Citizen Planning School

Citizen Planning School 2014


“Never doubt the ability of a small group of committed citizens to change the world,” anthropologist Margaret Mead so famously said. “In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

IMG_0587UB School of Architecture and Planning and its partners with One Region Forward launched the Citizen Planning School in Spring 2014. This innovative, citizen-centered learning program is designed to empower residents from across Erie and Niagara counties to become agents for sustainable change in their local communities. Our Citizen Planners participated in learning sessions with academic experts, planning practitioners, community leaders, and fellow citizens to explore key issues in planning and sustainability and gain skills and tools to get more involved in the planning process. The goal of the Citizen Planning School is to develop the capacity of people to get good things done.

Over  100 citizens participated in the Citizen Planning School either online or in person. They are part of what we hope will be a broad movement to implement the regional plan for sustainable development created by the One Region Forward effort. Making the necessary changes to be more sustainable won’t come in one fell swoop. It will be made piece by piece over the long haul by citizens determined to make their communities better.

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Join us for our Spring 2015 semester, supported by a graduate level class at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning.  Come learn something new or apply for the Champions for Change program.

2014LearningSessionResources&Materials2014 Learning Sessions  – Resources & Materials

Learn what went on in the Citizen Planning School’s first semester.

Watch lecture videos and download session materials from all 4 Learning Sessions, Pitching Your Idea Workshop and Idea Summit.

Meet the 2014 Presenters & Panelists who shared their expertise and knowledge with Citizen Planners and Champions.

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