Eric Walker is the Director of Energy Development and Management in the Erie County Department of Public Works. There, he works to drive conservation and efficiency in County owned facilities while working with an interdepartmental team to develop strategic initiatives that strengthen Erie County’s sustainability leadership. Before joining Erie County, Eric served as the inaugural Racial Equity Fellow for the Center for Social Inclusion’s Energy Democracy project, where he used his advocacy and policy experience to help launch the NY Energy Democracy Alliance. He is also co-founder People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) in Buffalo, NY, where he drove its community organizing work related to residential energy efficiency, including spearheading the regional advocacy for and local implementation of Green Jobs/Green NY.
Dr. Alan Delmerico is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Health and Social Research. He received a BA/MA in Economics, an MA in Geography, and a PhD in Geography from the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. He teaches classes at Buffalo State in Data Visualization for Health Promotion and Health Program Planning. His work at the Center for Health and Social Research involves managing multiple applied research projects, conducting spatial and statistical analysis of project data, and maintaining geographic databases. His research has focused on the development and application of spatial analytical methods to topics of health behaviors, and in particular, the spatial analysis of alcohol use and related behaviors. Additionally, he has broad research interests in the role of ecological factors in influencing health outcomes, including the prevention of chronic disease and healthy aging.