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PUSH Buffalo to build Sustainability Workforce Training Center on Buffalo's West Side

Posted at 11:40 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 23:40:01-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — PUSH Buffalo (People United for Sustainable Housing) is planning to build a Sustainability Workforce Training Center on the city’s West Side.

The plan is to have a 3,000 square foot living-classroom where Western New Yorkers will be able to learn about jobs that keep homes sustainable when it comes to energy consumption. People will be able to learn anything from maintaining solar panels to fixing electrical furnaces.

“To have it all there on the site and have the building mechanics open up in a way that the people, who are learning about these things, in theory, can be seen in their actual classroom,” said Bryana DiFonzo, the director of new economy at PUSH Buffalo.

The hope is this will become an asset for Western New York companies and job seekers looking to learn about careers that will be in demand in the not-so-distant future.

Right now, PUSH Buffalo can accommodate 60 people. That number would triple with this new facility.

PUSH Buffalo is currently taking requests for proposals for the project that would be located on Hampshire Street near Arkansas Street. The hope is construction will begin this year and the training center will be open sometime in 2021.