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Do You Know Your River? River Academy Registration Now Open!

Do You Know Your River?  River Academy Registration Now Open!

Have you ever wondered how the Niagara River works?  What animals and plants depend upon our unique stretch of the Great Lakes system?  How much has the River recovered from past abuses, and what are the most pressing current concerns? 

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s new River Academy is a comprehensive training course that provides an introduction to our Niagara River watershed through classes in stream science, stream restoration and watershed management.  Academy students will experience field-oriented class sessions with local experts as well as hands-on restoration workshops on Niagara River tributaries.  All students will receive a certificate of completion upon finishing the course. 

McKibben Decries Failure to Act on Global Warming

This article originally appeared on the website of Grow WNY

Those who attended the 2010 WNY Environmental Congress November 13 at City Honors had the honor to hear renowned writer and climate activist Bill McKibben address the climate change problem.

While the WNY Environmental Alliance, the main sponsor of the event, may be planning to release a report about or video or audio of McKibben’s excellent talk, we thought it would be helpful if we did a quick summary to share with those who missed the presentation.  That summary is below.

Whether you attended or not, please feel free to use and distribute this information if you find it helpful.

Click here to read the summary of Mr. McKibben’s remarks.

Buffalo First Names New Executive Director

This article originally appeared on Grow WNY

Buffalo First's eight-member Board of Directors recently named Sarah Bishop as executive director. Bishop joined Buffalo First in March 2010 as education coordinator and took over leadership in July when the organization's founding executive director Amy Kedron stepped down to complete her Ph.D. research. Supported by the executive committee, Bishop quickly demonstrated her commitment and ability to continue Kedron's legacy.

Buffalo First is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization composed of local independent businesses, organizations and concerned citizens. 

Click here for the complete story.

$1.7 Million in Grants for Lake Erie Research Projects

Buffalo State's Great Lakes Center received three grants totaling $1.7 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office. The highly competitive grants, awarded through the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), were awarded to projects that address the most significant Great Lakes ecosystem problems, including invasive species, lake health, and pollution from many different sources.

“Buffalo State was the only college in Western New York to receive three grants,” said Alexander Karatayev, the center's director and a research scientist. “We have been working on these issues, and the GLRI funding is allowing us to build on our success.” All three efforts will be collaborations among the center’s research scientists and Buffalo State faculty members, as well as researchers from other institutions.

EARTHLINGS Screening at The Screening Room

There will be a FREE screening of Earthlings held at The Screening Room, located at 3131 Sheridan Drive on Monday November 22nd at 6pm. Snacks will be available. Donations are appreciated, and will be collected with half being donated to Nation Earth, the makers of the film, and the other to Farm Sanctuary. (See the official trailer after the fold. )

On the Earthlings site, the film is described as follows:

"EARTHLINGS is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made, EARTHLINGS is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs.

Walsh Insurance Group Donates $50,000 to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

On Saturday, October 23rd, over 100 employees from the Walsh Insurance Group donated their time to plant 150 trees and dozens of flower bulbs along the ring road in Delaware Park.  These new trees and their maintenance will be paid for by a generous donation of $50,000 from the Walsh Insurance Group and their subsidiaries.

WNYSEA Solar Tour of Homes and Green Buildings

The Western New York Sustainable Energy Association is holding its' 15th Annual Tour Solar Homes and Green Buildings that will have a kick-off press event on Saturday, October 2nd at 10 am at the renovated 1926  former warehouse at 95 Perry Street. This is a part of the National Tour of Solar Homes and Green Buildings. The Solar Tour is self guided, free, and open to the public. The list of 25 local Solar Tour and Green Building participants is here.

The 2010 Solar Tour of Homes and Green Buildings
Free and Open to the Public on Saturday, October 2, 10 am - 4 pm
Over 25 Sites around Western New York

Come join Us for the 2010 Solar Tour of Homes and Green Buildings
Press Event on October 2nd at 10am at 95 Perry Street in Buffalo.