Past Events

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Presentations and discussion on Solar and Geothermal applications to your business.

The event is free and open to all WNY Businesses. We ask that you Register to attend.

There is a business case to be made that both Geo and Solar can make economic and environmental sense at your facility. The discussion starts here; join us to learn more.

8:30am Registration, coffee, light fare, and networking

9:00am Welcoming

Ashley Regan, CIR Electrical :
Solar Photovoltaics 101; how to empower your business with the sun
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Sam Marotta, Wendel
The Energy Efficiency and Solar Nexus: Successful models of implementation
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Jens Ponikau, Buffalo Geothermal,
Geothermal and Net Zero building standards in Western New York
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Larry LaDuca, Natale Builders
How to successfully integrate Solar and Geo into a sustainable building process
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11:00 – 11:30 Networking

Our Solar & Geothermal Members:

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 Announcing June’s Workshop:
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Transportation Alternatives!
Learn how to reduce this significant portion of your energy use; It’s bigger than you think!

 Breakouts: Green Fleet Management & Eco-friendly Commuting
 Talks include Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Ride-Sharing, Biking, Public Transportation, Fleet  Management, and more

Thursday  June 23, 2016  9:00 am – 11:00 am

Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum 

263 Michigan Ave, Buffalo, NY 14203

*Please click on the presenters’ names to view their presentations from the meeting.*

Green Fleet Management Breakout 1:

Moderator: Craig Jackson, Coordinator, Clean Communities of WNY / Cobey Energy
Alternative Fuels Overview and Fleet Assessment Tools

Jeff Gicewicz, Try It Distributing Co. Inc., Vice President of Corporate Holdings
Try-It’s CNG fleet conversion and Alternative Energy Case Study

Cliff Mason, Sr. Energy Consultant – NGV’s, National Fuel
Natural Gas Vehicles Basics

Craig Mahoney, Waste Services Manager, Guard Contracting
Guard Contracting’s conversion to CNG Case Study

Eco-Friendly Commuting and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Breakout 2:

Moderator: Justin Booth, Executive Director, GObike Buffalo – will discuss
Complete Streets and how businesses can become bicycle friendly.

Kelly Dixon, Senior Transportation Planner, GBNRTC
TDM in WNY and GO-Buffalo Niagara

Rob Jones, Manager of Service Planning, NFTA
Integrating transit as part of the overall TDM, multi-modal travel, and the NFTA

Bill Smith, Director of Access & Safety, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus  – will discuss   BNMC’s model TDM program GOBNMC,  services offered and programs available to     employers and employees in Buffalo’s fastest growing employment center.

Sponsored with a generous donation from The Knoer Group, PLLC:
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Establishing water conservation and protection within your company’s sustainability plans.

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Special Guest:
  Congressman Brian Higgins

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Perry’s Ice Cream
Coca Cola Bottling of Buffalo, Inc.
Buffalo Sewer Authority
Erie County Dept. of Environment and Planning

2:30 pm  Networking
3:00 pm  Presentations
5:00 pm  Happy Hour

Wednesday, April 27 will be our Annual Membership Meeting and will include board elections and bylaw revisions. 

There are 5 seats on the board of directors that are up for election this year. Nominations for the Board can be taken up to, and including, from the floor of the Annual Meeting.  Please contact  Mark Shriver ( if you have questions or wish to nominate yourself or some else.

The Board will also be proposing a few changes to the Bylaws that are necessary for the Roundtable to file as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  A vote on these changes will take place at this meeting.

Pledge – Plan – Progress:
Announcing New Members and Celebrating the Success of our Membership!

We have reached 60 members, doubling our membership since the beginning of 2015. Over 25 of our members have submitted Sustainability Plans. It is time to recoganize our member’s work.

All members and prospective members are invited to attend this very important meeting.

Keeping your business running efficiently,reducing waste, and being prepared for a low-carbon future,  requires acquiring  assistance, consultation,and taking advantage of ‘green’ services and products available in the local area. To that end, The WNYSBR is inviting area businesses to attend our 2nd Annual WNY Sustainable Business EXPO.

