Keep up with us as we journey to empower our neighbors and foster environmental health.
Soil sampling and Toolkit
Citizen Scientists in Tonawanda started testing their soil in 2012 because they were concerned about possible contamination due to the many nearby factories. They tested high exposure areas such as gardens and play areas and discovered elevated levels of certain toxins in some areas. Today, we continue to share our knowledge with folks interested in testing their own yard for environmental toxins. We've put together a open source citizen science soil sampling toolkit for communities in WNY to borrow, build or buy! We’re looking for community partners in neighborhoods closest to the shuttered Tonawanda Coke site. Come to our open house on July 25th, 2019 from 4:30-6:30pm or July 30th, 2019 from 1-5pm.
EnVironmental Science & Health Education CTR
In 2016 , in collaboration with the University at Buffalo soil and health studies, we established a “Center” to support the projects and community. As part of the court ordered projects, we surveyed communities most impacted by Tonawanda Coke emissions, to see what folks wanted in our community “Center”. Today, we are working to bring these programs to the community.
Students as Citizen Scientists
Our youth education program gives K-12 students hands-on experience gathering samples in the field. Student participants help to empower Western New York communities in protecting their environment.