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IMAGINE: Creating a Culture of Sustainability

Free, virtual summer lecture series

What does it mean to live in a sustainable city and region? For ten consecutive weeks, that’s what some of Buffalo’s leading environmental advocates and activists will be discussing, via a free Zoom conference series. The series, sponsored by The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, begins on Tuesday, June 29 from 12:30pm to 1:00pm.

The 10 week virtual show is co-hosted by JD Hartman (Managing Partner/Socially Responsible Investing at Signity Financial) and Dennis Galucki (founder of Imagine Greater Buffalo).

The lineup of guests is as follows:

  • June 29 | Ryan McPherson, UB Chief Sustainability Officer 
  • July 6 | Kevin V. Connors PE, AIA, CPHD, Principal, eco_logic STUDIO architecture & engineering, PLLC – Solar Powered Carousel at Canalside
  • July 13 | Congressman Brian Higgins
  • July 20 | Lielle Berman, Sr. Sustainability Project Coordinator, New York Power Authority & Louis Paonessa, Sr. Director Community Affairs, WNY, Niagara Power Project 
  • July 27 | Bonnie Lawrence, Deputy Commissioner, Erie County Dept. of Environment & Planning
  • August 3 | Susan Clark, PhD., Assistant Professor Director of Sustainability Leadership Masters Program Department of Environment and Sustainability 
  • August 10 | Michelle Urbanczyk, Ex. Dir. Explore & More Children’s Museum 
  • August 17 | Jill Spisiak Jedlicka, Ex. Dir. Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper 
  • August 24 | Jay Burney, Our Outer Harbor Coalition  & Jajean Rose Burney, Deputy Executive Director, WNY Land Conservancy 
  • August 31 | Speaker Series Summary, “Creating a Culture of Sustainability – What’s Next?”

Free & open to the public.

Each weekly program will feature a local speaker and Q&A.

This series is presented by the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library in conjunction with C-SAAHN and

Click here to access all of the Zoom links.

WNYSDC Coordinators: Dennis Galucki & John “JD” Hartman, member 

Visit The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library on Facebook for further details

Written by queenseyes


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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