WESTPORT, Conn. — International Exposition Co., producer of the 2014 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) set for Jan. 21-23 in New York City, announced that $12,525 will be donated to the Youth Action YouthBuild (YAYB) organization based in New York City’s East Harlem community.

The $12,525 donation is funded by entry fees from the 2014 AHR Expo Innovation Awards competition. The AHR Expo donates the entry fees every year to not-for-profit organizations in cities where the expo is being held. Since its inception, more than $125,000 has been donated to organizations throughout the United States.

For more than 35 years, YAYB has been dedicated to providing education, training, and leadership opportunities to thousands of low-income young adults while engaging them in the creation of affordable housing. The donation from AHR Expo will be used to help upgrade the HVAC systems of the homes YAYB is building or renovating.

YAYB has been so successful that there are now 273 YouthBuild programs in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and 16 more countries. Since 1994, over 100,000 YouthBuild students have built 20,000 units of affordable, increasingly green housing.

“We are delighted that such a worthwhile organization will be able to use this money to improve the lives of deserving individuals, and for its commitment to green construction and smart energy reduction in affordable models,” said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Co.

For more information on the AHR Expo, visit www.ahrexpo.com.

Publication date: 1/6/2014

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