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>EPA honors UB for use of power from wind

The University at Buffalo has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for its use of wind power to meet the university's electricity needs.

The EPA has named UB as one of the largest green power purchasers in the higher-education sector. It is ranked No. 10 on EPA's list of college and university green power partners.

The ranking honors UB's annual wind-power purchase of 12,000 megawatt-hours of electricity -- 6 percent of its annual usage -- and its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"One of the critical functions of any research university is to develop pioneering alternatives and solutions that address issues of national and global consequence," UB President John B. Simpson said in a statement. "And in seeking out renewable energy resources and implementing environmentally sustainable alternatives, UB is committed to addressing one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century."

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>Iroquois refuge seeking public input on programs

The federal caretakers of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge want to know what programs the public would like to see there. The refuge comprises 10,818 acres in Genesee and Orleans counties.

Among the topics the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks input on are: environmental education, interpretation, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, hunting and fishing.

The public is invited to comment on these matters at the refuge's office, 1101 Casey Road, Basom, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 30, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 31 and from 8 a.m. to noon April 1. Comments also may be submited to the office by mail (the ZIP code is 14013) or via e-mail at iroquois@fws.gov.

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