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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.

Sustainable Energy Association Honors Solar Homes and Green Buildings

BUFFALO, NY-- The Western New York Sustainable Energy Association will honor three buildings for outstanding leadership in WNY for the use of energy-efficient building methods.

Daemen College is being honored for achieving LEED Gold Certification for its new Research & Information Center at 4380 Main Street. Daemen is being commended for creating an energy-efficient building that incorporates day lighting and many other sustainable features.

By rehabiliating existing buildings instead of demolishing them, the energy previously expended to build them, known as "embodied energy" is saved and further enhanced by incorporating renewable energy.

Aaron Bartley of PUSH (People United for Sustainable Housing) is being honored for converting an older house at 10 Winter Street in Buffalo to a NET-ZERO energy home.

Saturday is 'Electronic Recycling Day' in Tonawanda

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, R-Tonawanda, reminds residents to gather all unwanted computer and electronic items for an Electronic Recycling Day planned for Saturday.

Sponsored by Erie County, General Motors and UAW, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at GM Tonawanda Engine Plant #5, 280 Vulcan St., between Niagara Street/River Road and Kenmore Avenue.

Items that will be accepted include: computers, monitors, terminals, network equipment, keyboards, mice, other accessories, and printers/scanners. Also, cell phones, iPods, VCRs/DVD players, fax machines, circuit boards, video game systems, batteries and universal power supplies.

Televisions will be accepted for a $5 charge. Participants may be required to verify that materials are generated by households.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Weekend Attractions

Coming Saturday, September 18, to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market: A beer brewing demonstration with Community Beer Works, and wine-tasting courtesy of Schultze Vineyards & Winery and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery! Feed Your Soul will also be touring the Market with Chef Steven Gedra of Bistro Europa. Sounds like the makings of a memorable day!

Legislator Dixon Seeks Volunteers for Sept. 18 Great Lakes Beach Sweep

25 Annual Beach Sweep

Legislator Dixon seeks volunteers for Great Lakes Beach Sweep

 Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, District 12, is seeking volunteers to join her for the 25th annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 18 at Woodlawn State Park, 3580 Lake Shore Road in Blasdell.   Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to come and help out.

“The district that I represent borders Lake Erie so I know the struggles associated with keeping the shores clear of debris. Maintaining the lake’s natural beauty should be a priority for everyone in our area,” Legislator Dixon said. “I am ready to tackle the trash problem that has been affecting our shoreline and I hope many of you will also volunteer to help during the Great Lakes Beach Sweep.”

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Seeks Help to 'Releaf' Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The 2006 October Storm destroyed 33,000 trees in our Olmsted Parks. One vote on line per day at the Pepsi Refresh Project website can help the Conservancy win $50,000 to plant 1,000 trees over the next year. 

Just go to www.refresheverything.com/releafbuffalo or text 102378 to PEPSI (73774) to vote today and every day in the month of September. 

Your votes help Buffalo now, and for the future. A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs. per year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two human beings.  

Buffalo City Mission Receives Major Cost Saving Upgrade

New York State Sen. Antoine Thompson and representatives from Solar Liberty and the Buffalo City Mission “flipped the switch” today on a new solar energy system that provides a valuable source of electricity for the area’s largest homeless shelter.

The 204-panel rooftop system is expected to produce 53,600 kWh of electricity per year, approximately 16 percent of the building’s electrical usage. At current electrical rates, the system will save the Mission an estimated $6,700 in utility costs in its first year and is expected to increase each year if energy prices rise.

“Aside from the immediate cost savings, the City Mission is now a much greener building,” said Solar Liberty CEO Adam Rizzo.