WNYSEA Hosts UB Solar Decathlon Presentation

UB Solar Decathlon Entry -GRoW House photo courtesy of University of Buffalo
WNYSEA Hosts UB Solar Decathlon Presentation
Monday, April 7th at 7pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 854-1694
Free and Open to the Public!

Please save the date and attend the WNY Sustainable Energy Association’s Reitan Speaker Series at Hallwalls for a night of innovation and Green Building design. UB Professor of Architecture Martha Bohm, UB Clinical Assistant Professor of Architecture Brad Wales, along with their graduate students will unveil the renderings of GRoW House. This is a first time entry for the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning in the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon bi-annual competition that will be held in Irvine, California in 2015. The UB Solar Decathlon design entry incorporates the latest green design technology and renewable energy implementation that will enable the inhabitants to Grow, Relax and Work; GRow House! Join the WNY Sustainable Energy Association for this informative and exciting presentation at Hallwalls!

Photos Courtesy of University at Buffalo Brad Wales

Photos Courtesy of University at Buffalo Brad Wales

“50 Shades of Green: Green Walls, Roofs and Homes”


Come Join the WNY Sustainable Energy Association’s Reitan Sustainability Speaker Series for an informative evening of Green Design that includes a review of Architect, & Engineer Kevin Connors -Principal of Eco-Logic Studios and David Lanfear, Owner of Bale on Bale Construction and Greentop latest projects. This talk will take place on Tuesday December 3rd at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center at 341 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY. The presentation is FREE and open to the public! See you there!

“Fifty Shades of Green: Green Roofs, Walls and Homes” Tuesday, Dec. 3rd. 7pm at Hallwalls!

“Fifty Shades of Green:Green Roofs, Walls and Homes”

Kevin Connors, Principal of

eco_logic STUDIO,

 architecture & engineering, PLLC


David Lanfear, Owner of

Bale on Bale Construction & Greentop

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 7:00 p.m.

Hallwalls Contemporary

Arts Center,

341 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 

Kevin Connors is an architect and engineer with 34 years of professional experience, and former Clinical Assistant Professor of Architecture at SUNY Buffalo. eco_logic STUDIO specializes in Green Building and Neighborhood Revitalization. They have designed numerous solar electric systems, green infrastructure projects, and high performance buildings.

David Lanfear designs green roofs and builds strawbale buildings in Western New York, the Northeastern US and midwest. He has been involved in dozens of projects in the Buffalo, NY area. His company, Green Top, has a goal of installing so many green roofs that whole neighborhoods disappear from the view of Google Earth. He recently began teaching Green Building at Erie County Community College (ECC).



“50 Shades of Green: Green Roofs, Walls and Homes”

Save the date for the WNY Sustainable Energy Association’s Reitan Sustainability Speaker Series!
“50 Shades of Green: Green Roofs, Walls and Homes”
Tuesday December 3rd at 7pm-
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY
Free and Open to the Public!

Kevin Connors, Principal of eco-logic Studio, Architecture & Engineering PLLC and David Lanfear owner of Bale on Bale Construction and Green Top will present their latest green design projects that include implementation of renewables and green roofs and walls! Don’t miss this amazing night of sustainable design projects!

WNYSEA to Award the UB Solar Strand on Earth Day!



The WNY Sustainable Energy Association on
Earth Day
Monday, April 22nd 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at
the UB Solar Strand

WNYSEA will award the University at Buffalo for their excellence in leadership for the implementation of clean and renewable solar energy. The UB Solar Strand is a large scale solar demonstration project that is responsible for generating power to over 750 college residences on the UB North Campus. Please don’t miss this important event on Earth Day 2013!
Please register for this event in the link below!
We look forward to seeing you there!
The WNY Sustainable Energy Association

Earth Week


Monday, April 22nd, 2013

from 5:00-6:30pm

UB Solar Strand, Flint Road, across from the Center for Tomorrow

Experience the country’s most accessible solar park for yourself!

Meet Buffalo Niagara’s “Sustainability Igniters”–our local leaders and innovators in environmental sustainability. Interactive texting and technology from GROW 716 will be part of the celebration. In addition, there will be exhibits from local sustainability organizations, local food, music, prize giveaways, and much more!

Preferred bike parking is available at the Solar Strand, automobile parking is available in the Center for Tomorrow lot directly across from the Solar Strand.

And don’t forget Green Drinks immediately following the solar strand at the UB Center for the Arts black box theater. E and E is buying a drink for the first 100 to register! You can Register for our Earth Day Happy Hour here: https://www.ubevents.org/event/inspireafter

“Ending Coal Burning in Western New York”

