Thursday, April 28, 2011

GREEN EXPO - Saturday, April 30 - Walden Galleria

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Something GREEN for Everyone! Learn about the Eco-Art & Fashion Shows, Recycling of bikes, electronics and musical instuments, Youth events, Exhibitors, the Location, and exhibitor Registration. Fun for the whole family!

Please visit the GREEN EXPO website for updates on events.

Watch a Video previewing the GREEN EXPO at (be patient -- it's slow to load).

CONTACT: Mary Fisher, Exhibitor Chair,
716-833-2929 ext 117

Community Forum: The Future of Fracking

News 970


Future of Fracking

Wednesday, May 4, at 7pm
WNED studios, 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo

Free and open to the public

  • An ample, clean, inexpensive energy source? Or, contaminated groundwater and environmental hazards?
  • What’s in store as New York communities consider extracting natural gas through hydraulic fracturing?
  • Already occurring in several states, fracking is currently on hold in New York, pending the results of an environmental impact study.

Be part of the studio audience for the live taping of this “Innovation Trail” community forum.

Featuring an expert panel and Q&A session with:

  • Martin Casstevens, director, Directed Energy
  • Sarah Eckel, legislative director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment
  • Michael Joy, oil and gas attorney, Biltekoff & Joy, LLP
(Additional panelists may be added.)

Host: WNED-AM 970’s Innovation Trail Reporter Daniel Robison

Information: 716-845-7040

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Green Drinks - Buffalo/Niagara Chapter

THURSDAY, April, 21, 6:00 PM

This is going to be a BIG event, so remember to bring plenty of business cards!

Please arrive before 6:30 p.m. - special Earth Day New Era caps are limited in supply!

We'll present the NFTA Good Going transportation awards, have a very short presentation of the web resource and plenty of good food, libation and live music too!

Details and map are here.

Public Workshop: Buffalo River Watershed Study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a stakeholder workshop.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
9:30am to 12pm
West Seneca Senior Center
4620 Seneca Street
West Seneca, NY 14224 [Map]

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District, is assessing the opportunity for a Buffalo River Watershed Study and has partnered with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper on this effort. This workshop is the first opportunity to collaborate ideas that will lead to the completion of a reconnaissance-level study by the USACE. Significant remediation and restoration projects are slated to be implemented in the watershed over the next three years and your input will help to identify problems and opportunities to build upon this success and improve the health of the watershed.

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the project and identify Buffalo River watershed concerns, opportunities and priorities. Your participation and input is requested as we work to identify problems and opportunities for protection and restoration of the water resources in your community.

The Buffalo River watershed encompasses nearly 280,000 acres (446 square miles) throughout Erie, Wyoming, and Genesee counties. The Buffalo River, and its three major tributaries (Buffalo Creek, Cayuga Creek, and Cazenovia Creek), flows through 21 municipalities prior to emptying into Lake Erie. [Click map to enlarge]

Please visit the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper website for additional information and to complete the Buffalo River Watershed Survey. We request that you complete the survey and bring it with you on the day of the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please return the survey via mail or email prior to April 30 , 2011 (submittal details included on survey form).

For questions, additional information, or to RSVP please contact Richard Tindell, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper at 716.852.7483 ext 14 or

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Free Conference: Great Lakes Wind Energy Development in NY State - April 12th

The Pace Energy and Climate Center, in collaboration with Citizens Campaign for the Environment and Alliance for Clean Energy New York, is hosting a free conference.

The conference is entitled “Great Lakes Wind Energy Development in New York State”. It will be held on April 12, 9am to 4pm, at the Center for Tomorrow on the University at Buffalo North campus.

Anyone interested in Great Lakes wind energy - students, government officials, local stakeholders, wind developers, etc. - is encouraged to attend. Please feel free to circulate this invitation.

The conference will include four panel presentations and discussions featuring speakers from industry, government and various stakeholder groups. Panelists will cover a range of issues pertaining to the proposed project including regulatory, technical, economic and environmental. Topics to be covered are listed here.

REGISTRATION: To register for the free conference, please click here.

Broderick Park: Spring Shoreline Sweep - April 16th

Every year around Earth Day, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper sponsors a "Spring Shoreline Sweep" to clean up the shorelines in Western New York.

