The Niagara Group represents Sierrans in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming counties in Western New York and the Southerntier. The Niagara Group is one of eleven local groups in the New York State Atlantic Chapter. The Sierra Club is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States, founded by John Muir in 1892.
Niagara Group Activities
We’re busy focusing on hydrofracking issues in the region, NYS climate change and energy policy, wetlands protection in WNY and more! Read more on the issues and learn how you can get involved.
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We hold Group meetings the fourth Tuesday of the month at Daemen College, in room 240 of Dun Scotus Hall. The campus is located at 4380 Main Street in Amherst. Our meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are packed with discussion of current environmental issues. All are welcome, come join us. We look forward to meeting you.
Issues and Activities
Our members are involved in many different activities to help protect the environment of our local area, the state, and the planet, including the following:
- We oppose the destructive and toxic horizontal drilling practice for natural gas known as hydrofracking, and chemical waste disposal sites that pollute our environment and drinking supplies.
- We seek to protect and enhance our local wetlands, water bodies, forests, parks and watersheds.
- We lobby our local and state politicians for better environmental laws and policies, and endorse candidates who support the environment.
- We host environmental speakers, Earth Day activities, school energy efficiency presentations, and participate in other events throughout the year to educate the public about environmental issues.
Executive Committee Members
Chair: Lynda Schneekloth
Vice-Chair; Atlantic Chapter Alternate Delegate: Larry Beahan
Atlantic Chapter Delegate-at-large; Conservation Chair: Art Klein
Atlantic Chapter Delegate: Robert Ciesielski
Secretary: Sara Schultz
Treasurer: Larry Snider
Legal Advisor:Richard Lippes
Membership & Volunteer Coordinator: Angela Knisley
Newsletter Editor: Pamela Hughes
Newsletter Graphic Designer: Gretchen WhiteNon-executive members working with the Niagara Group:Political and Toxics Committee Chair: Joe Gardella
Education Committee Chair: Vicky Southall
Wetlands Committee Chair: Liz Kaszubski
Webmaster: Amy Hayes