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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. 

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$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.

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.