“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).



Event Alert! Accelerating the Implementation of Renewable Energy!

Accelerating the Implementation of Renewable Energy
7:30 p.m., Monday, November 26
Daemen College, 4380 Main Street, Amherst, Room 336, Duns Scotus Hall
Free and Open to the Public
Keynote Speaker:
Bill Nowak, Sierra Club Energy Committee member, Author of Clean Energy –FIT Report
·         Dave Hahn Baker, Environmental and Political Consultant
·         Ellen Banks, Professor, Psychology, Daemen College
·         Sarah Carpenter, Sustainability Major, Daemen College
·         Walter Simpson, energy educator, Daemen College Instructor (www.energyreallymatters.com)
Scientists have been telling us that global warming is likely to result in increasingly devastating extreme weather events as we continue to burn fossil fuels and add more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.  Superstorm Sandy is a horrific example of the type of extreme weather that is in store for us. But how can we respond effectively and achieve a clean energy economy with all due speed?  While renewable energy resources like wind and solar are said to be our future, the deployment of these technologies has been painfully slow despite existing government programs and incentives.  This public discussion will examine how a Feed-in Tariff (FIT) could speed up the transition from fossil fuels to renewables within a timeframe consistent with addressing climate change and providing needed green jobs.  In the last three years a Clean Energy FIT program has created more than 22,000 green jobs in Ontario!  Why not in New York?!
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.


Event Alert: Panel Discussion on Clean Natural Gas – 7:30pm on Monday, October 29th.

A panel discussion entitled “Clean Natural Gas? Exploring the Challenge of Hydrofracking” will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, October 29, in room 336 Duns Scotus Hall at Daemen College, 4380 Main Street, Amherst.  The event is free and open to the Public.

The discussion will be preceded by the film, “The Sky is Pink,” produced by Josh Fox and the Gasland Team.  Panelists are David Kowalski, Professor Emeritus; UB CLEAR; Blogs: j.mp/ReEnergizeBuffalo & j.mp/CleanEnergyNowScott Sackett, President, Skipping Stone Pictures; Joseph Currier, Mathematics Major, Daemen College; Lynda Schneekloth, Chairperson, Sierra Club Niagara Group (niagarasierraclub.wordpress.com/).  The event will be moderated by Walter Simpson (www.energyreallymatters.com).

 For years natural gas has been also universally regarded as a clean fuel but no longer.  Drilling for gas in deep shale formations using hydraulic fracturing technology has changing everything.  Can fracking be done in an environmentally responsible way, as suggested by an abundance of TV ads?  Or is it too risky?  And do cleaner alternatives exist?  This panel discussion will address these questions and explain the role of citizen action and media in shaping natural gas public policy.
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.

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!!



Highlighting A Regional Solar Asset: Montante Solar & The Riverview Solar Technology Park

Montante Solar is the brain company behind the innovative Riverview Solar Technology Park in Tonawanda. If you haven’t been there, check it out on Saturday! The Montante guys are bringing a new business model to the solar industry in WNY and proving it to be a success.

WNYSEA encourages you to check it out on Saturday, October 13th. Here is the link to their energy sage account. http://energysage.com/projects/riverview-solar-technology-park

Below is a Q&A about Montante Solar and an “about me”.


Montante Solar is a Buffalo based installer of solar energy systems on homes and businesses.  As a NYSERDA and NABCEP certified solar installer, Montante Solar specializes in the design, construction, and commissioning of solar energy systems throughout New York State.  Founded in 2009, Montante Solar is the undertaking of brothers, Daniel and Matthew Montante, from within the TM Montante Development organization.  Montante Solar is the exclusive solar installer for Riverview Solar Technology Park in Tonawanda, NY. (new Logo attached)

For more information, Contact Sandra Lister at SLister@TMMontante.com or 716-876-8899


Riverview Solar Technology Park is New York’s first Solar Ready commerce park, where commercial real estate development blends seamlessly with solar technology!

  • Demonstrates that RSTP can provide value and clean solar power to consumers of electricity at no additional cost
  • Demonstrates the architecturally aesthetic appeal of commercial solar
  • Demonstrates that solar acts as a direct business development tool (example: Unifrax made their final decision to come to RSTP based on the 100kW solar array provided)

Q: How much energy are you currently offsetting with solar in RSTP?

A: Enough energy to power about 30 homes.  This is the equivalent of taking 535 cars off the road, OR Not importing 6,300 barrels of oil, OR planting 580 acres of forest!

Q: What are your future solar plans for RSTP?

A: We will dedicate underutilized land banks to large scale solar to accommodate current & future tenants

Q: What do you say to people that don’t think Solar can work in Buffalo? / What about all the snow in Buffalo?

A: Solar works in Buffalo BECAUSE of the cold weather.  (data centers locate here because cold plays well with technology)

We get more average annual sun hours here in Buffalo than in Germany – the world’s largest end market for solar.