This year, I am organizing the cleanup at Broderick Park, and I invite you to join me and my wife Janet on Saturday, April 16, 9:00am to noon.

Broderick Park is located at the end of West Ferry St. on the Niagara River (see MAP). Turn Left after you cross the bridge over Back Rock Canal.

The Shoreline Sweep does not involve hard work, just collecting debris by hand (gloves provided) or by rake (a few provided; bring one if possible). It is gratifying to help beautify the shoreline and prevent debris from entering our waterways.

Invite others to come too. Please email me
(David Kowalski, to register and let me know how many people will be coming.

At Broderick Park you'll see beautiful, views of the mighty Niagara River as well as Lake Erie. After the ice boom is removed from Lake Erie, massive ice floes can be seen moving rapidly down the Niagara River. On the east side of Squaw Island is the Black Rock Canal, where you'll often see crew teams rowing in synchrony. And when the cleanup is done, a walk out on to Bird Island Pier (see photo, below) is great fun.

Also, I invite you to come visit Broderick Park even if you are unable to do the cleanup. It is great to see friends in this outdoor setting, and the trip is worth the views.

Parking is available at the South end of Squaw Island, between Broderick Park and Bird Island Pier, and additional parking will be available in the Rich Products lot.

To learn about Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper events at other sites and Register, click here.

Buffalo ReUse: E-Waste Collection Event

On Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10am-2pm, Buffalo ReUSE will offer an opportunity to safely dispose of old TVs, computers, and other electronics at their retail store, located at 298 Northampton St., Buffalo [Map].

This event is held in honor of Earth Day and in partnership with Sunnking, a local electronics recycler.

In addition to reusable building materials and unwanted household items, Buffalo ReUSE will accept the following E-Waste:

Computers & Laptops -- Printers -- Keyboards & Mice -- Monitors (CRTs) -- Televisions -- Microwave Ovens (non PCB) -- Copiers -- Typewriters -- Fax Machines -- Cellular Phones & Pagers -- Audio & Video Equipment -- Telephone Equipment -- Laboratory & Test Equipment -- Circuit Boards (any kind) -- Cables/Wire -- Any item with a Circuit Board -- Batteries (charges may apply) -- Most Home Appliances

Additional E-Waste Day activities include building material recycling, worm composting, Tool Library tours, and Patchwork Garden sign up. Raised Garden Bed materials & Rain Barrels will be available for purchase.

Buffalo ReUSE is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization working to keep valuable building materials from landfills. Buffalo ReUse operates a building material resale store – open to the public six days a week – Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm. The Buffalo ReUSE store is fully stocked with doors, windows, plumbing, tubs, tile, cabinets, furniture, fixtures, and more.

Buffalo ReUse accepts unwanted and reusable building material donations at the 298 Northampton St location. All donations are tax-deductible. Pickups can be scheduled by calling (716) 882-2800. Sorry, pick-ups not available for e-waste event.

For more information, please call Buffalo ReUSE at (716) 882-2800 or email at

Buffalo Niagara GREEN EXPO - April 30th

You are cordially invited to attend the annual Buffalo Niagara GREEN EXPO. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 30th from 10am to 6pm.

Save the date and please share this printable flyer with your “green minded” friends.

This year there will be many of the same great exhibitors as last year, and some great new exhibitors as well! There are a few tables left for additional exhibitors with green products, green ideas and green projects.

The GREEN EXPO is hosting some great new components this year including:
  • Electronic Recycling by Sunnking Electronics (9am-1pm) to benefit Camp Good Days & Special Times thru their E-Scrap for Camp Program
  • UNYTS will host a blood drive (10am-5pm)
  • Music Is Art will collect instruments (10am-6pm) for their school program
  • Green Options Buffalo will collect bicycles (9am-1pm) for their Recycle-A-Bicycle program
  • Eco-art & Eco-fashion components
  • Kids zone/Teen zone with
  • Rain Barrel Display & Contest (painted by students) from Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Please visit the GREEN EXPO website for updates on events. Click the tabs at the top for information on Eco-Art & Fashion, Recycle, Youth, Exhibitors, Location, and exhibitor Registration.

CONTACT: Mary Fisher, Exhibitor Chair,
716-833-2929 ext 117