Texting out WNY environmental problems

News and analysis by Dan Telvock, Investigative Post's environmental reporter

Western New York residents now can use their phones to report environmental concerns directly to the people in power.

The Western New York Environmental Alliance has partnered with the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo‘s mobile communications tool Grow 716 to launch the “716 Stands Up for the Environment” text messaging campaign on Earth Day.

This is how it works: text the keyword “WNYEA” to 877-877.

The mobile tool texts back a few questions and your answers will go by letter to elected officials in May.

Although the alliance asks residents to text before May 1, the campaign will extend beyond that.

Residents can track results on the campaign website.

“We think this is a unique and interactive way for citizens to get involved in bettering our environment,” said Kristen Kaszubowski, environmental communications coordinator for the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.