For more information, Contact Sandra Lister at SLister@TMMontante.com or 716-876-8899

Sponsor Highlight of the Day: BUFFALO ENERGY

We wanted to take a second to say THANK YOU to our sponsors.

Today we are featuring BUFFALO ENERGY. Without their support, Bernice Radle (co – chair of 2012 tour) would not be able to dedicate so much time towards this event. Buffalo Energy is a leader in the energy efficiency world and assists in making new and existing buildings more efficient through design, consulting and access to incentives.

About Buffalo Energy

Buffalo Energy is a full-service energy consulting and building performance contractor. We provide energy assessments and perform weatherization upgrades for all types of existing buildings.

Whether a retrofit, gut-rehab or ground-up new construction project, we help owners of residential and commercial buildings create energy efficient, comfortable, and durable structures.

We offer a common-sense approach to all of our projects. Our goal is to ensure that retrofit work is cost-effective, good for the building, and maximizes energy savings.

Buffalo Energy is staffed by seasoned building performance and construction specialists. Our firm has:

  • Worked with eight different residential efficiency programs in four states, including five multifamily programs;

  • Performed energy assessments, developed reduction plans, and implemented comprehensive energy saving work scopes; and

  • General contracted single and multi-family energy retrofit projects.

Buffalo Energy is accredited by the Building Performance Institute, the nation’s premier building performance credentialing, quality assurance and standards setting organization.


The Good Neighborhood Features The Solar & Green Building Tour!

Thank you to our friends at The Good Neighborhood for featuring the October 13th Solar & Green Building Tour!

Bernice Radle, Co-Chair of the 2012 tour tells readers why the tour is informative, fun and a MUST ATTEND event.

Check the blog post out here: http://www.thegoodneighborhood.com/2012/10/03/bernice-buffalove-wny-solar-and-green-building-tour-hits-next-week/

2012 Tour Official Press Release

Buffalorising Features City Tour Sites!

We are pleased to partner with Buffalorising this year for the October 13th, Solar & Green Building Tour! Buffalorising is featuring a daily post about our city sites. We are thrilled to have their support in pushing the sustainability bar in WNY. Thank you!

Here is the latest one on the NFTA Living Roof Bus Shelter. It is SO Cool. We hope you go and see it on Saturday, October 13, 2012. The living roof was commissioned by the NFTA and completed by our friends at Eco Logic Studios (AKA – Kevin Connors, architect) and David Lanfair, the mastermind of Bale on Bale construction in WNY. This is a very visible and forward thinking project. We are very happy to have it on the list this year.

See you on October 13th! 10am – 4pm. Free. No Registration Required. YOU pick the sites you want to see. www.energysage.com - for the complete list.

Kickoff Awards Ceremony Information 10/13/12 || Hispanics United of Buffalo || 9:30am || Free!

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

See you on October 13th!


Hispanics United of Buffalo’s Solar Array.

Highlighting Our Sponsors: Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect

Today we would like to post a big THANK YOU to our sponsors. Many have donated time and materials to help make this event bigger and better than ever.

This post is to highlight Joy. She has done so much for us in the past year – we love working with her and her team. Joy is a landscape architect and a big advocate for “play”. She  coined the term Pop Up Park! and her pop up park was a true success. Check out her website: http://www.jklastudio.com/ Thanks for being a sponsor, Joy!

Here is what JKLA is all about.

 The Main Goals
  • To have a positive impact on the quality of life for people through sensitive, responsible and sustainable designs for the outdoors. We excel at creating specialized environments for health and learning.
  • To promote the use of place-based or community-based design methods in landscape architecture in order to build upon existing culture and natural systems.
  • To focus on the human experience of the landscape, by integrating architecture and assets of the outdoor environment, to create unique and inspiring spaces.

Our Markets

Our diverse markets provide the knowledge and experience to provide the best solutions to our clients.

  • Corporate
  • Campus
  • Communty
  • K-12 Schools
  • Residential

Our Dedication to the Community

We are dedicated to improving the community around us by coordinating and sponsoring local services projects.

  • Lt. Col. Matt Urban Community Center – Buffalo, NY
  • Junior League of Buffalo Decorator’s Showhouse – Buffalo, NY
  • ABC TV’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition – Buffalo, NY
  • Pop Up Park – Buffalo, NY
  • Ryan A. Bertini Memorial Meditation Garden – North Tonawanda, NY
  • Cloverbank Elementary School – Hamburg, NY

Our Respect for the Environment

We design every project with sustainability in mind illustrated in the projects listed below.

  • Niagara University Academic Complex Building at Perboyer Hall – Lewiston, NY
  • Buffalo Public School 305 – McKinley High School – Buffalo, NY
  • ABC TV’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition – Buffalo, NY
  • JKLA Office Green Roof – Buffalo, NY

JKLA is a certified WBE and DBE full service Landscape Architectural firm.