There will be a panel discussion on “Ending Coal Burning in Western New York” at 7:30 p.m., Monday, November 12th, Daemen College, 4380 Main Street, Amherst, Room 336, Duns Scotus Hall.  It is free and open to the public.  The panelist include: Penny Messinger, Ph.D., Associate Professor, History and Government Department, Daemen College; Rebecca Newberry, Program Coordinator, Clean Air Coalition of WNY (www.cacwny.org); Kenzie Reynen, Global and Local Sustainability Major, Daemen College; Jennifer Tuttle, Organizer, Sierra Club New York Beyond Coal Campaign (www.beyondcoal.org).
The moderator is Walter Simpson (www.energyreallymatters.com) who will begin the session with a presentation on how activists helped prevent the construction of a new coal plant in Jamestown, NY.  The discussion will then turn to the fate of Western New York’s four existing coal plants.
Mining coal destroys mountain tops in Appalachia and burning coal releases acid rain and lung cancer and asthma-causing emissions.  In addition, burning coal produces more greenhouse gas emissions per unit of energy than any other fossil fuel.  While only 10% of New York’s electricity generation is the result of burning coal, this is responsible for 41% of our state’s greenhouse emissions from power generation.  Most of New York’s coal-burning power plant capacity is located right here in Western New York and all four of these plants are on the brink of closing.  Should we hasten their closure?  Are there clean energy sources that could replace the power these plants produce?  Can we transition away from coal in a manner that respects the communities and employees dependent on these plants?
This panel discussion is presented as part of the Alternative & Renewable Energy Issues course in Daemen’s Global & Sustainability program.  For information on this exciting new major and minor, visit http://www.daemen.edu/sustainability.  For more information about the panel discussion, wsimpson@daemen.edu or 839-0062.
NOTE: The last panel discussion in this series will be “Accelerating the Implementation of Renewable Energy” at 7:30 p.m., Monday, November 26th at Daemen College, Room 336 Duns Scotus Hall, featuring a presentation by Bill Nowak on theFeed-in Tariff/CLEAN Energy Proposal.

Today is the Day! Solar & Green Building Tour || 10am – 4pm || Free || Self Guided

Today is the day!!!

See you at our kickoff awards ceremony at 9:30 – Hispanics United of Buffalo, 254 Virginia St. in Buffalo, NY.

Here is the list! Download it, print it and go.  FINAL Solar & Green Building Tour List – Friday, October 12.

One correction –  If you are interested in seeing the Solar Tech Park in Tonawanda, here is the address.

Montante Development
Solar Technology Park
5201 River Road
Tonawanda, NY  14150
We encourage you to see at least one or two houses today. It will be well worth it!

Come to Our Kickoff Event – 9:30am Tomorrow at 254 Virginia at Hispanics United of Buffalo!

Join Us at the Solar Tour Kick Off Press Event at Hispanics United of Buffalo – 254 Virginia Street, Buffalo, N.Y. 14201 at 9:30 am!

Don’t Miss the Chance to Win Green Door Prizes!
Memberships to Buffalo First, Buffalo CarShare & Go Bike Buffalo!
Green Transportation! NFTA Day Passes to Get Around on the Solar Tour! While Supplies Last!

Solar & Green Buildings Tour will include:


WNYSEA will be holding the kickoff awards celebration for the annual Solar & Green Building Tour at 9:30am on October 13th at Hispanics United of Buffalo. The address is 254 Virginia St on Buffalo’s West Side.

Hispanics United of Buffalo continues to pour information, outreach, care and love into their community through a variety of initiatives. WNYSEA is proud of Hispanics United of Buffalo for their support and dedication towards energy efficiency and renewable technology. Currently there is a large solar array on the top of their headquarters, you can see if you cross the street. It always bring a smile to our faces to see the excitement from people walking by who notice the array.

Come to the kickoff and check out this community asset. Refreshments, awards and prizes will be given. If you are interested in attending the Solar & Green Building Tour, you can get the entire list of sites here: http://www.energysage.com. Go to “green building open house” and search the sites by zipcode. You will see over 25 sites across the region that show off solar, geothermal, energy efficiency, historic building reuse and more. The event is one day only on October 13th, 2012 and it is free and open to the public. No registration is required! For the official press release click here: 2012 Tour Official Press Release.

On Saturday, October 13, 2012, over 1500 people from across WNY will experience the Solar & Green Building Tour, an annual event held by the Western New York Sustainable Energy Association (WNYSEA). With over 25 sites open across the region, for one day only, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about solar, geothermal, energy efficiency, net zero, green roofs, LEED buildings and reuse of historic structures. This event is not a traditional tour, it is an open house. All sites are open on October 13, 2012 from 10am – 4pm, unless noted otherwise. The event is free, open to the public and no registration is required. A full list of sites is available at www.wnysea.com.

See you on October 13th!


2012 Tour Sites – The Final List!

The final list is done!!

You can choose any one of these sites and see it tomorrow from 10am – 4pm, (unless noted differently) for FREE! The final list will be available in print at our kickoff awards ceremony tomorrow morning at 9:30 am at Hispanics United of Buffalo – 254 Virginia St in Buffalo, NY. Please note – the last minute add ons are on the last page.

Download it here, print and go!

FINAL Solar & Green Building Tour List – Friday, October 12.

For more information online about the sites – Go to www.energysage.com  – you can search using your zip code to find the sites nearest to you!

If you have any questions, contact berniceradle@gmail.com

Thank you to our supporters, sponsors and friends for taking part in this wonderful annual event. We appreciate all of your time and efforts!

See you tomorrow!!