Research and Initiatives

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The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR in Buffalo plays an important role in advancing labor’s involvement in the transition for a more environmentally sustainable future. 

Arthur Wheaton represents the ILR School’s environmental education interests in Western New York.

Cornell in Buffalo serves as the home to the WNY Environmental Alliance, with Art serving as treasurer and board member.  The WNY Environmental Alliance is a coalition of over 100 Western NY nonprofit environmental organizations.  Cornell in Buffalo serves as the official office and meeting space for a wide variety of environmental groups in Western New York.

Cornell in Buffalo is also home to the WNY Apollo Alliance with Art serving as Co-Chair.  The WNY Apollo Alliance is comprised of a coalition of business, education, labor, environmental and community leaders working towards energy conservation.  He has moderated various roundtables focused on key environmental issues with groups in Western New York and coordinates the Home Energy Conservation Kit (HECK) project, which receives funding from state, local and private sources, and helps educate students, homeowners, and lower income families on environmentally friendly, power saving measures that can be taken to help lower energy costs.  WNY Apollo also sponsors the WNY Environmental Summit at Daemen College with Art serving on the summit board.

The Worker Institute-led training in Buffalo received an award for Buffalo’s Green and Health Homes Initiative, which teaches people how to identify and mitigate household hazards such as indoor pollution, was made by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Council on Foundations.  Art Wheaton and Nellie Brown, MS, C.I.H., Director of Cornell's Workplace Health and Safety Program and a Worker Institute associate, developed the two-day course that is the heart of the Buffalo program and is used in the National Green and Healthy Homes Curriculum.

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