Projects

Projects

BluePrint Bikes!  Currently In Progress

Linking bikes that have been outgrown with kids who are still growing!  BluePrint believes every kid deserves a bike, and we’re working to make sure that used bikes find new life.

If you are in need of a bike, please complete our application form.  If you have a bike you’d like to donate, please send us an email!

 

Project 36:  Summer Preservation Apprenticeships

This summer, volunteer mentors from the building trades worked with underemployed young adults in Geneva to learn the basics of carpentry,

with an historic preservation focus, as they rebuilt a porch in the City. The homeowner, who otherwise could not afford the repairs to the dilapidated structure, made the property available as a training ground for the youth, while the apprentice crew worked their collective magic.

The program ran three days per week for five weeks.  Members of the apprentice crew were selected via Ontario County’s Summer Youth Work Program.  In addition to developing skills in the building trades, the program focused on healthy work habits, job site responsibilities, and effective personal development. Studies show that proper nutrition is essential to both learning and job performance.   We are grateful to our project partners!

 

 

 

State Street HousingOn Hold Pending DEC Remediation

Construction of small affordable housing units with a common building for                                                                              additional space, providing homes in close proximity to downtown built for sustainability and community.  Solar panels double as carports, common building includes individual storage units/workshops for each unit as well as second story suites for reservation by guests of owners.   Monthly cost of each unit includes utilities and fees for common space maintenance and upkeep at a price point lower than most rental units, allowing people to own their home and build equity within their current budget.

 

Community Solar AssetsIn Progress

If you want solar power for your home, you have to either purchase (outright or with financing) panels to be installed at your home or buy panels at a solar farm.  But for many families, this expense doesn’t fit within their budget.  Does this mean that renewable energy is a luxury?  Does this mean that renters, for whom home installation is not an option, are closed out of this resource?  For low-income families, non-refundable tax credits aren’t going to help to make the numbers work to invest in solar, so are they denied access, too?  BluePrint is seeking to develop a community solar installation which will provide power to all who are interested.  By shouldering the cost of the installation and maintenance, BluePrint can make solar energy accessible and affordable to renters and low-income homeowners alike.  It’s a democratization of energy!

 

 

Access to TechnologyIn Progress

Closing the “digital divide” can be done with creative solutions and partnerships between the private and non-profit sector.  BluePrint is developing a demonstration program to bring reliable internet to neighborhoods that are currently underserved.