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    Featured partner: the Niagara Sierra Club!

    Not many people know enough about the Sierra Club, their history, mission and amazing influence. The Sierra Club was founded by the legendary John Muir in 1892. They have grown to become the nation's largest grassroots environmental justice organization in the country. Among many accomplishments, they spearheaded the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.  Right here in Buffalo New York, there's an active chapter that has been a driving force behind important campaigns like Rise Up For Climate Justice. Want to learn more? Two meetings are coming up soon!

    • Group Meeting August 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Daemen College, Main Street, Amherst, NY, United StatesMeetings held in Room 227, 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.
    • Energy Committee MeetingSeptember 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm UU Church 695 Elmwood Ave. 2nd floor, Use side garden entrance All are welcome to join us as we work for renewable energy solutions to climate change.
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    Caribbean Experience Goes Green!

    Caribbean Experience has gone GREEN with the help of PUSH Green's Building Retrofit Grant Program.  Come out and show your support for Caribbean Experience, the 2015 winner of Best Jerk. Hyacinth Patterson recently completed her combined energy efficiency and building repair project last month using NYSERDA's On-Bill Recovery program.  PUSH Green helps small businesses so give us a call to start your free energy assessment and see if you qualify for our building repair grant.

    Contact Sheila at sheila@pushbuffalo.org to get help for your small business!

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    Meet the Andujar Family!

    Mom Iris and her son Nathaniel have lived on the West Side of Buffalo for decades. Two years ago, they were able to purchase a home that they had rented years earlier. The first winter revealed a leaking roof which they were unable to afford to repair. Too many of our neighbors have similar issues, structural repair needs that are beyond their budget, and that sadly keep them from accessing energy efficiency programs. The folks that could benefit most from energy efficiency are left out. So, we created the Warm & Dry on the West Side Initiative!

    For the Andujar's, we were able to use our funding to repair the roof and other structural issues, and then we worked with them to access weatherization, appliance upgrades and insulation through NYSERDA. Now cold rooms and drafts are a thing of the past, and they are living greener, healthier and more sustainably. Not only that, helping homeowners stay in their homes makes our community stable and healthy. When you factor in the value of reducing our carbon footprint and creating good paying green jobs - it's a win-win-win!



  • PUSH Green Looking for New Solar Energy Advocate

    PUSH Green looking for a new team member to help with getting our new solar energy program off the ground. Here's a link to the application/job description download. This is a full-time position. The respondents should send resumes along with cover letters to jason@pushbuffalo.org by no later than July 25, 2016



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    Call To Action! NO Gas Rate Hike!

    National Fuel Gas Co. recently announced that they will be seeking to increase our utility bills by nearly 8%, while too many of us are already struggling to afford rent and other necessities. Our rents keep rising because of gentrification, and we're already stuck paying more to heat homes that are old, drafty and inefficient with energy. Based on average rents in Buffalo today, a couple both working full time at minimum wage can expect to spend almost half of income on rent - now we're being asked to put more of our money into repairing and expanding the pipelines! CEO Ronald Tanski makes $6.7 million last year, over $3200 an hour, he can certainly afford to put some of National Fuel's profits into maintaining and improving the pipelines. Mr Tanski apparently wants to take the profit and put the responsibility back onto the ratepayers - that ain't right!

    Yesterday, concerned community members gathered at the Amherst Municipal Building for a public hearing with National Fuel to say "No rate hike!" For more photos of the hearing click here. To learn more about this fight and get involved, contact PUSH Community Organizers Brenda or John at (716) 884-0356 and visit our website for updates and ways you can help!

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    URGENT CALL TO ACTION! Call to support Senate Bill S.8005!

    Recently, PUSH Buffalo and a host of organizations championing #NYRenews from across New York State converged in Albany NY to demand passage of a historic Climate Justice Act - and we won!

    The fight hasn't ended yet though. The companion bill, S.8005, needs sponsorship in the NYS Senate. We have to ACT TODAY, call these Senators and voice our support! 

    The NYS Renews steering committee is asking us to call our local Republican Senators TODAY, Monday, June 13th and ask them to co-sponsor Senate bill S. 8005.  It’s the companion bill to the Assembly bill A. 10342, the NYS Climate and Community Protection Act which passed in the Assembly on June 1st after our rally in Albany.  The Senators are in their home offices today.

