Events

Events

Please note some events require registration. Click on individual events for more detailed information and links to register.


Sustainability Events in the Region

October 10, 2014, 2PM

Climate Change and the Future of Food

114 Wende Hall, University at Buffalo’s School of Nursing

Dr. David W. Wolfe is Professor of Plant and Soil Ecology in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University, and a leading authority on climate change impacts on natural ecosystems and food security. He has co-authored several influential reports for policy-makers, such as the 2014 National Climate Assessment sponsored by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. He currently leads a $5 M USDA project focused on new tools for greenhouse gas management in agroecosystems, and contributes to several soil conservation and climate change adaptation projects in the Ethiopia, Malawi, and Tanzania.

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Sustainability Events in the Region

September 30th, 2014, 4PM-8PM

Transit Options for the Amherst-Buffalo Corridor

Tuesday, September 30th, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at University at Buffalo South Campus Allen Hall, 3435 Main Street, Buffalo, NY.

On behalf of Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) and Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC), you are invited to attend a public information open house meeting for the Amherst-Buffalo Transit Options Study.

The NFTA and its partners have embarked on this study of public transportation options for the corridor connecting Buffalo and Amherst. A variety of alternatives are being considered that include looking at an extension of Metro Rail, improvements to current bus service, or other contemporary transit system types such as Bus Rapid Transit.  These alternatives look towards transit options that make getting around the region safer, more convenient, more environmentally friendly, and cost effective.

This meeting will be an open house format and you and others are free to drop in any time to learn about the study, view presentation boards about alternatives being considered, and provide comments to members of the study team.

For more information visit http://to.nfta.com/  or check out the flyer for the event.

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Sustainability Events in the Region

September 20, 2014, 10AM – 12PM

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s Fall Shoreline Sweep

Register for one of the upcoming Shoreline Sweep events hosted by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper on Saturday, September 20 from 10AM to 12PM.

As a guiding entity in One Region Forward’s developing regional plan for sustainability, Riverkeeper stresses the importance of protecting our regions greatest asset, fresh water, while capitalizing on it through a blue economy. This event covers 40 different waterfront site throughout the region and involves over 1,500 volunteers.

For more information on attending and registering, visit Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

Additional Questions? Contact Jarrett Steffen by email at jsteffen@bnriverkeeper.org or by phone at 716-852-7483 ext. 19.


Sustainability Events in the Region

September 17-18, 2014

Water Resources Infrastructure: A Critical Piece of Community Development

Honor’s Haven Resort, 1195 Arrowhead Road, Ellenville, NY

Is water resources infrastructure a critical piece of community development? A combination of factors are  increasing pressure on local and regional water resources infrastructure – reduced federal assistance, increased  local fiscal stress, increased susceptibility to climatic events, and the concern over water supply and quality – underscoring the need for sustainable community development strategies and policies that address these issues  from a variety of perspectives.

The 2014 Community Development Institute will bring together a diverse group of local government officials (elected, appointed, & staff), CCE Educators, practitioners, economic developers, community leaders, and University and college faculty in the region.

Learn more and register


Sustainability Events in the Region

September 17, 2014, 6PM – 8PM 
Want To Start A Business?

CAO – 1423 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14211

The Community Action Organization of Erie County is hosting a business start-up seminar to help guide those interested in starting their own business. The event is free to the public but requires registration.

Sponsored by Daemen College Center for Sustainable, Communities, Daemen College Accounting Department, Fillmore Corridor Neighborhood Coalition (FCNC), Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State, MLK Business District Association, Broadway Area Business Association,Buffalo First, MLKJr. Community Development Corp.

For more information contact sbenz@daemen.edu or (716) 839-8524. Also, check out the event flyer.


Sustainability Events in the Region

One Region Forward In Your Community

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Saturday, September 6, 2014, 9:30AM – 11:15AM

Citizen Planning School Event: How to Pitch Your Ideas Workshop 

The new collaborative work space called “dig”, located at 640 Ellicot Street in Buffalo, NY 14203 (which is a block North of the location of Citizen Planning School sessions).

