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WNY GOING GREEN: GREEN OPTIONS BUFFALO

Wednesday, 09.15.2010 / 9:47 AM / Blue & Gold Make Green
By Michael Jafari  - Graduate Assistant (2010)
The Buffalo Sabres Blue & Gold Make Green initiative has worked to improve sustainability and recycling within the organization over the last year. Now, the Sabres are asking the fans to reduce their environmental footprint.

Throughout the year, sabres.com will feature a local cause dedicated to making Western New York a “greener” place, and showing fans in the area how to incorporate conservation in their daily lives.

Take a look at this week’s profile on Green Options Buffalo.

Improving the environment is as easy as learning how to ride a bike.

At least that’s the message that Green Options Buffalo is trying to get across. The local organization has been encouraging the community to use bicycle riding as an alternative source of transportation to not only reduce the pollution and carbon footprint caused by cars, but to also create a better quality of life.

To carry out their message effectively, GO-Buffalo has set up several programs on their Web site.

“If people are interested in riding to help our community, we have a tool kit on our Web site that informs you on what you need to know in terms of riding and dressing properly,” said the organization’s chief executive director Justin Booth.

GO-Buffalo’s Web site also provides: community workshop schedules, recommended bike shops in the city, a list of bicycle benefits and safety tips.

The organization is always looking for ways to promote more bicycle use. To maximize their efforts, GO-Buffalo has teamed up with a few local businesses to make the transition to bicycle transportation a little easier in Western New York.

One of the companies that has partnered with the organization is local brewery Flying Bison. According to it’s Web site, Flying Bison has designed an amber ale known as “Rusty Chain Beer” that is sold to select bars in the area.  A portion of the beer’s earnings go toward GO-Buffalo’s funding to build more public bike racks for the city of Buffalo. 

To date, Booth claims they have already generated 177 racks, and expects to have 150 more built by the end of the year. All racks are designed by another local business, E.B. Iron Art in Tonawanda.

With more parking available and the price of gas ever-rising, Booth says now is the time to give bike riding a try.

“Google now offers map routes and directions for bicycle transportation,” Booth said, “which makes riding to work and school much easier now than ever before.”

For more information on Green Options Buffalo, click here. For healthy and easy tips for going green at home, or to become a Green Team member, click here.

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