Saturday, October 1, 2016

National Sierra Club President to Speak at Awards Dinner

Sierra Club Niagara Group 

Open to the Public

GUEST SPEAKER: Aaron Mair, President of the National Sierra Club

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

WHERE: Temple Beth Zion (auditorium), 805 Delaware Ave., Buffalo - See Map for location and Metro Rail Stations

AARON MAIR, President of the National Sierra Club, is from Schenectady, NY. He is an epidemiological-spatial analyst with the New York State Department of Health. Mair has spent over 30 years fighting for environmental and social justice and is a passionate and energetic speaker.

There will be a multi-course buffet dinner with donations for beer and wine servings. Ticket prices: $45 for those who can afford to support our fundraising efforts, and $25 for those who are students or on a fixed income. 

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Awards to Local Leaders:

This year's recipients of the Bruce Kershner Award for Conservation are:
  • PAUL DYSTER, Mayor, City of Niagara Falls
  • THOMAS DESANTIS, Senior Planner, City of Niagara Falls
  • BOB BAXTER, Niagara Heritage Partnership for their work on the restoration of the magnificent Niagara Gorge and the removal of the Robert Moses Parkway.
The Blake Reeves Award for Environmental Leadership is being awarded to individuals or organizations that have exhibited strong leadership in addressing a critical environmental issues. This year, the following union leaders will receive the award:
  • TODD HOBLER, Vice President of 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers United East for his leadership to protect Seneca Lake and in forging an alliance between 1199 SEIU and the Sierra Club in our campaign for climate justice
  • DEBORA HAYES, Area Director of the Communication Workers of America WNY District office for her leadership within CWA in building a partnership between her International Union and the Sierra Club in our fight for climate justice.

Drinking Water Contamination: "Hero of Flint" Lead Crisis to Deliver Distinguished Lecture at UB

Abstract: The 2001-2004 Washington D.C. lead in drinking water crisis (and its aftermath to the present day) is a unique case study in the history of engineering and scientific misconduct. The multi-year exposure of an unsuspecting population to very high levels of the best-known neurotoxin, was perpetrated by multiple government agencies whose sole mission was to protect the public health. These same agencies later published falsified research reports, covering up evidence of harm and justifying ill-conceived interventions wasting hundreds of millions of dollars and which created even more harm. 
Aspiring to uphold the duty of scientists and engineers to hold paramount the public good and welfare, Marc Edwards worked alongside collaborators in the public, press and in Congress for over a decade. Their efforts exposed some of the wrong-doing by the agencies and their “hired gun” consultants, who brazenly twisted science to obfuscate the truth of what occurred. 

These experiences raise concerns about the veracity of “research” conducted and funded by government agencies, especially in crisis situations when public harm has occurred, as well as the need for checks and balances on agency power.

To register for this free event, click here

About the RENEW Distinguished Lectures: The RENEW Distinguished Lecture Series seeks to promote dialogue and interaction with UB’s faculty & staff, students and the local community with renowned leaders in science, technology and policy in academia, industry and government.

About UB RENEW Institute: RENEW promotes interdisciplinary research activities to position UB as a global leader in select areas of energy, environment and water ( Through collaborative education and research, more than 100 faculty members from seven schools are focusing on the following areas: Next-Generation Materials for Energy, Environment & Water; Sustainable Urban Environments; Freshwater Coastal Ecosystems, Stormwater and Blue Economy; Environmental Exposures, Genomes and Health; and Climate Change & Socio-Economic Impacts.

PUBLIC MEETING: New Multimodal Transit Station Downtown

Panel Discussion of Book: HALF EARTH - Our Planet's Fight for Life

Town Hall: Effect of Big Media, Big Money on Political Campaigns

World on Your Plate: 13th Annual Conference on Food & Sustainable Living

OCT. 7 (EVENING) & OCT. 8 (ALL DAY), 2016

Friday, October 7th 2016

5:00 - Registration (outside social room) 
5:30 - Light Dinner 
6:00 - Panel: "Farm-to-Market: Issues and Challenges" 

(15 min break) 

7:15 Round table - NY Organic Action Plan with NOFA-NY

Saturday, October 8th 2016

8:30 - registration (Coffee & breakfast items) 
8:30 - Vendors (set-up at 8 am) 
9:00 - Welcome and Introductions 
9:15 -
Matthew Goldfarb (Fruition Seeds) "Resilient Seeds in a Changing Climate" 
10:45 to 11:45 -
Workshop Session I (9 workshops offered—see website)
12:00 to 1:00 
Workshop Session II (10 workshops offered—see website)
1:15 to 2:15 -
Organic Vegetarian Lunch 
2:30 -
Frances Moore Lappe (Small Planet Institute), "The Solution is on Your Plate" 
3:30 – Book-signing, raffle/auctions
4:00 to 5:00 - Celebration (
music, cider/wine & cheese)

$35 at the door or $30 for preregistration, $10 Friday only. 

Students with ID & preregistration are free.  Scholarships are available.

For information &/or to register:

Questions/comments/suggestions:  Eveline Hartz, or June Licence ( 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Rally & Press Conference: Stop the Fracked Gas Pipeline

Climate Justice Coalition of WNY 

Northern Access 2016 Pipeline 
Press Conference and Rally 

Friday 4:00 pm in Wheatfield, NY  



2251 Liberty Drive, Wheatfield, NY 

Friday, September 30, 2016 at 4:00 PM 

We will gather at the proposed site of the dehydration station to show Western NY stands together to say NO to National Fuel’s proposed Northern Access Pipeline

We have worked for months to connect the pieces of National Fuel’s proposed Northern Access 2016 Pipeline scattered throughout Western NY. We have found residents in Pendleton and Wheatfield spending endless hours and energy to protect their neighborhoods and families from the dangers of compressor and dehydration stations. We have found residents in Elma unaware of the significant expansion of a compressor just feet away from their homes.

All along the the 97 miles of pipeline are stories of farmers and landowners being threatened by National Fuel with eminent domain proceedings. We see grave threats to our precious waterways all through the beautiful landscape of WNY as this project would cross 180 streams and 270 wetlands before the fracked gas makes its way under the Niagara River and into Canada.



We will come together to call on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Governor Cuomo, and the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation to say NO to this project. This project is solely for the profit of National Fuel. There is no need and necessity for this project that warrants endangering our communities, our precious water, air and natural environment.

Concerned Western NY residents
Wheatfield Action Team
Pendleton Action Team
Sierra Club Niagara Group Contact:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Annual Awards Dinner to Honor Local Environmental Leaders and Feature President of National Sierra Club - Open to Public

Special Event ~ Please join us!

2016 Sierra Club Niagara Group 

Annual Awards Dinner

Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 6 pm
Temple Beth Zion (auditorium), 805 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo [Map]

With Special Guest Speaker 

Aaron Mair, President, National Sierra Club

Aaron is from Schenectady, NY, and is an epidemiological-spatial analyst with the NewAaron Mair 2York State Department of Health. His background and experience includes more than three decades of environmental activism and over 25 years as a Sierra Club volunteer leader where he has worked diligently for environmental justice.
The program honors local Environmental Leaders in government and labor including Paul Dyster (Niagara Falls Mayor),  Thomas DeSantis (Senior Planner of Niagara Falls), Bob Baxter (Niagara Heritage Partnership), Todd Hobler (VP of 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers United East) and Debora Hayes (Area Director of the Communication Workers of America). 
We are offering a multi-course buffet dinner with cash bar. We have two ticket prices: $45 for those who can afford to support our fundraising efforts, and $25 for those who are students or on a fixed income. More dinner details here.
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