Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick and Venture for America Fellow, Avery Hairston Cornell ’14, Founder of RelightNY, will announce their Second Major Initiative to Bring Energy Efficient Lighting to Residents of the City of Ithaca on Saturday, October 4th at 12 noon at Titus Towers 1, located at 800 South Plain St., Ithaca, NY.

RelightNY was founded by Avery Hairston while he was a freshman in high school in New York City, and continues to serve New York communities. A check for $4,642 to the Ithaca Housing Authority represents the final contribution from the RelightNY fund, which will be closed by year-end. The primary goal of RelightNY was to raise awareness of environmental problems and show easy solutions, while helping low income families save money on their electric bills. Coming back to Ithaca, his home for most of the last four years, to present RelightNY’s final donation, Avery Hairston said, “One of the best experiences you can have is doing something socially positive with your friends. I always wanted the project to go beyond a light bulb. We wanted to instill a notion of ‘simple changes’ on a mass scale. Ithaca changed me and this is just a small token of my thanks to the City.”

“The generous donation of $4,642.00 will help the Ithaca Housing Authority continue its commitment to provide energy efficient lighting in all of our Public Housing Units,” said Brenda C. Westfall, Executive Director, of the Ithaca Housing Authority. “Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs will be purchased using the funds from RelightNY and provided to our residents to continue our effort to reduce utility expenses.”

In 2007, The Ithaca Housing Authority began construction to implement many significant energy saving measures, including the installation of compact florescent lighting and fixtures. In recognition of its efforts to provide energy-efficient housing for low-income residents, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) named the Ithaca Housing Authority as a Recipient of the 2009 Energy Star Award for Excellence in Energy-Efficient Affordable Housing.

RelightNY is a non-profit charity founded to promote hyper-local engagement around climate change one light bulb at a time.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.