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National Grid Grant Assists Expansion Plans

National Grid Grant Assists  Expansion Plans

National Grid today awarded a $250,000 grant from its Strategic Economic Development Outreach program to Unifrax to assist in that company’s $6.9 million expansion project that was recently completed at its Tonawanda facility.  The economic development grant was an influential factor for Unifrax for selecting the Tonawanda site for the expansion as various other international and domestic locations also were considered.

“National Grid is pleased that our investment in Unifrax will help retain 144 good jobs in the region,” said Dennis Elsenbeck, regional executive for National Grid in Western New York.  “The opportunity to help a company strengthen its market position and solidify its operations in Western New York were key factors we considered in awarding this grant.” 

National Grid Offers Energy, Money-Saving Tips for Safe, Bright Holiday

National Grid Offers Energy, Money-Saving Tips for Safe, Bright Holiday

National Grid customers don’t have to be Scrooges to save money on lighting and festivities this holiday season.  By following some simple energy efficiency and safety tips, customers can benefit from a more environmentally friendly, safe and cost-effective season.


Save Big on Lighting

Over the past few years, new lighting alternatives have become available that may cost more initially, but cost much less to maintain and operate.  Energy-efficient miniature or light-emitting diode (LED) lights use considerably less energy than traditional lighting technology. The list below provides customers with the potential costs associated with each type of lighting.

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.