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Published on September 17th, 2013 | by growwny

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An Exciting Eco-Event Calendar for Fall 2013

BY ART WHEATON, CHAIR OF THE URBAN REGENERATION WORKING GROUP OF THE WNY ENVIRONMENTAL ALLIANCE

September brings cooler temperatures, the start of the school year and many environmental events in Western New York. The Western New York Apollo Alliance and The Worker Institute at Cornell are two co-sponsors of the 9th Annual Environmental Summit at Daemen College.  The event brings environmentally focused organizations together to network and learn best practices from various Western New York experts.

This year’s summit, “Food for Thought: Safe and Green for the Future,” will be held September 28th from 9AM to 12:30PM at the Wick Student Center, Daemen College, Amherst, NY. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Nellie J. Brown, CIH, Director of Workplace Health and Safety Programs at the Worker Institute, will give a presentation on how chemicals found in the products that we consume are interfering with the bodies’ natural processes. Art Wheaton, chair of the Urban Regeneration Working Group of the WNY Environmental Alliance will moderate the main panel “How Local Manufacturers are Addressing Sustainability,” featuring speakers from local businesses McCullagh Coffee, Perry’s Ice Cream and Rich Products.

In addition to the panel and workshop presentations, the Environmental Summit will also include an environmental exposition, electronic recycling drop off, and tours of Daemen College’s Ecotrail and LEED-certified buildings.

HECK_DC4_painter_for_HECKThe following Saturday, October 5th the Western New York Apollo Alliance will conduct its Annual Home Energy Conservation Kit (HECK) Project in Buffalo. The HECK project involves volunteers from Daemen College, University at Buffalo Engineers for a Sustainable World, DC4 Allied Trades painters union, Partnership for the Public Good and many others.

Volunteers help lower income residents near the South Campus of UB with free air sealing and baseline weatherization along with education for energy conservation. The HECK project will assemble at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street Saturday, October 5, 2013. Registration begins at 8:30AM and the work begins 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. There will be complimentary breakfast & lunch for all volunteers.

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A weatherization education and training session is provided for HECK volunteers and is recommended to participate in the project. The training date for volunteers is Tuesday, October 1st from 6:30pm – 8:00 pm at the Daemen College, Alumni Lounge, Wick Center, 4380 Main Street, Amherst, NY. For more information please contact Art Wheaton at acw18@cornell.edu.

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