Citizen Planning School

Citizen Planning School


Cultivating an engaged and informed citizenry to become agents for change at the local level is a central component to implementing One Region Forward.

CPS_Spring2015SignUp_250Sign up for Spring 2015 Session Citizen Planning School

Already participated? Or new to the Citizen Planning School? Spring 2015 semester features new, more in-depth content. Come and join us again, learn something new or apply for the Champions for Change program!

Sign-up online to register for the 2015 Citizen Planning School or apply for the Champions for Change Program. 

Applications for the Champions for Change Program close February 28, 2015. Applicants will be advised of their program admission status via e-mail by 3/5/15. All applicants, regardless of being accepted to the Champions for Change program or not, are registered automatically for the Citizen Planning School Learning Sessions.

Want to plan a change in your community?
One Region Forward can provide you with the tools to make it happen!

Watch and learn more about the Citizen Planning School and the Champions for Change Program

Whether you are a concerned citizen interested in learning more about the basics of planning and sustainable development, or you want to implement your idea for a sustainable initiative in your neighborhood, the Citizen Planning School has something to offer. Hosted by One Region Forward and UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, the program offers two levels of training.

Citizen Planning School Learning Sessions – The Basics


The Citizen Planning School program provides citizens of Erie and Niagara counties with tools to increase the sustainability of their communities and ultimately, the Buffalo Niagara region at large. All participants attend issue-based lectures, have access to online toolkits, receive a Certificate of Completion, and attend the Idea Summit that celebrates the work of all program participants. Participation in the Citizen Planning School is free and open to the public.

Champions for Change Program – Advanced Training

ChampionsforChangeThe Citizen Planning School also offers an additional level of training called Champions for Change. Champions for Change are Citizen Planners that want to take their engagement one step further by creating a plan for action for a sustainability project in their community, attending technical assistance hours to create this plan, and presenting it at the Idea Summit.

The Champions for Change Program is a competitive, application-based program. Applications for the Champions for Change Program close February 28, 2015.
Apply now.

Class of 2014 Citizen Planning School

CPS2014_2502014 Citizen Planning School – Learning Sessions

The first year of the Citizen Planning School was launched in spring 2014 with more than 100 participants. Citizens learned from local experts from the private, public and nonprofit sectors on a range of issues in planning and sustainable development. Four learning sessions with panel discussions focused on two-way learning for participants.

CPS_champs250rev2014 Champions for Change

The first class of Champions for Change in 2014 received technical assistance beyond the learning sessions to turn their ideas for small scale community projects into action.
Meet our 2014 Champions and read about their projects.


IdeaSummit2014_2502014 Idea Summit

The work of the Citizen Planners and Champions for Change was celebrated at an Idea Summit in October 2014. The multi-media event featured video stories of the Champions and their ideas and progress toward making change in their communities. The event was attended by local foundations, planners and private sector developers to share ideas and cultivate future collaborations.


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Citizen Planning School Sessions and related events will be photographed and recorded. Images and sound will be posted on the website. Participants who agree to participate in these sessions may be appear in these images.