Net zero Energy Challenge

United Way of Long Island's Net Zero Energy Challenge





United Way of Long Island's ‘Net Zero Energy Challenge’ is the pathway to transforming the organization’s headquarters into a building that produces as much energy as it uses.Through the installation and utilization of 576 solar panel modules and air-source heat pumps, United Way will possess one of the largest solar arrays of any not-for-profit commercial building, excluding universities and hospitals, in New York State.  

The total cost of the Net Zero Energy Challenge is $2,000,000. We have a significant base of $1,000,000 pledged from NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research Development Authority) as well as in-kind resources toward this goal. $500,000 in gifts will enable us to begin construction in 2022.

In order to fund the Net Zero Energy Challenge we have identified several naming opportunities. Your gift presents an opportunity to be openly recognized. You may also use a naming opportunity to honor a family member. You may take advantage of these opportunities through an outright gift or through a gift that is pledged over 1 or 2 years. All gifts will be permanently recognized on a Commemorative 3-D Solar Panel Donor Wall Listing sorted by giving level, adjacent to the Net Zero Digital Dashboard prominently displayed in United Way’s high traffic Lobby and Waiting Area.













  • The cost savings by using renewable energy will be reinvested into United Way’s core programs and services
  • The building will be a live demonstration site for career training opportunities to young adults, veterans, and those looking to replicate the Net Zero Energy project design
  • The completed project site will be disaster resilient during extreme weather conditions 

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