2012 WNY Environmental Summit Awaken 2 Action is September 29

2012 WNY Environmental Summit Will Feature Workshops, Speakers, Exhibits

in Wick Center


September 13, 2012



Contacts: Mike Andrei

                  Director-College Relations

                  Daemen College

                  (716) 839-8472



                  Cheryl Bird

                  Executive Director-Daemen Center for

                  Sustainable Communities & Civic Engagement

                  (716) 839-8489



The 8th annual Western New York Environmental Summit, “Awaken 2 Action,” will be held Saturday, September 29, 2012, at Daemen College.


The Summit will run from 8:30 a.m – 12:15 p.m., in Wick Center on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street in Amherst. A complimentary continental breakfast, along with exhibit tables, will be available from 8:30 – 9 a.m. during registration. Admission to the Summit is free.


To reserve an exhibit table contact Dr. Brenda Young at Daemen College, byoung@daemen.edu.


This year the Summit will again offer electronics recycling drop-off, and tours of the Daemen campus Ecotrail and the Research & Information Commons, which has received Gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. These activities begin immediately following the close of the Summit at noon.    


Presentations on regional initiatives for sustainable communities will be offered from

9 a.m. – 10. This year’s featured speakers are:  


Brendan Mehaffy, director of the City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning, will discuss how city residents can achieve greater sustainability in his talk, “Buffalo Green Code.”


Sandy Chelnov, from the League of Women Voters, will talk on “Climate Smart Communities.”  


Hal Morse, representing the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council, will discuss "One Region Forward: Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant.”


(To be confirmed) Elizabeth Santacrose, Ecology and Environment, Inc., will speak to the Summit on how to build “Cleaner Greener Communities.”


            Environmental workshops will be held from 10 – noon. They include Sally Cunningham, offering “Environmentally-Friendly Gardening Practices.”  


“As Sally Cunningham’s resume makes clear, there is probably no one in Western New York more knowledgeable about gardening,” said Daemen Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement Executive Director Cheryl Bird.


“Sally is a certified nursery and landscape professional, former extension educator and master gardener through Cornell Cooperative Extension, published author, columnist for Buffalo Spree and a consultant at Lockwood’s Greenhouses.


“Additionally, she appears on WIVB-TV Channel 4 on Sunday mornings, and is also executive director of one of Buffalo’s newest and most exciting creations, the National Garden Festival. We are excited she is a part of the 2012 Western New York Environmental Summit.”


The Summit will offer two additional workshops:


“Making Your Own Green Cleaning Supplies,” presented by Nellie Brown, of the Industrial Labor Relations School of Cornell University.  (this was our best attended workshop last year)


In her workshop “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream,” Judy Fitzgerald will talk about the vision of the Pachamama Alliance (http://www.pachamama.org/workshops), is focused on partnership with indigenous people, dedicated to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on the planet. The Mission of the Alliance, is to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture, and using insights gained from that work, to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.


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