Expo head 10thThanks to our many sponsors, this free event is a great opportunity for WNY Businesses to find products and services to help develop and implement efficiency projects.

Last year we had over 300 attendees; this year we are expecting 400 attendees with 50 exhibitors.  This will be a fabulous evening for networking and learning . We have a nationally renowned speaker followed by a Perry’s Ice Cream Social, all free and open to all businesses in WNY.


Our Keynote SPEAKER will be speaking at 5:30:
Andrew Winston, author of The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World.

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Andrew is a globally recognized expert on green business, appearing regularly in major media such as The Wall Street Journal, Time, BusinessWeek, New York Times, and CNBC.

Andrew makes the case that the way companies operate today cannot keep up with the rate of change in our physical world. Organizations that make the Big Pivot will find the only practical path forward in a volatile environment. The leaders will build resilient, innovative, flexible organizations that profit by creating a healthier, more sustainable, more profitable world.

Last years “Tradeshow”

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January 28, 2016 at CTG

Measure Up… a WNYSBR Workshop

45 attended, Presentations from NYSP2I and Wendel
The WNYSBR Metrics Reporting Tool unveiled!

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The WNYSBR January meeting was geared toward helping you measure your organization’s sustainability efforts. Whether you’re just starting to explore creating a sustainability plan or if you have an established program, this meeting will familiarize you with topics such as baselines, sub-metering and available toolkits. Most importantly, we discussied how to best document and evaluate your program’s return on investment.

We broke into small groups where businesses shared their challenges and successes in quantifying their programs in waste, recycling, pollution prevention, water, and energy.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this workshop or joining the WNYSBR.


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Paul McDonnell, AIA, Director of Facilities Planning, Design and Construction for Buffalo Public Schools

Paul oversaw the recent 1.5 billion dollar modernization program for the Buffalo Public Schools. His talk will be centered around sustainability strategies and implementation in existing and new buildings, with a concentration on preservation and reuse.  Paul will showcase examples from Buffalo Public Schools and associated sustainability objectives and metrics.

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Riverkeeper sept 3
Protecting our local waterways is a pillar of the WNY-Sustainable Business Roundtable’s mission. For the past 25 years, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has helped restore and reconnect communities to this precious resource. Please join us on Thursday September 3rd at Buffalo RiverWorks to celebrate! Festivities include a cocktail hour, kayak raffle, and water-based entertainment, all alongside the beautiful Buffalo River at sunset. Tickets are $50 each and can be ordered online  Additional details are provided in the attached event flier.  Corporate sponsorships are also available.


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Thursday June 18, 2015 from 10:00 am -11:30 am
D’Youville College – College Center  329 Porter at Fargo Avenue, Buffalo, NY  14201

How can a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) support the development of an effective SustainabilityPlan and help your bottom-line

Presentation by Anahita Williamson, Ph.D., Director of NYS Pollution Prevention Institute

The WNYSBR and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute will be presented information on Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA).  LCA is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life from cradle to grave (i.e., from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling).

Your organization can benefit from LCA in a number of ways:

  • Identify and quantify opportunities for improvement (in terms of environmental impact and bottom-line profitability)
  • Optimize procurement by comparing products to determine which has preferred environmental attributes
  • Gain competitive advantage by meeting rising customer expectations for sustainability
  • Integrate sustainability criteria into core business decisions in the early phases of product or package design

To get more information on this topic, here are some short videos:



The WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable and the World Trade Center/ Buffalo Niagara are proud to announce the World Trade Celebration on May 20.

  • Patricia Donohue, Sustainable Supply Chain Program Manager, New York State Pollution Prevention Pollution Institute
  • Deborah Gondek, Director of Sustainability, Rich Products Corporation
  • Michael Jackson, Distribution Supervisor, Big Heart Pet Brands / Milkbone
  • Jim Manno, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Sonwil Distribution Center Inc.
  • Mark Shriver, Director of Safety and Environmental Affairs, Curbell, Inc.

