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Letter: Local groups working to reduce climate change

Local groups working to reduce climate change

Thanks to The News for calling attention to the important issue of climate change in the recent editorial, “Rising tide.” It is important to note that there are businesses and governments in our region that are working together to “reduce the severity of global climate change.” In fact, that exact phrase is included in the membership pledge for the Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable.

Our pledge also includes a commitment to create and implement a sustainability plan that reduces waste and pollution, protects our waterways, optimizes the use of energy and materials, and invests in our communities. To date more than 60 businesses and organizations have joined, including Curbell, Rich Products, Erie County, Perry’s, the Buffalo Zoo and Community Beer Works.

We are holding our second annual Sustainable Business Expo today from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at the Adam’s Mark. Not only will the event feature more than 50 exhibitors whose products and services help our region reduce its carbon footprint, we will also be featuring Andrew Winston as our keynote speaker. Winston, a globally recognized speaker and writer, advises many of the world’s leading companies on how they can navigate and profit from humanity’s biggest challenges. This event is free thanks to our generous sponsors. For more information, visit

Mark Shriver

President, WNY Sustainable

Business Roundtable, Elma