Learn from local experts about how to craft a successful pitch, which common mistakes to avoid, and what kinds of resources are available for writing proposals.

The workshop is free and open to public but space is limited so register today. For more details about program logistics and content click here.


Sustainability Events in the Region

August 27, 2014,  6PM to 8:30PM

Startup Grind Buffalo Hosts Ty Shattuck (Aethon Technologies)

The Buffalo chapter of Startup Grind, a global networking and education resource for entrepreneurs and powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, is hosting an evening with Ty Shattuck, Director of Aethon Technologies, a sensors and analytics firm with offices in Rochester, Toronto, London, and San Diego.

The evening will consist of networking and food at 6pm, a Fireside Chat with Ty Shattuck at 7pm, and follow-up networking at 8pm. The event is on August 27th at 640 Ellicott Street, Buffalo 14203 with tickets priced at $10. With topics like technology commercialization being discussed, it is sure to be an educational night. For more information and to buy your tickets, visit the Startup Grind website.


Sustainability Events in the Region

August 26, 2014, 7PM

Plastic Waters- Panel Discussion

Learn more about the threat posed by plastic debris in the Great Lakes and some potential solutions to the problem at this panel session moderated by one of One Region Forward’s Climate Action Working Team members, Nate Drag of the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

This is the final night for the Plastic Waters exhibit to be displayed at the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center. The event is free and open to the public with a suggested $2 donation going to the Trail Center.

For more information about the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the panel discussion:

Contact Nate Drag, ndrag@greatlakes.org, 716-261-9393 or visit the facebook event page

For more information about the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center, contact Lyn Braun, lestc2012@gmail.com, 716-646-6684.


Sustainability Events in the Region

August 2, 2014, 10AM- 3PM

Beyond Flowers Tour 2014

Green, smart and not bad looking either– Join the Beyond Flowers Tour on Saturday, August 2nd from 10AM- 3PM for a guided tour of seven spots where community has worked with Mother Nature, not against her, marking the new green approach in Buffalo’s neighborhoods.

The Beyond Flowers Tour takes the National Garden Festival to a new place, beyond flowers and private gardens to community-building organizations, public spaces and sustainable gardening projects. Bus transportation and lunch are provided with the purchase of a $35 ticket and begin with pickup at 589 Ellicott Street.

For more information check out One Region Forward’s Sustainability in Action story featuring the Beyond Flowers Tour, contact their main program office at (716) 218-8478, or visiting their website or facebook.


Sustainability Events in the Region

July 26, 2014, 10:00AM

Citizen Preparedness Training Program

Waterfront Elementary School, 95 Fourth Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

The WNY Region Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program seeks to provide citizens with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

Each family that attends will receive a NYS Disaster Preparedness Kit that contains key items to assist individuals in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The state training and kits will help New Yorkers be the most-trained and best-prepared citizens in the country.

Attendees Must Pre-Register!


One Region Forward: Community CongressJuly 21 & 22, 2014, 5PM

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July 2014

Alternative Scenarios Open House: Basing the Choices We Make Today on the Impacts They Will Have on Our Region Tomorrow

During the last Community Congress, Citizens from across Erie and Niagara counties engaged in a Scenario Planning exercise to map what they want Buffalo Niagara to look like in 40 years. Over 770 citizens participated to create 115 maps, which were then used to create three alternative scenarios for how our region might develop in the future.

Citizens will now be asked to review these three different alternative scenarios along with a “Business-as-usual” scenario to find out what each could mean for the region’s fiscal health, housing stock, agriculture productivity, transportation systems and more. This feedback will be used to establish a shared vision for the future of Buffalo Niagara – a new way to move One Region Forward.

Learn more and register to attend


One Region Forward In Your Community

June 29, 2014, 10am- 2pm

South Buffalo Farmers Market

Come to Cazenovia Park this Sunday for some locally grown fresh produce, food from your favorite food truck, and stop by One Region Forward’s table to learn about upcoming events and how to stay involved.

