A Green Tour: WNY's Energy-Efficient Buildings

Curious about solar energy in Western New York? The Western New York Sustainable Energy Association (WNYSEA) will hold its annual Solar & Green Building Tour, exposing 1,500 people from across the region to over twenty-five sites exhibiting solar and geothermal energy, green roofs, LEED bulidings, and reuse of historic structures.


WNYSEA holds this event with the aim of establishing a need and demand for green jobs across the region. "Last year we had the largest tour in all of New York State, and this year we plan to go even bigger," says Bernice Radle, co-chair of the 2012 tour. "We have confirmed the NFTA Living Roof Bus Shelter, CIR Electric’s moving solar array that moves with the sun to optimize sunlight, Singer Farm Naturals in Wilson and so many others. This is a great opportunity to learn from the folks who live with these technologies every day, not from a sales person trying to convince you to buy in. The Solar and Green Building Tour is an event that educates, inspires and encourages people to take the next step with their home or building."


The event kicks off with an awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13 at Hispanics United of Buffalo, located at 254 Virginia Street. WNYSEA will present its annual leadership award to Hispanics United of Buffalo for their efforts in promoting renewable technologies in our region, and to the Clean Air Coalition for their sustainability and air quality efforts across Western New York.


The tour is free and requires no registration. All sites are open to the public on October 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The NFTA will be providing 50 day passes for the metro/bus to encourage public transit; the passes can be picked up at the awards ceremony. For a complete list of sites, click here.


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