NET ZERO Energy Challenge

United Way of Long Island's NET ZERO Energy Challenge


United Way of Long Island’s NET ZERO Energy Building Campaign is an award-winning, state-of-the-art project that provides essential skills training for populations in need while setting a new standard in renewable energy for non-profit organizations throughout the region.

The project is transforming United Way’s 31,000 sq. ft. headquarters into a building that produces as much energy as it consumes. With one of the largest solar arrays of any not-for-profit commercial building in New York State, United Way will avoid more than $65,000 per year in energy costs, which will be reinvested into existing United Way programs.

The headquarters -- renamed the Entenmann Family Center for Hope -- will serve as a hands-on training ground for United Way's Workforce Development Training Academy, consisiting of our signature YouthBuild, VetsBuild, and PowerUp! programs. In addition, the Entenmann Family Center for Hope will function as a “command center” for non-profit organizations across Long Island that are impacted by catastrophic events like 2012’s Super Storm Sandy, giving these vital organizations a base from which they can continue serving Long Island communities in need when their own facilities are unavailable.

United Way of Long Island is immensely grateful to the partners who have stepped up to fund the NET ZERO Energy Building Campaign, and there are still opportunities for additional supporters to be recognized as part of the project. Naming opportunities are available via an outright contribution, or through a pledge over one or two years.

For more information, contact Craig Fligstein at 631-921-1484 or




  • 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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Contributing Supporters:

David and Kate Calone  •  The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation  •  Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW  •  Gina and Darryl Clark  •  SUNation Systems  •  The Regnante Family.
EMCOR Services NY/NJ  •  Anthony Graffeo  •  A+ Technology Solutions  •  John Durso  •  Craig Fligstein  •  Laurel Environmental Associates
Long Island Federation of Labor  •  Lynda Hullstrung  •  Salvatore Matera  •  Brian Shea  •  TRC Companies  •  Rick Wertheim  •  BEB Capital  •  Michael Voltz



Craig Fligstein at 631-940-3752 or