2015 Regional Conference & Community Meeting

Western NY Community Based Science for Action Regional Workshop:

Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Dr. Tonawanda, NY 14150.



BUS TOUR: Friday, September 18, 2015: 3:30pm – 9pm.  Register today!


Saturday, September 19, 2015, 10am – 5pm, Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Dr. Tonawanda, NY 14150.  Come early to check out our innovative monitoring tools and join us for coffee at 9:30am.  We will also be serving lunch ($5 suggested donation).  Register today.

Check out the confirmed sessions here!

Last year we kicked off the first Community Based Science for Action Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.  This year, we’re hitting the road, hosting a Regional Conference in Tonawanda, New York!

Community Leaders and Grassroots Organizers from Citizen Science Community Resources (CSCR) attended the Conference in New Orleans and this year we’re hosting a workshop to share what we learned with our local community.

Not only are we planning a full day workshop on September 19th, but we’re kicking it off with a toxic tour on Friday September 18th.  Hear about the huge victory in Tonawanda from the folks who won it!  Then we’ll head over to Love Canal and end in Niagara Falls where we hope you’ll join us for dinner.

Stay tuned for info on how to Register!

Why Tonawanda?

NPR featured Tonawanda, NY in it’s Poisoned Places series due to the toxic pollution coming off of a nearby coke plant.

On March 28th, 2013, after a month long trial in US district court, twelve jurors found Tonawanda Coke and its environmental control manager guilty of 14 criminal charges violating the Clean Air Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Some of the charges included releasing coke oven gas (containing enormous amounts of benzene and particulate matter) into the air through a pressure relief valve and not reporting the emissions to regulators.

This landmark verdict is only the second time in US history that a company has been indicted and convicted under the Clean Air Act.  Precedent has been set for a number of environmental cases to come.

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Community Based Science for Action Conference