We’re happy to bring our message of sustainability as well as the work of our Food Access and Justice Working Team to patrons of the Farmers Market!

To learn more information either email: sscarcello@city-buffalo.com; Call: (716) 851-5158; or visit the markets facebook.


One Region Forward In Your Community

June 28th, 2014, 4pm- 1am 

City of Night

Come visit us at Silo City (100 Childs Street, Buffalo NY 14203) for the third annual City of Night, a summer event in Buffalo, NY, which is quickly become a signature celebration of art, community, and city-pride in the region. Organized elab (Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo), City of Night is sure to be a highlight of your summer in Buffalo.

One Region Forward will have a table  you can visit and learn about our upcoming events, how to keep involved, and tell us how you are moving, “One Region Forward.”

For more information visit the events website or facebook.


One Region Forward In Your CommunityJune 28th, 2014, 11 am- 6:45 pm

Taste of Diversity

The mission of the Taste of Diversity is to promote inclusion and to enhance the quality of life for the residents of the West Side by highlighting the people and cultures that make up our community.

Come visit One Region Forward’s booth as we celebrate culture and diversity in our region. Learn about our upcoming events and tell us how you are moving “One Region Forward.”

The festival will be on Grant Street, between Lafayette and Auburn Avenues.

For additional information about Taste of Diversity, please contact: Jen Silverman (js433@buffalo.edu)or Jeanenne Petri (jeanenne.petri@gmail.com or 716.803.8173) for vendor inquiries.

Visit the event’s facebook.


Sustainability Events in the Region

June 28, 2014, 10:30AM

Citizen Preparedness Training Program

The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

The WNY Region Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program seeks to provide citizens with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

Each family that attends will receive a NYS Disaster Preparedness Kit that contains key items to assist individuals in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The state training and kits will help New Yorkers be the most-trained and best-prepared citizens in the country.

Attendees Must Pre-Register!


Sustainability Events in the Region

June 23, 2014, 4:30PM – 7:30PM

WNYEA 2nd Quarterly Meeting

UB Gateway Building, 77 Goodell Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

The WNYEA will gather to discuss a vision for the organization’s overarching strategic planning efforts.

RSVP Today!


Sustainability Events in the Region

June 19, 2014

9th Annual National Dump the Pump Day

On June 19, 2014, citizens and public transportation organizations across the country will celebrate the 9th Annual National Dump the Pump Day. Several local organizations are participating in this event, including the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and Citizens for Regional Transit.

Check out their websites closer to the day to learn how you can get involved in the event.


Sustainability Events in the Region

June 18, 2014, 8:30AM – 4PM

Where Canal Meets Commercial Corridor

Hotel @ The Lafayette, Buffalo, NY, 391 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

A spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship built the Erie Canal and spurred growth in New York and the nation. Attend this forum to learn about today’s “Maker Movement” and opportunities for downtown revitalization in the 21st century. Representatives from First Batch will join Main Street expert Kennedy Smith for a solution-oriented dialogue.


Sustainability Events in the Region

June 17, 2014, 6PM

Green Buffer Workshop

Partnership for the Public Good, 237 Main Street, Suite 1200, Buffalo, NY 14203

Join the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York and other community members to learn more about green buffers, their benefits, and what they can accomplish in our neighborhoods where poor air quality from pollution is making people sick. The event was created in light of requests from West Side residents living near the Peace Bridge for recommendations on how to  protect themselves from carcinogenic diesel exhaust.

With a special presentation by Brent Bucknum from Urban Biofilter, a non-profit that works to build green living walls in order to protect people from pollutants in West Oakland, a port community that faces similar air quality concerns as the West Side of Buffalo.

Click here for more information.


