May-June 2023 Monthly Email Updates

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October – November 2022 Updates from Clean Air

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Summer sunshine has finally reached us, and we have lots of fun activities coming up this month that you can join us for – scroll down (and keep on scrolling!) to learn more.

With Bread and Roses,

Bridge, Chris, and Phil

Sackett vs EPA Ruling

Last week, the Supreme Court issued a decision on Sackett vs EPA which extremely undermines the ability of the federal government to protect waterways.

Read our statement on our blog, as well as this coverage from EarthJustice and Earther to learn more.

Consider taking action today by renewing your membership or joining us now!

Lots of June Events!

We will be out and about in the community at events all throughout this month – read more about each further down in this email, or click the links below to register!

Buffalo Pride Parade

Ken-Ton Pedal Party

Buffalo Juneteenth

Summer Emergency Prep Training

Hiring Updates

Interviews are currently underway to hiring an organizer for the American Axle Campaign, but we are still accepting applications – submit your resume and cover letter today to, and click here to see the full job post.

Hiring flyer for Clean Air's currently open position

A Win for Delavan-Grider Residents!

The Community Advisory Group meeting that our American Axle team fought for was a rounding success, and the DEC and site owner heard the community loud and clear that they want more frequent meetings. As a result, the NYS DEC has committed to hosting monthly CAG meetings for Axle! We will share info on the next meeting as soon as it is scheduled.

We now have a Linktree!

We recently made a Linktree to make it easier for folks to find and share info on our upcoming events and key highlights at Clean Air! Check it out –

Pride Parade Justice Bloc

We are delighted to share that we will again be cohosting a Justice bloc for the Buffalo Pride Parade on Sunday June 4! Click here to register or here for the Facebook event. Although step off isn’t until 11, we will be kicking off with a rally at 10am at the line up, so join us early at the Buff State parking lot!

Unable to join us? Please consider sending a letter to your representatives in Albany in support of the 2023 Equality NY legislative platform by clicking here. EQNY is a statewide group that fights for LGBTQIAS2+ civil and human rights through legislative advocacy.

Ken-Ton Pedal Party

Join us on Friday June 9th at 6:30pm at Fattey Beer Company at 3116 Delaware Ave in Kenmore, for the 2023 Ken-Ton Pedal Party!

Emergency Prep Training

Our next Emergency Prep and Mutual Aid training will be Saturday June 10 from 11-2pm at 429 Plymouth Ave (School 77) in Buffalo. Be sure to register today, as this training is capped at 20.

In addition to practicing Stop the Bleed and Hands-only CPR, this training will focus on summer heat and storm preparedness. We will also read and discuss these articles on fascist recruitment efforts in disaster zones, and the rise of ecofascism.

Buffalo Juneteenth

We will be tabling at the Health Pavilion at the Buffalo Juneteenth Festival! Be sure to swing by the pavilion to say hi, or sign up for a volunteer shift by clicking here.

Power Building Movement Mixer

Our next Power Building Movement Mixer is Thursday June 15 from 4:30-6pm at Community Beer Works, 520 7th St in Buffalo – join us and build comradery among our membership and within the greater WNY justice movement!

Advocacy Institute Leadership Accelerator 2023-2024

Bridge participated in the 2022-2023 Inaugural Advocacy Institute Leadership Accelorator program, and cannot recommend it enough to other organizers whose work includes statewide legislative campaigns! If yo are

interested in this program, you can apply for the 2023-2024 class by June 16, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact Bridge.

NY Renews Updates

Last week, Clean Air joined other members of NY Renews to push for a more equitable and just long term plan from National Fuel.

National Fuel’s current draft plan continues to push for expansions of the natural gas infrastructure, rather than center a gradual and just phase down that will maintain jobs and prevent socioeconomic  hardship. National Fuel is also funding a large disinformation campaign with funding from the Conservation Incentive Program on our gas bills, a rather absurd use of this fee.
Click here to send a letter demanding a just plan!

