Writers Group

Climate and Clean Energy Writers Group:  A public education and outreach project of the Sierra Club Niagara Group Energy Committee.

Upcoming Meeting

Climate and Clean Energy Writers Group

Monday, April 6th, 2015, 6:00

Session will feature a presentation on  “Bomb Trains”

Are the trains carrying volatile oil through Buffalo every day a danger? Come hear…

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Rita Yelda (WNY Drilling Defense) , Charley Bowman (WNY Peace Center Renewable Energy Task Force) and Jean Dickson (a neighbor of the oil train route in Buffalo) will be presenting on Bomb Trains

The issue of explosions and devastation resulting from transporting oil via trains is in the news lately – find out what it’s all about and what the local dangers may be.
WNY Drilling Defense says: “According to the Wall Street Journal, Erie County sees about 27.5 trains weekly carrying Bakken crude oil. Oil trains are more than a mile-long with 100+ cars, which only concentrates the risk of an accident..” 

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

Recent Monthly Meeting Topics: 

March 2015 Aaron Bartley, Executive Director of PUSH Buffalo gave an informative and engaging report of his visit to Germany where he witnessed entire communities that produce, maintain, distribute, and sell their own renewable energy. We heard what he learned and how PUSH Buffalo sees it applying to WNY.

January 2014 The presenter was Walter Simpson former UB Energy Officer and Director of UB Green. His presentation was titled “The Case for Renewable Energy”.

December 2014 The presenter was Dave Majewski of  Premium Services, Inc. His topic was mitigating climate change by pulling existing GHGs from the atmosphere.

November 2014 – Bill Nowak answered many questions with his presentation on geothermal for heating and cooling, explaining how a system works and the important role of geothermal as part of a sustainable energy future.


MAKE A DIFFERENCE – The Sierra Club has set up a Climate and Clean Energy Writers Group to encourage a stronger voice for local advocates in the regional dialogue on climate change and renewable energy.  We meet 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.

We are seeking writers of all ages and are very interested in getting the word out via various media, including print and the internet.  If you would like to write, critique writing, or track local news items, please let us know via email c/o billnowa@gmail.com.

What is the process:

You are encouraged at any time to write letters to the editor, op eds, blogs – any way to express your opinion about climate and clean energy issues.

There is no process required.  If you would like us to help you with fact checking or editing, or any form of encouragement, please contact billnowa@gmail.com.

The monthly meetings are meant to provide stimulating information and a chance to talk together, but If you can’t make a given meeting, don’t let that stop you from expressing yourself.


Guidelines for articles and letters to the Buffalo News can be found here.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz has set up a great page laying out how to write letters to the editor to local media here.

Writer’s Group Links can be found here.

Meeting Info:

We meet the first Monday of each month.

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

Place: The Alliance Room on the 2nd floor at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 695 Elmwood at Ferry – enter through the garden courtyard doors

Co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo (UUCB) Social Justice Task Force!