Citizen Planning School

2014 Learning Sessions & Workshops – Archived Materials

2014LearningSessionResources&MaterialsOver 100 citizens participated learning sessions with academic experts, planning practitioners, community leaders and fellow citizens to explore key issues in planning and sustainability. Citizen Planners and Champions received practical tools and knowledge, networked with others active in their communities and took part in question and answer sessions.

 

 

SESSION 1: The Big Picture: Sustainability – April 12, 2014

2014 Session 1Citizen Planners and Champions for Change learned about what sustainable development is, the challenges and opportunities of increasing sustainable development in Buffalo Niagara, and what One Region Forward is doing to make our region more sustainable.

Session 1 Materials

photos Session 1 Handout (pdf)

photos Session 1 Quiz (pdf)

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video Session 1 Lecture Videos (YouTube Playlist)


What is Sustainability?
Ryan A. McPherson, JD, Chief Sustainability Officer, University at Buffalo
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Understanding the Challenges
Kelly Dixon, AICP, Transportation Planner, Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC)
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How Do We Meet the Challenges?
Robert Shibley, FAIA, AICP, Dean, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
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Question & Answer Discussion:
Laura Quebral, Deputy Director of the UB Regional Institute, and Bart Roberts, Research Assistant Professor, joined the speakers in answering questions from the audience.

 

SESSION 2: Coping with a Turbulent Age – May 3, 2014

2014 Session 2Citizen Planners and Champions for Change learned about sustainable transportation systems, strategies for coping with climate change, and how Buffalo Niagara can transform its economy into a Green-Blue Economy.

Session 1 Materials

photos Session 2 Handout (pdf)

pdf Session 2 Quiz (pdf)

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video Session 2 Lecture Videos (YouTube Playlist)


Sustainable Transportation Systems
Dan Hess, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning
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Coping with Climate Change
Rebecca Newberry, Community Organizer, Clean Air Coalition of Western New York
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Planning for a Green/Blue Economy
Jill Jedlicka, Executive Director, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
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Question & Answer Discussion:
James K. Morrell, Manager, Service Planning – Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Lynda Schneekloth, Director of Landscape Architecture at the Urban Design Project, and Robert Shibley, FAIA, AICP, Dean, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, joined the speakers in answering questions from the audience.

 

SESSION 3: Building Blocks for Sustainability – May 17, 2014

2014 Session3Citizen Planners and Champions for Change learned about the importance of planning for our food systems, how citizens can play a role in shaping the urban design of places, and sustainable approaches to reusing land in our region.

Session 3 Materials

photosSession 3 Handout (pdf)

photos Session 3 Quiz (pdf)

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video Session 1 Lecture Videos (YouTube Playlist)


Food Systems Planning
Samina Raja, PhD, Associate Professor, University at Buffalo
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Sustainable Land Use
Aaron Bartley, JD, Executive Director and co-founder, People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo)
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Urban Design
Robert Shibley, FAIA, AICP, Dean, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
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Question & Answer Discussion:
Chris Hawley, Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning, Rebekah Williams, Massachusetts Avenue Project, and Bernard Lamar Rice, Food Policy Council of Buffalo and Erie County joined the speakers in answering questions from the audience.

 

SESSION 4: Organizing and Planning for a More Sustainable Future – June 14, 2014

2014 Session 4Citizen Planners and Champions for Change learned about affordable housing, the way we plan today, and organizing for action.

Session 4 Materials

photos Session 4 Handout (pdf)

photos Session 4 Quiz (pdf)

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video Session 4 Lecture Videos (YouTube Playlist)


The Unaffordable Side of Buffalo
Stephanie Simeon, Executive Director, Heart of the City Neighborhoods
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The Way We Plan Today
Jason Knight, PhD, Assistant Professor, Buffalo State College
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Organizing for Action
Shaketa Redden, Community Organizer, VOICE-Buffalo
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Question & Answer Discussion:
Daniel Howard, Associate Planner at the Town of Amherst, and Jennifer Mecozzi, Director of Organizing at PUSH Buffalo, joined the speakers in answering questions from the audience.

 

2014 Pitching Your Idea Workshop

Pitching Your Idea WorkshopThis workshop, organized in collaboration with BNMC’s idea incubation space – Dig Buffalo,  discussed how to effectively pitch project ideas to potential funders. Participants learned about best practices for writing proposals, common pitfalls to avoid, and where to access resources on how to prepare applications for various types of funding agencies.

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photos Workshop handout of 10 tips for a successful pitch

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Panelists

Michael Ball, Western New York Deputy Regional Director

Lawrence Cook, Senior Program Officer at The John R. Oishei Foundation

 

IdeaSummit2014_2502014 Idea Summit

The Idea Summit was a fun, celebratory event that featured the work of the first class of Citizen Planners and Champions for Change, explored what it means to translate ideas into action, and provided opportunities for community members to network with local experts, the citizen planners, funders and other attendees.

Visit the 2014 Idea Summit page.

IdeaSummitBooklet250Champions for Change Featured in the 2014 Idea Summit Booklet

Read about all of the 2014 Champions for Change and the ideas they presented at the 2014 Idea Summit.