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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!!


March 1, 2015

The Buffalo History Museum

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climate change josh foxConceived and directed by Oscar-Nominated and Emmy-Winning filmmaker and activist Josh Fox, The Solutions Grassroots Tour:  “A Solar Home Companion” combines classic storytelling and great music with roll-up-your sleeves organizing to look at the impacts of fossil fuel development and provide a vision for developing renewable energy like no other event on the planet.

This program was sponsored in Buffalo by: Sierra Club Niagara Group; UB School of Architecture and Planning, WNY Environmental Alliance

Additional Sponsors included: League of Women Voters, Buffalo Niagara; Renewable Energy Task Force, WNY Peace Center; WNY Drilling Defense

Energy Committee Meeting

Monday March 9, 2015,  6:00

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.

Among other topics, this month we will discuss our role in following up on the great ideas presented by Josh Fox and Zephyr Teachout at our “Solar Home Companion” event. Join us as we work on renewable energy solutions here in WNY.

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

 Our next Writers Group Session will feature a presentation on the “Bomb Trains” that are traveling through WNY

Monday, April 6th, 2015

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!

 Our monthly Writers Group Sessions are 6:00-7:30 PM Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood at Ferry, use Garden Entrance,  upstairs in Alliance Room. All are welcome to attend.


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!

renew energyTHURSDAY, 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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