Saturday: Green Expo
by Geoff Kelly - posted 4:11 pm, May 7, 2009
I had hoped to put something about this in today’s print edition, because it sounds pretty cool to me: This Saturday at the Main Place Mall is the first Buffalo Niagara Green Expo. The event kicks off Buffalo Green Week, which ends next weekend with the American Solar Energy Society Conference at the Convention Center.
Essentially, the Green Expo is a trade show, in which dozens of vendors will demonstrate their energy-saving, renewables-sourced, carbon-footprint-reducing products and services: electronic waste recycling, green roofing materials, hay bale construction, etc.
There will also be planning and advocacy groups, too, ranging from local artists Ran Webber, with his adaptive reuse plan for the Skyway, to Buffalo First, which promotes locally owned businesses and local-sourcing of goods and services. The expo will “feature dozens of local businesses and organizations who will have information for the whole family on how to go green in your home, business, community, school and career,” says Heather Zeisz, a spokesperson for State Senator Antoine Thompson, the event’s primary sponsor.
Zeisz told Artvoice that climate change is “the number one threat to our environment” and that Thompson introduced legislation last month that would authorize the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to regulate greenhouse emissions in the state. New York State. A similar bill passed the Assembly last year but died in the Republican-held Senate.