Tools & Resources

Tools & Resources

Tools, resources and information for informed decision-making and community conversations.

2020 Learning Series

This education and training series is part of One Region Forward’s ongoing efforts to provide technical assistance to municipalities and promote sustainable development across the region. The Learning Series will explore topics in clean energy, water resilience, Complete Streets, land banking, and smart growth. These topics correspond with strategies and actions put forward in the One Region Forward Plan.

Mapping MetricsMapping Metrics

A wealth of meaningful geographic data on Buffalo Niagara and its communities can be viewed and analyzed on this interactive mapping portal. Find data on local demographics, transportation, land use, economic activity, food systems, and more that can help uncover what the data says about your community.

The Economics of SustainabilityEconomics of Sustainability

Our shared vision for a sustainable Buffalo Niagara region presents us with the opportunity to significantly improve the regional business climate.

As a key convener of the private sector, The Buffalo Niagara Partnership supports the Economics of Sustainability series by facilitating conversations on what’s practical and possible; informing discussions with data and analysis; and offering engaging workshops and other events.


ScenarioPlanning250Scenario Planning Resources

Scenario Planning allows communities to imagine potential alternative futures and test their impact. The process can be tailored to fit a variety of settings, scales and contexts. Resources are provided for citizens, local planners, community leaders, nonprofit staff and others who are looking to leverage planning to create change in their community.



Buffalo Niagara Plan Library160+ plans in the Buffalo Niagara Planning Library

The Buffalo Niagara Plan Library includes 160+ plans we compiled as part of our our vision and values analysis of our region. This includes every plan we could find that was produced for the region over the past forty years.

This interactive database includes summaries and links to each of the plans.


What the Data Tells UsFeatured / What the Data Tells Us

What does our current path mean for our homes and neighborhoods?

TN_ProjectedHousingImagine how much more vibrant and prosperous our region could be in 2050 if we actually grew by 265,000 people. But what would this future look like if we continued to build most of our homes on open land disconnected from older neighborhoods? What types of homes would we build, where would we build them and what would it mean for the neighborhoods we call home today?

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widgettextitfwd_MarchfortoolkitText It Forward

A brief survey using the text message function of your mobile phone, Text it Forward was one of the many tools One Region Forward used to broaden the conversation shaping the initiative. By leveraging mobile technology, the One Region Forward team worked to re-imagine public meetings and citizen input in the planning process.

A total of five Text It Forward surveys were deployed over Spring and Summer of 2014. The subject of each survey was closely aligned with One Region Forward’s focus areas.

Hundreds of citizens from across Buffalo Niagara texted in their answers and made their voice heard on topics as diverse as public transportation, land use, vacancy, and food access. Data from these surveys is being incorporated into One Region Forward’s Regional Plan for Sustainable Development.

See the results

Case StudyFeatured / Sustainability in Action

Buffalo Niagara RiverkeeperBuffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s
Rust to Blue Initiative

What if we used our unique water resources to drive economic revitalization?

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is leveraging economic resources to restore the health and integrity of our watershed. In other words, it is launching a blue economy.

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Share Your Example of SustainabilityDoing Work in Sustainability?
Get it Featured on Our Website

If you’re involved in a project or a program that you believe helps define what sustainability means for the future for our region, tell us about it and we’ll feature it on our website’s interactive map “Sustainability in Action.”



PhotoVoices Across Our Region PhotoVoices Across Our Region

PhotoVoices Across Our RegionPhotoVoices Across Our Region

Share your ideas and feedback through photos. Express your vision for making Buffalo Niagara more sustainable through photos and captions.

Take photos or videos of places you want to change or places you want to keep for future generations, describe how you feel about these places, and help shape the One Region Forward movement.

Get started by adding your photo and writing a caption today!

Additional Resources

GBNRTC Bike Guide MapInteractive Bike Guide and Map – Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council offers this interactive bike map and guide which includes NYS Bicycle Routes, Multi-Use Trails, Marked Bicycle Lanes, Park & Ride Lots, Bike Racks, Bike Shops as well as information on bike safety and links to Bike Clubs across the region and state.


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