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Group Meeting

May 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Daemen College, Main Street, Amherst, NY

Room 227 (note room change  this month), Dun Scotus Hall.

Packed with discussion of current environmental issues. Meet other people and learn about on- going issues and local campaigns. All meetings are open to the public, so come join us. We look forward to meeting you.

Writers Group

June 1, 2015

The Writers Group meets monthly to hear a short presentation on a relevant topic, discuss energy related news, letters and articles, and encourage each other to write for publication on topics of interest. All are welcome to attend.

6:00-7:30 PM Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood at Ferry, use Garden Entrance,  upstairs in Alliance Room

Somerset Lighthouse Wind Project

Wind Turbines

The Sierra Club strongly endorses wind energy as one of the forms of energy generation that will be required to move us off fossil fuels.  However, neither the Niagara Group nor national Sierra Club have endorsed the Lighthouse Project proposed by Apex at this time because the process is just beginning and we will wait to see the final siting and plan before we give our endorsement.  However, we actively work to promote the benefits of wind as a necessary strategy and to rebut all forms of misinformation circulated by individuals and groups.

For more information visit our: Wind Energy page

 Energy Committee Meeting

 Monday June 8, 2015,  6:00

renew energy

Our monthly Energy Committee meetings focus on renewable energy solutions to climate change. We meet on the second Monday of each month. All are welcome to join us.

Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood at Ferry, use Garden Entrance,  upstairs in Alliance Room

 Our Annual Dinner

Sierra Club recognizes award recipients for their environmental efforts

Paul McDonnell and Richard Steinberg were two of the three men honored with the Blake Reeves Award for Leadership from the Sierra Club Niagara Group on Thursday for their work to install solar panels in about 20 buildings in Buffalo public schools. Jason McCarthy, the district’s North District school board member, was also honored but was not present. (Photo by T.J. Pignataro)

Paul McDonnell and Richard Steinberg were two of the three men honored with the Blake Reeves Award for Leadership from the Sierra Club Niagara Group on Thursday for their work to install solar panels in about 20 buildings in Buffalo public schools. Jason McCarthy, the district’s North District school board member, was also honored but was not present. (Photo by T.J. Pignataro)

We heard a great presentation about the imperative of “Just Transitions” from Erin Heaney, Executive Director of the Clean Air Coalition. She acknowledged the imperative to move off fossil fuels to address climate change, but addressed how the move can impact workers and communities unfairly and the responsibility and solutions to address this.

Congratulations to our Award Recipients!

The Blake Reeves Award to the Buffalo Public Schools – In recognition of the Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)  The Solar Array will have solar panels on 20 solarBuffalo Public Schools. We particularly recognized Paul McDonnell, Director of Facilities Planning Design and Construction, Jason McCarthy of the School Board, and Richard Steinberg, a Sierra Club Member.

Bruce Kershner Award to Charley Bowman – For leadership in working with many climate change issues and his concerns for justice and peace being central to the mission of climate justice

See T.J. Pinataro’s Buffalo News coverage here


Time to Reclaim 9000 acres in Allegany State Park from Gas Leases!

Take action today and send a letter to Governor Cuomo and the NY Office of Parallegheny mapks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, expressing opposition to public park land being put to industrial use. The gas storage facility in the Allegany State Park damages natural resources. Our New York State Parks are treasures that belong to the people of New York. They offer peace and tranquility for hiking, camping, canoeing, and the enjoyment of a natural setting. Our parks were never intended for industrial use.

The trees that grow in the park have become victims of clearcutting leaving barren patches around the 14 storage well heads. A tangle of roads slices up the forest. Counting roads and well heads, 50 of the 9000 acres have been stripped of their trees.  What could be a hundred-year-old intact forest has fallen victim to the fossil fuel industry.

Take action today! 

Allegeny treesGo HERE to sign the petition on the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter website.

And click here to send a letter to Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Harvey (NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation). 


