August-September Eblast Updates

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October – November 2022 Updates from Clean Air

Happy Labor Day!

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We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend planned! Our office will be closed on Monday, and most staff will be taking this Friday off as well.
See you at the parade on Monday!

With Bread and Roses,

Bridge, Chris, and Phil

September Events with Clean Air

Join us at our events this month!

Tomorrow, August 29: 

Tonawanda Zoning Workshop, scroll further down to read more

Saturday September 9: Emergency Prep and Mutual Aid Class, Shelter In Place Preparedness focus, click here to register.

Monday, September 18: Lovejoy neighborhood general meeting, email Phil for info

Thursday September 21: General Meeting, click here to register.

All our public events are planned with childcare and food provided. Additional accessibility requirements, like interpretation, is also available by request by preregistering.

Please Welcome Cindy and Gia!

We’re thrilled to introduce our two new staff members, Cindy Stroud and
Gia Spicola!

Cindy will be our Environmental Justice Organizer for our Delavan-Grider and American Axle campaign work. Cindy is a lifetime East Side resident who formerly worked with individuals with intellectual and/or physical disabilities, and was a union steward.

Gia will be our new Grassroots Development Organizer, and formerly worked for Governor Kathy Hochul in fundraising and event planning.

Read their full profiles by clicking here, or check out our intro post on

 our Instagram!

Breathing Free Community Leaders

Apply Today for a Free PurpleAir Monitor!

Our application for members and supporters who are interested in being a neighborhood leader for our Breathing Free Community Air Monitoring Program, hosting a PurpleAir Monitor at their home or business, or for those who want to get involved more generally in this program, is now open! Click here to sign up!

We will follow up with applicants in September with an initial meeting date.

Want to watch the recording from our July General Meeting of our Wildfire Smoke presentation? Click here!

Tonawanda Zoning Workshop TOMORROW Tuesday August 29

The Town of Tonawanda has released it’s draft zoning code and map for public review! Learn more at our Zoning Workshop at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive in Tonawanda – drop by anytime tomorrow Tuesday August 29 between 4-8pm. Please register for the workshop today and bring a friend or two! Childcare and food provided. Can’t make it to the workshop but want to submit a comment? Click here to use our form, or contact the town planner directly at (716) 871-8847 x 1 or


The public comment period is currently slated to close this Thursday August 31. Please take a moment to send a letter to the town planner to request an extension! Earlier this month we submitted 10 pages of signatures from Clean Air members, supporters, and Tonawandans all in favor of a comment extension – your added voice will help amplify this ask!

We will notify all our Tonawanda-area members when the public hearing and vote on the townwide comprehensive zoning amendments is scheduled – at this time we expect it will be in October.

Interested in getting connected with Clean Air to oppose fossil fuel based cryptocurrency mining? Email Bridge!

Updates on Our Social Media Accounts

We will no longer be regularly updating our Twitter account.

Instead, we encourage our members and supporters to follow us on Bluesky and Threads.

Are you a member or supporter who would like to join Bluesky but need an invite code? Fill out this form and we’ll send you one as the codes are made available to us!

We are also still on Instagram and Facebook – also be sure to “friend” our staff Facebook profile to receive invites to events and to join our new members and supporters-only group launching later this year!

2023 Brownfields Conference

Our Tonawanda-area Environmental Justice Organizer Bridge Rauch and longtime member Tom Morahan both attended the 2023 EPA Brownfields Conference in Detroit this month. Read more here!

March for the Land September 27 Toronto

Clean Air will be attending the September 27 March for the Land mobilization in Toronto in support of the First Nations of Northern Ontario in opposition to unwanted mining activity on their Territories. We will be carpooling from Buffalo on September 26, staying overnight, and returning late evening on the 27th. Click here to learn more, or here to RSVP to join us!

September 27 2023 Toronto March for the Land Mobilization

RSVP for our September 21 General Meeting!

NYS DEC East Buffalo Environmental Forum

We hope you can join us at NYS DEC’s next East Buffalo Environmental Forum on Wednesday September 13 from 5:30-7pm at the Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave in Buffalo. This meeting will also be livestreamed – contact Kayla Baker for more information at or 716-541-9631.

Regulatory Comment Periods

Donation asks from our friends at Justice for Migrant Families

Donations can be dropped off  at Burning Books (420 Connecticut Street, Buffalo) everyday 11-7. If you have additional supplies or questions, please email

  • Bikes, locks and helmets + training wheels (NOTE: Please DO NOT drop bikes off at Burning Books! Email or to coordinate a drop off location and time!)
  • Baby dolls, balls (soccer, volleyballs), chalk
  • Lotion (children’s and adult)
  • Nice wigs, makeup and good smelling soaps or perfumes
  • Strollers
  • Suitcases

As fall and winter weather approaches, JFMF will be collecting warm coats, boots and warm clothing for families. Additionally, they will be working in the coming weeks to collect school supplies for children; follow JFMF’s social media to stay apprised.

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!

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 recommend watching Ahsoka this month – and Rebels if you haven’t already!

Ahsoka Promotional Graphic

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 or supporting our work in the Delavan-Grider neighborhood?

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

Interested in supporting Clean Air’s grassroots fundraising efforts, or know of a grant opportunity that might support our work?

Want to donate to support our work?


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