Sustainability Events in the Region

June 11, 18, 25, 2014

Creating Better Communities. A Process of Good Design

Niagara Falls, Williamsville, and Springville, NY

Join in on an informative breakfast where you will learn how to “Create Better Communities through the process of Good Design.” Learn how to begin a revitalization project; identify your resources, capitalize on what you have, begin a vision process and prioritize ideas.

RSVP to Crystal Surdyk at CSurdyke@jklastudio.com

Please refer to the event flyer for specific dates and times of each event.


Sustainability Events in the Region

June 11, 2014, 4:30AM – 7:30PM

Grow 716 Workshop: Power Mapping

Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo, NY 14203

Who has the power to make the changes we want? How do we identify potential allies in our struggle and who might become roadblocks? Who are they connected to? How can we craft an effective strategy given the answers to these questions? 

Learn more about Grow 716, a citizen journalism project that relies on you to report what is happening in your neighborhood.

The workshop will be facilitated by Western New York Environmental Alliance Board Members, Erin Heaney and Micaela Shapiro-Shellaby.

RSVP Today!


Sustainability Events in the Region

June 10 & 11, 2014

NY Rising Community Reconstruction Open Houses for Niagara County

The NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program for Niagara County is assisting Niagara County residents in rebuilding better and safer through community‐driven plans that consider current damage, future threats to community assets, and the community’s economic future.

The public is being asked to attend one of the upcoming Open Houses to:

  • Review identified risk areas
  • Provide feedback on strategies and projects that can help make Niagara County more resilient to future storm events.

Information received from the public will be incorporated into a NYRCR Niagara County Resiliency Plan.

Date, time and location of Open Houses:


One Region Forward In Your Community
June 7, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market

Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo, NY

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market is a producer-only market, meaning that all the vendors grow or produce what they sell themselves—no middlemen and no compromises. In that way patrons know they are dealing directly with source, helping to create a diverse and healthy local economy!

We’re happy to bring our message of sustainability as well as the work of our Food Access and Justice Working Team to patrons of the Farmers Market!

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Sustainability Events in the Region

June 3-7, 2014

CNU Next Gen

Various venues around Buffalo

The Next Generation of New Urbanists is a fellowship within the Congress for the New Urbanism, which will be holding its 22nd Annual Congress in Buffalo on June 4-7, 2014. New Urbanists seek to create and support walkable, compact, diverse communities in the U.S. and beyond.

Each evening of the Congress, NextGen will be hosting social, networking, and participatory events to maximize the experience of attendees and highlight Buffalo.

Click here for a full schedule of events


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June 3, 2014, 6PM – 8PM

One Region Forward Economics of Sustainability Series: How to Measure Development

Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14202

Joe Minicozzi, Principal with consulting firm Urban3, will share the results of his 3-month study on the impact of our past development pattern on tax base, quality of life, and overall economic health and viability of Buffalo Niagara.

How do different kinds of development affect municipal budgets and cultivate communities? Joe Minicozzi will present an examination of the costs and benefits of development types and how varied development can create a more sustainable Buffalo Niagara.

Understanding how different development forms impact a tax base is critical for municipalities managing escalating demands and shrinking resources.

This event is free and open to the public. Light appetizers will be served. Cash bar available.

To RSVP and for more information click here.


Sustainability Events in the Region

May 28, 2014, 5:30PM – 7PM

Western New York Land Conservancy Presentation

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY

Pekin Fire Hall, 3024 Upper Mountain Rd, Sanborn, NY 14132

The Western New York Land Conservancy will be presenting the findings from the Niagara Escarpment Legacy Project at the Pekin Fire Hall in Sanborn, NY. In 2012, the Land Conservancy was awarded $316,673 from the Niagara Greenway Ecological Standing Committee to perform the first comprehensive inventory of the ecological, geological, scenic, and cultural resources of the Niagara County portion of the Niagara Escarpment. The Land Conservancy led this cooperative venture with guidance from community stakeholders and technical and professional support from Ecology & Environment, Inc. The final report can be downloaded from the conservancy’s website here.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information click here.


