Tools & Resources

Economics of Sustainability

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

Sustainability makes economic sense. It means using land efficiently, providing better transportation options, great neighborhoods with a choice of housing, a strong local food system, and being both energy efficient and climate ready. Being sustainable has the potential to lower infrastructure service costs and taxes. It can make jobs more accessible to workers and enable us to move goods to market more safely, quickly, and affordably. It creates conditions that help us attract and retain a talented workforce while keeping this workforce healthy and productive. And it enables us to be more competitive, better mitigate risk, and keep the supply chain strong.

One Region Forward Economics of Sustainability Speaker Series

Through the speakers series sponsored by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, speakers from across the country have been brought in to talk about how sustainable approaches to development make sense for the economy and the environment. The series engages the business community and public sector around best practices that can be integrated into their operations.

January 2015
Keynote Speaker, Andreas Souvaliotis, Executive Chairman, Social Change Rewards

Andreas Souvaliotis explained to the audience how to harness the immense power and reach of the marketing industry and put it to work for the good of society and the planet.



February 2014
A Curbside Chat with Chuck Marohn

Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns discussed how the design of our places impact their financial success or failure, highlighting that our current pattern of development, requiring ever-increasing rates of growth necessary to cover long-term costs and liabilities, is simply unsustainable.



June 2014
How To Measure Development

Joe Minicozzi, AICP, and principal at Urban3 shared the detailed findings of his 3-month analysis of development practices in the Buffalo Niagara region.



The Buffalo Niagara Regional Report
Property taxes are the backbone of local government revenue. What we choose to build or allow to be built in our communities has a direct impact on our ability to repair roads, provide quality education, and pay our bills. This is a driving consideration for One Region Forward. To help understand how productive various forms of development in Buffalo Niagara are regarding tax production, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership invited Joe Minicozzi and Urban3 to perform this study for our region. It looks at the tax production and value per acre of various geographies – downtowns, village centers, shopping malls, main streets, suburban strip corridors, and others, to demonstrate that when land consumption is considered, sustainable forms of development are often the best bet for the local tax base and revenue stream.