Zephyr 2 Josh Fox ch2Check out the great interviews with Josh and Zephyr, done by Franco Ardito of Channel 2 News. They each share their enthusiasm and impressive insights on the need for, and far reaching possibilities for renewable energy in NY!

Thank you to Zephyr Teachout, Josh Fox and their crew for coming to Buffalo and presenting this wonderful show!!

Here is a quick and easy way you can do your part and sign up for renewable energy!

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Thank you to Aaron Bartley for an engaging and informative presentation at our March Writers Group Session!

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 What can we learn from Germany?  Aaron recently traveled to Germany and witnessed entire communities that produce, maintain, distribute, and sell their own renewable energy.   His presentation covered what he learned and how PUSH Buffalo sees it applying to WNY! Aaron’s talk can now be seen here on the Peace Center’s: youtube channel


The New York State Public Service Commission is holding forums and public statement hearings across the State to seek public input and comment on the Commission’s regulatory component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s overall strategic energy plan, Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV.

We Raised Our Voices at the NYS PSC Hearing!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29 2015 Buffalo Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY

Thank you to all for our impressive presence and voices! 

Here is a sampling of comments made at the Buffalo REV Hearings:

Lynda Schneekloth, Chair Sierra Club Niagara Group

Larry Beahan          Roger Cook          Sara Schultz          Diana Strablow          David Kowalski

Best wishes to New York City, Kingston, Albany, and Yonkers as the hearings move on. May all our voices be heard and inspire needed revisions to the REV!

Read an informative editorial by Larry Beahan:  PSC offers only a weak opportunity to influence big change in power systems

Alliance for a Green Economy has a very useful explanation of REV that can be found here:  AGREE New York

Want to be sure that NYS Moves to Renewable Energy and that it is Affordable? Want to transform the energy system so that it is more democratic?

Submit comments online: Help to ensure a democratic and renewable energy system!

WNY needs Sierra Club members to put pressure on the Public Service Commission (PSC) to include the PUBLIC in the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).  New York State is writing the rules of how electricity works and who will have access and control over renewable energy—and all of it has been behind closed doors with utility companies and industry, no community.  We want to make our voices heard.  Please use the link below to ask the Public Service Commission to SLOW the process down and actively seek community input! We know what we need and want in our community – clean, renewable energy produced in a democratic and distributed system.

Please use this link to comment. Your voice matters!

Find more information on Reforming the Energy Vision Hearings: 2015 01 08 Press release on public statement hearing

Go here for suggested comments and topics.


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The Sierra Club Niagara Group is working with the Western New York Environmental Alliance, the Friends of Time’s Beach, Riverkeeper and Park for the 21st Century for a Green Outer Harbor without Condos. Please consider signing their petitions below and ASK ALL YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA FRIENDS TO DO LIKEWISE. and


Zach, a student at SUNY Fredonia has asked us to support his campaign calling on the SUNY system to divest from fossil fuels.



Because divestment is the most effective way for our campuses to go fossil free and lead the way for sustainable energy across campuses nationwide, we call on the entire network of SUNY universities to…         Sign the Petition Here


…and a huge thank you to our generous supporters!

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Sierra Club and local unions provided broad support of The People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. Over 400,000 people attended! Locally, several unions contributed to the cause including SEIU 1199, Buffalo Teachers Federation and Public Employees Federation (PEF) Region 1. A special thanks to the United Healthcare Workers East, SEIU 1199, for their generous contribution of $2500 to provide bus transportation and scholarships to students for the round trip between Buffalo and NYC. Above, SEIU Vice President Todd Hobler (center) is presenting the check to Larry Snider, Treasurer of the Sierra Club Niagara Group while Chair Lynda Schneekloth looks on. THANK YOU 1199!!


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We marched for climate justice, economic justice, social justice and peace!

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we took a stand to bend the course of history. We took to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach:  a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. See more about the People’s Climate March and our participation here.

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