2015 Earth Day Showcase

The WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable celebrated its one-year anniversary and the hard work of our members in making their businesses more sustainable and our region more resilient. Members attended to hear Dottie Gallager and Mark Poloncarz congratulate the hard work of the Roundtable and its dedicated members. 21 of the Roundtable’s business members have submitted their Sustainability Plans which can be viewed under “Our Members” tab on this site.

Friday April 24, 2015, Earth Week WNYSBR Showcase

Location: The Partnership, 665 Main St #200, Buffalo, NY
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Program

The program included:

  • Welcome from Dottie Gallagher, BNP
  • Address by County Executive Mark Poloncarz
  • Mark Shriver, President WNYSBR; Welcoming the new Board of Directors and new member businesses
  • Presentations from select WNY Businesses
  • Panel of member businesses:  A Sustainability Plan: Why have a Sustainability Plan


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Where:Tifft Nature Preserve’s new auditorium
1200 Fuhrmann Blvd Buffalo NY 14203

When: Wednesday April 22nd

Green Drinks networking and Tifft Nature Preserve tours (hikes if the weather is nice) 5:30, lecture starting at 7:00
Who: Come meet Jim Olsen, President and founder of FLOW (For Love of Water)
FLOW is a national organization dedicated to advancing public trust solutions to save the waters of the Great Lakes
Join us Earth Day for a special Green Drinks brought to you by GreenWorks Buffalo Niagara and the WNY Environmental Alliance.

We will have the documentary produced by FLOW playing in the background during the networking session. See the link here for more information:

We want to also thank our event sponsor, The Knoer Group, which continues to support important local green initiatives and activities that allow us all to get together.


March Roundtable Meeting

On Thursday March 26, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Computer Task Group will host the WNYSBR Monthly Meeting at their offices at 800 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY.  The first part of the meeting  will focus on WNYSBR  governance, that is the structure and leadership of the Roundtable;  members will then meet in small groups to assist each other with their sustainability plans.

We Invite any business that is contemplating joining the Roundtable to attend this meeting. We have organized a special orientation breakout session just for you.


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February Membership Meeting

It’s Time to Create Your Sustainability Plan

Wednesday February 25, 2015 9:00 am-11:00 am

Millington Lockwood and DIRTT

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Announcing the Sustainable Supply Chain Knowledge Clearinghouse:

Free Webinar

Please join NYSP2I and the Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. for a webinar

Thursday Feb. 19, 2015 1pm eastern

One way NYSP2I is assisting companies is through its new online resource, “Sustainable Supply Chain Knowledge Clearinghouse (”.egister

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2015 S.M.A.R.T. Sustainability Management And Resources Tradeshow

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The tradeshow was a great opportunity for WNY Businesses to access products, services and resources to help develop and implement sustainability plans.

Landscapers • Architects • Energy Conservation Consultants • Water Conservation • Waste and Recycling Management • E-Waste Disposal Services • Solar Panel Installers • Alternative Energy • Eco Packaging and Janitorial Suppliers and more…

Keynote address was given by Deb Friedel, Director of Sustainability, Delaware North     GreenPath® – Delaware North’s Approach to Responsible Stewardship.

“Delaware North serves as a leader in the Deb Friedelhospitality industry. Through GreenPath®, our integrated stewardship approach, we positively impact and support sustainability in the Special Places where we are privileged to operate.”

Where: UB Clinical and Translational research Center – A Gold LEED Bldg.
875 Ellicott Street, Buffalo NY 14203 – 5th floor

      Tradeshow:    3:00 pm – 7:30 pm
       GreenDrinks:   5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

For more information Contact:

Andrew Goldstein

Gold sponsors:

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Silver Sponsors:

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GreenDrinks organized by:

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Steering Committee and Partners:

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A WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable (WNYSBR) Event
Metric and Measuring
 Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Ecology & Environment, 368 Pleasant View Drive, Lancaster, NY
Roundtable at 3:00pm, Tour 4:30pm

October 22, 2014: EPA/SBR/P2 WNYSBR Kick-off Event

September 17, 2014 WNYSBR Meeting: Businesses Tell Their Story

Green Screen for Safer Chemicals Workshop | June 4, 20