Community Development

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County’s Community Development work focuses on energy conservation education, regional renewable energy education, local food education, mental health and organizational planning and development.

Community and Organizational Development programs provide education and assistance for strategic planning, project development, and organizational enhancement activities in community organizations and agencies.

Energy and Our Community

Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson County has extensive experience in the field of energy generation and use. We work to provide practical energy efficiency and renewable energy education that leads to positive benefits for families, businesses and our local economy.

Our previous programs, funded by NYSERDA included: Energy $mart Communities, Green Jobs-Green NY, EmPower & CEPREE provided real impacts residential, commercial and industrial energy consumers. Residential consumers that have utilized the Home Performance with Energy Star Program, save on average $800 annually, while similar initiatives for commercial and industrial consumers help moderate energy expenditures of local businesses, strengthening their bottom line.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson County continues to actively pursue opportunities that will allow us to provide our community with diverse energy education programming. We participate at the Cornell University level with the Energy & Climate Change Program Work Team and regionally with the Northern New York Energy Committee to bring together expertise and knowledge from energy experts in our region. Participation in these groups enables us to provide research-based knowledge for practical application to energy and climate change challenges faced by those in our community.

Although we no longer offer a direct consumer energy efficiency program, a wide-array of state programs are available to energy consumers in New York.

For residential customers:

Low-Income eligible households call 1-800-263-0960 for information on eligibility and to sign-up for the “EmPower” program.

All other households call 1-866-NYSERDA or visit to schedule a comprehensive home assessment.

For commercial and industrial consumers:

The North Country Economic Development Growth Extension Contractor can help you find solutions for your business.

Contact: Kimberly DesChamp, CITEC Energy Development Growth Extension Program Coordinator

Renewable energy incentives:

If you are interested in renewable energy opportunities, visit or call 1-866-NYSERDA


Stephanie Graf
Youth, Family & Community Development Issue Leader
(315) 788-8450 ext. 251

Last updated July 18, 2017