Writers Group

Climate and Clean Energy Writers Group

A public education and outreach project of the Sierra Club Niagara Group

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Upcoming Meeting

The Writers Group meets monthly for presentations on climate and energy topics. We encourage writing for publication as a means to build support for needed change.

“Green the Grid and Electrify Everything”

Presented by: Andrew Pezzullo, Clean Power Fellow with New Yorkers for Clean Power

When: Dec. 8th at 6:30

Where: Virtually on Zoom – Find the link here

NYCP Electrify

Please Join Us! – Find the link here

What will it take to transition NY’s economy to renewables? What is needed for NY’s electric grid to be powered with renewable sources? How do we decarbonize our buildings and transportation so they are running off that renewable electricity? Join us to find out.

Andrew Pezzullo is originally from Maine. He studied cultural anthropology and environmental science while gaining experience in political organizing, farming, and food systems. After graduating college, Andrew began his professional career as an organic farmer in the Hudson Valley and has worked at multiple farm operations across the region.  He was part of the first class of the Hudson Valley Farm Hub’s professional farmer training program, leaving after 2 years to start his own farm operation. After 8 years in the agriculture field, Andrew transitioned back into grassroots organizing around climate and energy policy at the state level with Food & Water Watch and now with NYCP! He is a Clean Power Fellow working with renewable energy supporters Upstate and using the Green the Grid & Electrify Everything presentation and toolkit.

Recordings of recent meetings:

Myths and Facts on Fighting Climate Change with Solar  We must transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy as we face the very real climate crisis before us. Dr Perez answers these questions. What role will solar play in meeting our energy needs here in NY? What are the most effective and efficient ways to harness the power of the sun to meet our growing needs as we phase out fossil fuels? Dr. Perez is the Senior Research Associate (lead solar energy researcher) at the Atmospheric Science Research Center, University of Albany.  The recording can be found here.

The Cryptocurrency Mining Dilemma was another excellent presentation that included NY Assemblywoman Dr. Anna Kelles, Lauren Darcy a Senior Planner with BN Waterkeeprs and Dr. Colin Reed, former Mayor of Plattsburgh. The recording can be found here.

Save the Outer Harbor we learned the importance of the shoreline habitat of Buffalo’s Outer Harbor and the need to protect this freshwater ecosystem from writer and conservationist Margaret Wooster. The recording can be found here.

Past Monthly Meeting Topics: 

June 2018 Wind Energy:  Understanding its potential and its opposition – presented by Neely Kelley, Senior Organizer for Mothers Out Front.

August 2017 Massive Solar Project Could Eclipse Your Imagination – Ryan McPherson, UB’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Spoke on localizing Buffalo’s renewable energy future.

June 2017 Electric Buses – Judah Aber, Co founder of EB START Consulting dedicated to assisting transit agencies with the transition to electric buses.

April 2017 The Transition to Clean Energy in Germany – How Government, Labor, Environmentalists and the Political Parties interact. Richard Lipsitz, President, WNY Area Labor Federation.

January 2017 Gas is a Problem Not a Solution  – showing of report from Cornell professors that use of methane in NY has grown since the fracking ban and is a serious threat to meeting greenhouse gas climate goals. Rob Galbraith from Public Accountability Initiative presented regarding National Fuel’s funding of the proposed fracked gas Northern Access Pipeline.


MAKE A DIFFERENCE – The Sierra Club has set up a Climate and Clean Energy Writers Group to encourage a stronger voice for local advocates in the regional dialogue on climate change and renewable energy.  We meet monthly to hear a short presentation on a relevant topic, discuss energy related news, letters and articles, and encourage each other to write for publication on topics of interest.

We are seeking writers of all ages and are very interested in getting the word out via various media, including print and the internet.  If you would like to write, critique writing, or track local news items, please let us know via email c/o billnowa@gmail.com.

What is the process:

You are encouraged at any time to write letters to the editor, or other formats to express your opinion about climate and clean energy issues.

The monthly meetings are meant to provide stimulating information and a chance to talk together.


Guidelines for articles and letters to the Buffalo News can be found here.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz has set up a great page laying out how to write letters to the editor to local media here.

Writer’s Group Links can be found here.