Recorded Classes

Tonawanda Coke Historic Land use and its Impact on the Environment and Local Communities

Tonawanda Coke was in operation in Western NY for over 100 years. Learn more about the coking process, the corporation’s conviction under the Clean Air Act, the investigations of the Tonawanda Coke Soil Study and the Environmental Health Study for WNY into the impact of its operation, and the ongoing remediation of the Tonawanda Coke property being done by the EPA and NYS-DEC.

Instructor: Tammy Milillo, PhD, Research Scientist Health Study for WNY, Dept. of Epidemiology and Environmental Health Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, University at Buffalo

 

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on November 17, 2021. 

Buffalo, City of Good Food Neighbors, Part 2

Did you know that Buffalo is home to more than a dozen urban farms and 100+ community gardens? Collectively, they have transformed more than 10 acres of vacant spaces into beautiful, bountiful spaces that feed their neighbors. In this class we’ll highlight the numerous social, economic, and ecosystem services that urban agriculture provides for our City. We’ll learn about the unique challenges that come with growing in urban environments – land access, soil quality, zoning and policies. Along the way we’ll cover key organizations that you can connect with to get started with community growing, school gardens, or establishing your own urban farm.

Instructors: Caitlin Tucker, Extension Assistant, Cornell Cooperative Extension – Cornell Vegetable Program; Allison DeHonney, CEO, Urban Fruits and Veggies LLC; Matt Kauffman, Farm Manager, 5 Loaves Farm; Tim Chen, Program Manager, Grassroots Gardens Western New York

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on November 10, 2021. 

Living with COPD: Self care for people diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease

The presentation is for people living with COPD and their significant others. We’ll review treatment and medication options, daily self-care tips, warning signs and when to call your doctor.

Instructor: Suzanne Stoklosa, MSN, ANP-BC

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on November 9th, 2021. 

Green Cleaning: An Introduction to Safer Cleaning Products for your Home

In this workshop, you will learn about the health impacts associated with chemicals in some cleaning products, how to find out what’s in the products you may be using, and how to find safer products. We’ll also introduce a recipe booklet you can download with recipes to make your own cleaning supplies!

Instructor: Donna Wysokenski, Environment and Health Education Coordinator Environmental Health Study for WNY, University at Buffalo

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on October 27, 2021. 

Access the Green and Clean Recipe Booklet here. 

Perk Up Your Posture

We’ll discuss the muscles and bones that keep you upright. You’ll learn the importance of good posture and some tips to help you achieve it.

Instructor: Jeannethe King, PT, DPT, ATC, Excelsior Orthopaedics

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on November 4, 2021.

Click here to access the PowerPoint presentation.  

Let's Talk About Depression and Suicide

We'll cover the signs and symptoms of depression and what treatment can look like. We'll also discuss the risk factors for suicide and where to get help.

Instructor: Mark O’Brien, LCSW-R, Commissioner, Erie County Department of Mental Health

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on October 26, 2021. 

Buffalo, City of Good Food Neighbors, Part 1

Did you know that Buffalo is home to more than a dozen urban farms and 100+ community gardens? Collectively, they have transformed more than 10 acres of vacant spaces into beautiful, bountiful spaces that feed their neighbors. In this class we’ll highlight the numerous social, economic, and ecosystem services that urban agriculture provides for our City. We’ll learn about the unique challenges that come with growing in urban environments – land access, soil quality, zoning and policies. Along the way we’ll cover key organizations that you can connect with to get started with community growing, school gardens, or establishing your own urban farm.

Instructor: Caitlin Tucker, Extension Assistant, Cornell Cooperative Extension – Cornell Vegetable Program

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on October 28, 2021. 

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela lived one of the most remarkable lives of the 20th Century. Discover how Mandela went from prison cell to presidential office.

Instructor: Claude Welch, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus Department of Political Science, University of Buffalo

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on October 21, 2021. 

Vitamin D

We’ll learn why Vitamin D is necessary for our bodies and ways to increase our levels.

Instructor: Darcie Hanson, R.N., clinical coach, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on October 20, 2021. 

Understanding Veterans Benefits

Find out about the federal, state, and local benefits for which veterans, current service members, and their families may be eligible.

Instructor: Daniel Ratka, Veterans Service officer, Erie County Veterans Service Agency

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on October 18, 2021.