    WHY THIS CALL IS IMPORTANT:  We have 3 days left until the end of session.  We need a majority of the Senators to get this bill on the floor for a vote.  That means we need 33 co-sponsors—we’re close and we have 3 Republican Senate co-sponsors:  Senators Phil Boyle, Carl Marcellino and Jack Martins.  But we need more Republicans and are being asked to contact NYS Senators Patrick Gallivan (R-West Seneca, Lancaster, Warsaw.  .  .) andRobert Ortt (Niagara/Orleans Counties).

    WHO SHOULD CALL?  Any of us who support the NYS Climate and Community Protection Act.  If you live in the Senator’s district, it’s important to tell him or his aide that you do and give them your address.   If you don’t live in the district, tell them that you are active in one of the coalition organizations that supports the bill (e.g., Sierra Club, PUSH, Climate Action Coalition, CWA, NYSNA, etc.).  If you have friends who live in their district, ask them to call.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU SAY?  Tell them you are calling to ask them to co-sponsor S. 8005 which is being sponsored by Senator Diane Savino and it’s same as  Assembly bill A. 10342, the NYS Climate and Community Protection Act which passed in the Assembly on  June 1st.   Let them know that this bill will allow NYS to reach the governor’s goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% by 2050; that it will provide good-paying clean energy jobs and ensure investments  in  our most vulnerable communities.  Also mention that 3 Republican Senators are co-sponsors of the bill.

    CONTACT INFORMATION. 

    NYS Senator Patrick Gallivan

    716-656-8544

    gallivan@nysenate.gov 

    NYS Senator Robert Ortt

    716-434-0680

    Ortt@nysenate.gov

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    BREAKING NEWS! NYS Assembly Approves Bill to Slash Carbon Emissions!

    Members of PUSH Buffalo and other area social justice groups rallied in Albany New York yesterday to show support for the passage of a strong energy bill that would require New York State to drastically cut carbon emissions by 2050 - this bill passed in the state assembly!

    The legislation, called the New York State Climate and Community Protection Act, is also notable for its emphasis on environmental and economic justice, according to the bill's advocates. It aims to "prioritize the safety and health of disadvantaged communities" and "it creates good jobs and protects workers and communities," a memo by lawmakers said.

    To hear from the voices on the ground working to push this bill through, click here!

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    What do Just Transitions Look Like?

    Jason Kulaszewski on Just Transitions

    John Washington on Just Transitions

    What do Just Transitions look like? PUSH Green Program Manager Jason Kulaszewski and Community Organizer John Washington break it down, addressing the connections between segregation, mass incarceration, green jobs, renewable energy and sustainable housing.

     

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    Former PUSH Green Energy Advocate Wins NOAA Fellowship!

    Remember our Community Energy Advocate Alex Kuttesch? After leaving us nearly two years ago to go to graduate school, Alex has just been named as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Management Fellow. We are so excited that Alex will be using his skills and passion in the very important environmental issue of rising sea levels.

    "In a paper published in Environmental Research Letters, researchers looked at satellite photos of the Solomon Islands taken between 1947 and 2015. Specifically, they tracked the size and shape of 33 islands.

    They found that during that time, 5 of those islands vanished beneath the rising seas. These weren't just tiny sandbars, they were vegetated islands ranging in size from 2.5 to 12.4 acres.

    Not only that, but six other islands have shorelines that are receding dramatically, and two villages, founded before 1935, were destroyed by rising seas. In one village, Nuatambu, half of the houses have been lost to the seas. Many residents have fled and rebuilt on higher ground, while others are trying to stay and maintain their lives near the coast. In another village, Mararo, residents voted to preemptively relocate the entire village to a position 65 feet above sea level. In the paper, the authors write "Interestingly in this case the community [Mararo] had historically lived in a high elevation site prior to being encouraged by missionaries down to the coast in the early 20th century."

    We could not be more pleased and wish Alex continued success! 

     

     

     

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    PUSH Gro Launches for International Compost Awareness Week 2016!

    As International Compost Awareness Week 2016 comes to a close, we at PUSH Green would like to congratulate PUSH Gro for its exciting launch of high quality compost for purchase at the Lexington Food Coop on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo NY. ! We know that good compost helps our plants, vegetables and flowers grow better and healthier, but do you know the many other benefits of composting? The infographic used here comes from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (www.ilsr.org), a national nonprofit organization working to strengthen local economies, and redirect waste into local recycling, composting, and reuse industries. It is reprinted here with permission. 

    The Institute for Local Self Reliance has compiled an amazing set of infographics like this one about the benefits of composting that you can download and share! Congratulations PUSH Gro! 

     

     

     

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