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Helios NRG Selected to Develop Green Technology

Helios-NRG, LLC has been awarded an SBIR grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop step-change technology that would produce renewable bio-fuels from algae.  This technology has the potential to create green jobs in Western New York, decrease the need for imported oil and reduce global warming.

The NSF grant will accelerate the development of a current Helios-NRG algae project.  The funding will allow Helios-NRG to potentially capture large quantities of carbon dioxide from industrial sources, such as power plants, and convert it through sunlight to useful bio-fuels.  The ultimate goal is to replace the petroleum that is currently being imported to the United States with the algae byproduct.  The algae can be produced on wasteland and can use waste from agricultural, municipal and industrial sources to grow.

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Cintas Announces Partnership with Carhartt

Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq:CTAS), North America’s largest uniform supplier, has partnered with Carhartt, a global manufacturer of premium workwear, to offer a line of Carhartt garments designed specifically for a uniform rental program.

According to a statement released by Carhartt, a uniform program is one of the best and easiest business building decisions that a company can make. With Carhartt Rental Workwear from Cintas, companies can increase their employee morale by giving their workers the clothes they want to wear every day with the convenience of a laundry service. 

“The strength of our company is our employees, so to dress them well makes us feel like we’re supporting them well,” says Mark Barkosky, a manager at Buckingham Coal, who is also in the Cintas rental program and appreciates the Carhartt quality firsthand.  “It looks real good, it feels real good, it’s real practical.  And believe me, we put it to the test.” 

Sustainable Energy Association Honors Solar Homes and Green Buildings

BUFFALO, NY-- The Western New York Sustainable Energy Association will honor three buildings for outstanding leadership in WNY for the use of energy-efficient building methods.

Daemen College is being honored for achieving LEED Gold Certification for its new Research & Information Center at 4380 Main Street. Daemen is being commended for creating an energy-efficient building that incorporates day lighting and many other sustainable features.

By rehabiliating existing buildings instead of demolishing them, the energy previously expended to build them, known as "embodied energy" is saved and further enhanced by incorporating renewable energy.

Aaron Bartley of PUSH (People United for Sustainable Housing) is being honored for converting an older house at 10 Winter Street in Buffalo to a NET-ZERO energy home.

Farm Sanctuary Fundraiser at Merge Restaurant

The above video, and another episode can be found on Farm Sanctuary's website, as well as the stories of the animals, and their rescues. The Shelter at Watkins Glen is housed on 175 rolling acres, and there you'll find cows, sheep, turkeys, goats, chickens, roosters, rabbits, and a few farm kitties that will stop by for a quick pet as you walk from barn to barn. 

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Amherst Chamber to Present Social Media Workshop

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce and special guest Sean Macaluso, of The Macaluso Groups, will present the informative workshop “Understanding Social Media” on Friday, October 1, 2010 at Bryant & Stratton College’s Amherst Campus, 3650 Millersport Highway.  Registration for the workshop will begin at 8:15 am and the workshop will begin promptly at 8:30 am.

“Understanding Social Media” is the second presentation in the Chamber’s fall series of educational workshops.  The seminar will provide participants with ideas on how to promote recognition for their brand, the benefits of social media and most importantly, how it can help drive business.  The class will show attendees how social media can further business, how to use these tools effectively and the ins and outs of Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

Unique Fashion Show Raises Awareness, Help and Hope for Homeless Pets

AMHERST, NY--Local models will be hitting the catwalk to help four-legged felines, canines and other homeless pets. Maurice's will host a fashion show on Saturday, September 18 at 3135 Niagara Falls Blvd.

The show starts at 12:00 p.m.- 2:30, featuring models wearing Maurice's fall fashions. The goal is to raise support for animal shelters and help increase pet adoptions.

"It's a great way to create awareness of the need for pet adoptions and to raise supplies and financial support for our local shelter," says Store Manager Cheryl Meteer.

The campaign continues throughout the month of September. People are invited to donate pet supplies or monetary gifts, with all support going directly to SPCA Serving Erie County.

Visit www.maurices.com for more information.

Saturday is 'Electronic Recycling Day' in Tonawanda

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, R-Tonawanda, reminds residents to gather all unwanted computer and electronic items for an Electronic Recycling Day planned for Saturday.

Sponsored by Erie County, General Motors and UAW, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at GM Tonawanda Engine Plant #5, 280 Vulcan St., between Niagara Street/River Road and Kenmore Avenue.

Items that will be accepted include: computers, monitors, terminals, network equipment, keyboards, mice, other accessories, and printers/scanners. Also, cell phones, iPods, VCRs/DVD players, fax machines, circuit boards, video game systems, batteries and universal power supplies.

Televisions will be accepted for a $5 charge. Participants may be required to verify that materials are generated by households.