November/December 2023 Monthly eBlast Updates – Join Us Tonight for Tonawanda Coke Updates!

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October – November 2022 Updates from Clean Air

River Road Corridor Meeting

TONIGHT November 27

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Join us tonight, November 27, between 5:30-8:30pm at the Brounshidle American Legion Post 205/VFW Post 2472 at 3354 Delaware Ave in Tonawanda or online to learn about our ongoing work in the Tonawanda-River Road Corridor.

Among other topics covered, we will review the Preliminary Draft Alternatives Analysis for a large portion of the former Tonawanda Coke site.

Doors will be at 5:30, our presentation (also available online) will be from 6-7pm, and our workshop portion will be from 7-8:30pm. Please register to help us order enough food and better plan!

With Bread and Roses,

Bridge, Chris, Cindy, Gia and Phil

Office Closed December 22 – January 2

Our office will be closed from December 22 – January 2.

Individual staff may or may not be responsive to email during the holiday break.

Happy holidays!

Clean Air’s Annual Grassroots Fundraising Training

Join us next Monday December 4 for our annual Grassroots Fundraising Training! Whether you plan to run a fundraiser to support our End of Year Appeal which launches tomorrow or for other upcoming fundraising work, we invite you to join us either in-person or online. Register by clicking here.

2024 Emergency Prep Series Survey

We are preparing our 2024 course on Emergency Preparedness and Mutual Aid Organizing – click here to help us choose our 2024 class offering!

NYS DEC East Side Environmental Forum

We hope you can join us at NYS DEC’s next East Side Environmental Forum on Wednesday December 13 from 5:30-7pm at the Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave in Buffalo. The topic this month will be the recently announced NYS DEC Urban Forestry grants.

This meeting will also be livestreamed – contact Kayla Baker for more information at or 716-541-9631.
Clean Air staff will be in attendance.

DEC and EPA Regulatory Public Comment Periods

141 Bushnell Street Buffalo EPA Action

EPA On-Scene Coordinators are overseeing the removal of chemical waste at 141 Bushnell Street in the Seneca-Babcock area of Buffalo. Read more about this project or contact the OSC by clicking here.

Advocacy Institute Class – Preparing for 2024 Legislative Session

Join the Advocacy Institute on Thursday, December 7th from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM for a training titled “Setting Yourself Up for Success: Preparing for the 2024 Session” where they will be joined by policy experts and experienced  advocates to discuss the upcoming New York State legislative and budget session. Conversations will include a review of the 2023 session, what advocates should be aware of going into a state-election year, ways to build  in your community, and how organizations can engage with elected officials in order to move their campaigns forward. Clean Air members have free access to AI trainings – donate today to renew your membership!

Congrats to Hamburg Organizers!

Residents in Hamburg are celebrating a successful organizing campaign opposing the building of a new asphalt plant – congratulations to these residents for their win!

STAMP Updates

Clean Air continues to monitor and support efforts to oppose the new STAMP industrial park in Genesee County, which regional indigenous nations are strongly opposed to. This month, the Investigative Post reported on how NYS has committed an additional $56 million in taxpayer dollars to finance related infrastructure projects, while the Buffalo News reported on the precarious financial status of the main anchor tenant, Plug Power.

“Create a Watershed Hero” Poster Contest

NYS DEC and NY Water Environment Association is holding their annual middle school watershed poster contest through January 12, 2024 – the theme this year is “Create a Watershed Superhero” and winners will be featured in DEC and NYWEA’s 2025 Annual Calendar.

New Delhi India

Air Quality Emergency

A combination of lower temperatures, still wind and crop stubble burning has caused an air quality emergency in the capital of India, New Delhi, with readings well above 450 AQI, which is dangerous for everyone. Read more by clicking here.

💜 Rest in Power Ina Ferguson 💜

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Ina J. Ferguson earlier this month – Ina was a powerhouse in local advocacy circles, fighting for everything from labor rights to environmental justice to education and beyond. Read more about her incredible life and lasting impact 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

Also see our regularly updated list of events at and

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 – Family Holiday Traditions

Bridge’s family celebrates St. Nicholas’ Day by putting their shoes out on the night of December 5th to be filled with candy.

Chris’ family celebrates Polish Christmas Eve or Wigilia, which is a holiday that dates back to pre-Christian Poland and has a number of traditions such as 12 meatless dishes and leaving out a space for family members who have passed.

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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