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5th Annual Buffalo Enviro-Fair to Take Over Niagara Square
5th Annual Buffalo Enviro-Fair to Take Over Niagara Square

Green not-for-profits can exhibit free at event in Niagara Square… complimentary tree seedlings and more at FREE day-before-Earth Day event 

BUFFALO, NY     The fifth annual Buffalo Enviro-Fair will be celebrating Earth Day with booths from area eco-organizations at Niagara Square --  in front of City Hall -- on April 21st, the day before the 41st anniversary of the day that honors our planet. 

Starting at 12 noon Mayor Byron Brown will welcome the participants and sponsors of this year's Enviro-Fair and recognize their willingness to get involved in the annual event that promotes environmental awareness and citizen involvement in supporting and protecting the environment. 

"The Fifth annual Buffalo Enviro-Fair is a great way to involve our city residents in learning more about our natural environment and getting them involved in community-based activities that support and protect the environment throughout the city," said Mayor Brown.  

Corporate sponsors, who help pay for the not-for-profits to exhibit free, are Natale Builders’ Rivera Greens, Unilock, Inc. and Entercom Radio - Buffalo. 

Free seedlings planted in re-usable coffee mugs will be given out to the public by Natale.  The builder will exhibit plans for their new suburban homes development that is believed to be the only one in NY State to earn a silver certification for energy efficiency and re-use. 

Sales & Marketing Vice President Lisa Norman describes the Clarence, NY development as “super green”!  “Anyone who is interested in the environment has got to see what we are introducing at Buffalo’s Enviro-Fair!  The land is being developed using everything that is currently on-site, with structures being carefully dismantled and used to make park benches, a gazebo, and a dock for the existing natural pond.    A windmill is being constructed to power the streetlights.  Each home will be net-zero in energy use, meaning the home will produce as much energy as it uses.  Each existing tree is being evaluated, pruned, and treated by a licensed arborist for diseases to give it as long a life as possible – we want to save all of the trees,” insisted Ms. Norman.  “We also have a plan in the works to grow trees on-site, which will more than replace what needs to be removed.” 

Unilock Buffalo will be showing their eco-pavers.   These replace concrete slabs and provide controlled run-off of rain water, thus returning the water to the water table as opposed to taxing the storm sewer or sending it to the wastewater treatment plant. 

There will be free samples of all-natural Jamba Energy Drink available.  The beverage is also donating funds to Re-Tree WNY to plant trees.   A tree will be planted by Re-Tree WNY and local dignitaries in the vicinity of the event. 

Re-Tree WNY is an all-volunteer not-for-profit group formed to replace trees lost in the October, 2006 snowstorm.    The program will be explained at the Enviro Fair and volunteers will be able to sign up for area tree plantings scheduled for the fall.  It has a five-year program to accomplish this mission in all Western New York cities and towns affected. 

Other organizations exhibiting at the Buffalo Enviro Fair include Grassroots Gardens, Buffalo Blue Bicycle, Green Options Buffalo, Sierra Club, Tiff Nature Preserve, the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, and more. 

Any not-for-profit with a “green” program to exhibit is welcomed to be included at no charge.  They can contact the organizer, Re-Tree WNY, at (716) 843-0133 or e-mail pmaurer@entercom.com

Additional info is at www.buffaloenvirofair.org.


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