Social Enterprise


Launching alumni careers.

Social Enterprise Programs

GCF alumni gain sectoral work experience through the Illuminators, GCF’s social enterprise. Working with NYCHA, NYSERDA, private energy services companies and other entities we provide sub-contracted energy services that help low-to-moderate income families and small businesses save money and reduce energy consumption.

Social Enterprise

New York

Improve energy efficiency without spending a dime. Your household may be eligible to receive energy-efficient light bulbs and an Energy Star refrigerator, lowering your energy, bill thanks to the NYSERDA EmPower NY Program.

To learn more, contact

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, GCF’s Social Enterprise is pausing all EmPower operations until further notice. 


How it Works


Step 1:
Speak with a GCF Illuminator over the phone to set up a free 30-60 minute home energy assessment.


Step 2:
Have a GCF energy auditor visit your home to evaluate your electricity and gas usage, including:

  • Measuring the energy use of your refrigerators and freezers;
  • Assessing the need for high efficiency showerheads and light bulbs; and
  • Checking for carbon monoxide and gas leaks (if natural gas or propane are used in your home).


Step 3:
Receive energy upgrades at no cost, if applicable. Upgrades include:

  • New ENERGY STAR refrigerators and freezers
  • 16 high efficiency LED light bulbs
  • Water-saving showerheads
  • CO and smoke detectors


Client Eligibility

Whether you are a homeowner or renter, you must meet the following requirements to qualify for EmPowerNY under the GCF partnership. You must:

  • Live in a home or building with 100 units or fewer;
  • Have a household income below 60 percent of the state median income (see the chart below to see if your income fits EmPowerNY guidelines); and
  • Be an electricity customer of Con Edison.


Helping contractors achieve Section 3 requirements

GCF partners with private companies to identify, train and develop the next generation of energy efficiency practitioners through our graduates. These positions are a springboard for more career opportunities, while helping contractors achieve and exceed Section 3 hiring requirements.


Making affordable housing sustainable

GCF provides energy services directly to low-income and NYC Housing Authority residents, helping reduce energy use and costs through a combination of education and energy efficiency upgrades within homes and common areas.


To learn more about GCF efforts, contact