDA’s additional energy efficiency incentives that can save you more money on home improvements.
  • Sign up for a free, no obligation home energy assessment to learn how you can save money and improve your home’s energy efficiency. 
  • After your assessment, you may decide to have a discussion with your contractor about what type of home energy efficiency and CH&C technology installation is right for your home. There is no obligation to install anything.
  • Enroll by attending an information event (schedule and details will be posted in Jan. 2019).


Please contact the SHR team if you have questions about enrolling, can’t make it to an information event, or have general inquiries about the campaign. Scott Oliver, our SHR partner from PathStone, will respond to you.  

Attention Contractors

Please see the Request for Proposal (PDF) issued by our partner, PathStone for information on how to participate in the campaign. Proposals are due by 11/2/18 (see RFP for details). Please email questions related to the RFP by 10/24/18. Scott Oliver from PathStone will post responses by 10/29/18.