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Taking sustainability to the next level…

By Bernice Radle:
Have you ever had an interest in solar, geothermal or other neat renewable technologies? Have you heard about houses being made from straw bale? What about seeing how historic buildings can become more energy efficient?
On Saturday, October 13th, the 17th annual Solar & Green Building Tour of WNY is happening from 10am – 4pm. The event is brought to you by WNY Sustainable Energy Association. This is not a regular tour, this is an open house. We give you a list of all the sites and you can pick whatever interests you! The event is free, open to the public and no registration is required. All sites are open from 10am – 4pm unless noted otherwise.
The kickoff event starts at 9:30am on Saturday morning. We will be giving awards, prizes and other fun stuff at Hispanics United of Buffalo, 254 Virginia St. Then you are free to go wherever! A limited amount of weatherization kits and NFTA Metro Day passes will be available for people who attend the kickoff event. 
Why is the Solar & Green Building Tour important?
“The Solar and Green Building Tour is an event that educates, inspires and encourages people to think, act and be more “green” in their daily lives.”, stated Bernice Radle, Co-Chair of the WNYSEA event.
This tour is the only tour in the region that opens homes up for you to touch, feel and absorb these technologies. The homeowners are there – you can speak to them directly about their experiences, troubles and ask any questions you may have. 
The event features a wide variety of green building concepts from solar, geothermal, green roofs, LEED certified buildings, net zero houses and more. 
Sites in Buffalo, NY.
The list below is all the sites within the Buffalo boundary as of today. More sites are being added to this list, so check on Friday or Saturday morning for the final listing.
To see all the sites, check out the sites at and go to “Green Building Open House” Host Site Listings. You can filter the sites by type of technology and location based on zipcode. 
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Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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