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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

NFTA at the Sustainability Fair

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority showed off its green side this past week at the 5th Annual UB Sustainable Living Fair held at the University at Buffalo's North Campus.

The NFTA was one of over 40 area organizations involved in the event designed to raise awareness of environmental stewardship and teach ways for individuals to reduce their own personal environmental footprints.

"The fair is a great way for members of the UB community -- including students who are here from all across the globe -- to learn about their roles in maintaining a more sustainable environment," said Jim Simon, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator with UB's Office of Sustainability.

NFTA employees -- including NFTA Environmental Engineer Mary Padasak -- were on hand to remind fairgoers that using Metro is an easy and effective means for helping the environment.

"Public transportation is the backbone to sustainable living in urban areas like Buffalo," said Padasak.  "People who ride Metro Bus and Rail are helping to lower pollution, take cars off the road and reduce carbon footprints."

The NFTA also promoted its own ongoing green initiatives, including the recent introduction of its fleet of over 50 hybrid buses and the installation of energy-efficient solar panels at the Frontier bus garage.

UB Freshman Anita Levine was one of approximately 1,500 fairgoers in attendance. She said she was impressed with the various ways local organizations are working toward a cleaner planet.

"I'm currently an undecided major, but I've taken classes on the environment and am considering environmental engineering as a career," Levine said.  "It's interesting for me to see all the things these companies are doing to have a positive impact on the environment.  I'm hoping to someday take a few of these ideas and perhaps use them in my own work."

The NFTA joined several vendors including National Fuel, National Grid and the New York Power Authority in providing attendees with a wealth of free gift bags and other promotional items.  Fairgoers who stopped by the NFTA table inside the student union were entered to win a gift basket, which included a voucher for a free monthly Metro pass (congratulations to our lucky winner, Joanne Martin.)