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WNY Environmental Summit to Include Speaker From SolarCity
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WNY Environmental Summit to Include Speaker From SolarCity

Developments over the past decade in the region’s sustainability efforts will be explored at the 10th annual Western New York Environmental Summit that will take place from 8:30 to noon Sept. 27 in the Daemen College Wick Campus Center.

“A Decade of Progress: Sustainability Comes of Age in WNY” will include a keynote address, “The Was, Is and Will Be of Solar Power,” at 9 a.m. by Ian Diamond, senior manager of commercial project development at SolarCity. The company has announced plans to build an expanded solar panel manufacturing plant in Buffalo that will be one of the biggest in the world and bring more than 1,000 jobs to the area.

“We are delighted to have Ian Diamond as keynote speaker given SolarCity’s planned investment in the RiverBend clean energy hub in South Buffalo,” said Cheryl Bird, executive director of the Daemen Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement (CSCCE).

Also speaking at the summit will be Robert Knoer, an environmental attorney at The Knoer Group and former chair of the Western New York Environmental Alliance.

A roundtable discussion on local progress in improving the environment, social justice, community sustainability, and future regional priorities will be examined by expert panelists Justin Booth, Green Options Buffalo; Katy Duggan-Haas, Modern Recycling; Dennis Elsenbeck, National Grid; Melissa Fratello, Grassroots Gardens; Erin Heaney, Clean Air Coalition; Brendan Mahaffey, City of Buffalo Office of Planning; Ryan McPherson, Western New York Environmental Alliance; Mary Rossi, Western New York Stormwater Coalition; and Art Wheaton, Cornell University’s Worker Institute and Western New York Apollo Alliance.

More than 30 exhibitors from local organizations will share information on environmental issues, community sustainability and green businesses. The summit, which is free and open to the public, is being co-sponsored by the Daemen CSCCE, the Erie County Environmental Education Alliance, The Knoer Group, and WNY Apollo Alliance.

More information is available at www.daemen.edu/summit.

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