NY Renews is also working to pass the Climate Jobs and Justice package and the NY HEAT act in the final days of the legislative session. Click here to sign up for the statewide phone relay tomorrow, and here to learn more about the current status of the NY HEAT Act.

New York’s Economywide Cap-and-Invest Pre-Proposal Webinar Series

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) are hosting a pre-proposal webinar series to provide the public an opportunity to learn about the rulemakings under development for the New York State Cap-and-Invest Program. Read the press release.

This is the first set in a series of webinars to inform the public and encourage written feedback during the initial phase of outreach. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available at If you wish to continue receiving updates on the development of the Cap-and-Invest Program, please join the Climate Act mailing list.

Below is the full list of scheduled webinars for this first round. For more information on how to join the webinars, please visit

June 1, 1 to 3 p.m. – Cap-and-Invest Overview

June 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Natural Gas focused webinar

June 8, 1 to 3 p.m. – Liquid Fuels focused webinar

June 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Energy Intensive and Trade Exposed Industries focused webinar

June 15, 1 to 3 p.m. – Waste focused webinar

June 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Cap-and-Invest Analysis Inputs and Methods

June 22, 1 to 3 p.m. – Electricity focused webinar

As New York begins drafting regulations, regulators are considering California’s existing economywide programs, as well as those operating in Quebec and Washington State. This webinar series will provide the public with a series of questions on topics that DEC and NYSERDA are seeking input. DEC and NYSERDA are interested in hearing what elements of other jurisdictions’ regulations would work well in New York, and what improvements or changes may best serve New York.

Huge Win for Build Public Renewables!

The budget finally passed, and we’re thrilled to share that it not only includes Build Public Renewables, but also the strong labor standards that we advocated for as members of the the Energy Democracy Alliance and NY Renews! Read more about this monumental statewide win by clicking here, and check out this guide that runs through all the policy wins and losses from this year’s budget session.

But what the heck is leachate? Gizmodo recently published a great explainer all about the management and chemistry of landfills – check it out by clicking here!

Report a Polluter

See dark smoke or dust rising from an industrial site, or smell something foul?

Visit to file a report, or, for rapid response, call 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267) or the DEC Spill Hotline/Odor Hotline at 1-800-457-7362.

If you’d like CACWNY to support you, send us a copy of your report!

Upcoming Events Calendar


Community and Coalition Events

Public Comment Deadlines and Hearings

  • June 16 – 670 Ohio St Brownfield Application comments due
  • NYS Cap and Invest Webinar Series
    • June 1, 1 to 3 p.m. – Cap-and-Invest Overview
    • June 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Natural Gas focused webinar
    • June 8, 1 to 3 p.m. – Liquid Fuels focused webinar
    • June 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Energy Intensive and Trade Exposed Industries focused webinar
    • June 15, 1 to 3 p.m. – Waste focused webinar
    • June 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Cap-and-Invest Analysis Inputs and Methods
    • June 22, 1 to 3 p.m. – Electricity focused webinar

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Mutual Aid

Do you need a N95 mask? We have a limited supply available at the office for our members – send us a quick email and we’ll send a few your way! We encourage wearing masks at our in-person events, particularly during seasons of peak COVID transmission.

Be sure to check out the Buffalo Mutual Aid Network Facebook group, where mutual aid services and calls for donations and donations are being posted on an ongoing basis. You can also click here to join the Buffalo Snow Brigade. We also suggest checking out the resources at as well as their new website

If interested in joining mutual aid efforts with Clean Air, particularly in the realm of community resiliency amid climate change,
please reach out to Bridge.

Monthly Staff Recs

We enjoyed seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, and we bet you will as well! We look forward to including another Awesome Mix for our General Meetings. 

Interested in joining our Tonawanda Tomorrow or River Road campaigns, Proof of Work campaign, or supporting NYRenews/climate justice?

Interested in joining our Peabody Street, TESLA campaigns, Energy Democracy Alliance, or other Just Transition campaign work?

Interested in joining our
American Axle campaign?

Interested in joining our events committee, mutual aid team, or want to connect with CACWNY about an emerging campaign or issue?


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