Sustainability Events in the Region
May 28, 2014, 5PM – 8PM

International Food Bazaar & Informational Forum

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY

This informational event is intended to raise awareness of and promote the ongoing community revitalization efforts on Buffalo’s multicultural West Side, which has been spurred by the collaborative efforts of numerous residents, business owners, not-for-profit organizations, social service agencies and community members.

Following a small scale international food bazaar included in the price of admission, the event will feature opening remarks by Louise Sano, a Rwanda native and current proprietor of Global Villages, who will share her story, life experiences and opportunities and challenges as a business person on the West Side.

A panel discussion will then touch upon such topics as the West Side Sustainable Community Plan, local small business development and retention efforts, overcoming language and cultural barriers, and access to affordable housing.


Sustainability Events in the Region

May 22, 2014, 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Rain is a Resource Workshop

PUSH Buffalo, 271 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY 14213

Join PUSH Buffalo and Freshwater Future for a workshop on preparing your neighborhood for climate change. Learn about the impacts of climate chance on the Great Lakes and on your neighborhood. Learn how to better manage stormwater and reduce flooding impacts and how efforts to improve safety and beautify your neighborhood can also help with climate change.

Grants are available for block clubs and community organizations but you must attend the workshop in order to apply.

To RSVP please contact Rahwa Ghirmatzion - rahwa@pushbuffalo.org /  716-882-2672

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Sustainability Events in the Region
May 15, 2014, 5:30 PM

Ambassador Event hosted by PUSH Green of Western New York 

Coco Bistro & Bar, 888 Main Street in Buffalo, NY 14202

To discuss their progress as well as work that still needs to be done related to rising energy costs, PUSH Green is hosting an Ambassador’s Event. NYS Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Buffalo Common Council Member Michael J. LoCurto and Village of Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang will speak about these topics.

Open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

To RSVP and for more information click here.


Sustainability Events in the Region
May 15, 2014, 8AM – 10AM

The Smart Growth Program: Building a Sustainable Marketplace in Kenmore-Tonawanda

The Brooklyn Room, 2878 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217

Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP, and Parsons Brinckerhoff invite you to join their complimentary seminar about the proposed Smart Growth Program for the Ken/Ton community.  Panelists include David Chiazza, Executive Vice President at Iskalo Development Corp.; Brian Kulpa, Mayor of the Village of Williamsville;  Daniel Montante, President of Montante SolarWilliam Paladino, CEO of Ellicott Development; and Nick Sinatra, President of Sinatra & Company. Opening remarks will be given by Anthony F. Caruana, Supervisor of the Town of Tonawanda and Patrick Mang, Mayor of the Village of Kenmore. A continental breakfast will be served.

Open to the public.

To register and for more information click here.


Sustainability Events in the Region
May 13, 2014, 1:30PM – 4:30PM

Western Region CFA Workshop

Daemen College, Schenck Hall – Room 107, Amherst, NY

The Regional Economic Development Council’s statewide training workshops will provide an overview of the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process and how to access up to $750 million in economic development funding from agency programs through one application. Additionally, there will be informational breakout sessions on specific areas of funding available for economic development projects.

The training workshops are open to local economic development officials, municipalities, non-profits, businesses and members of the public.

RSVP for the event


Sustainability Events in the Region
May 12-16, 2014

GOBNMC Bike to Work Challenge

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is inviting you to join the growing number of employees who are choosing healthier, greener and more affordable ways to get to work. Join them in a celebration of all things bicycle! Participate in their Challenges and win prizes! The Bike to Work Challenge is sponsored by Campus Wheelworks, Mobile Pharmacy Solutions, GObike Buffalo and BNMC, Inc.

Open to all employees who work on or near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

To register and for more information: www.gobnmc.org

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Sustainability Events in the Region
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NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program for Niagara County

Niagara County Community College Theatre, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn, NY 14132

The NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program for Niagara County is assisting Niagara County residents in rebuilding better and safer through community‐driven plans that consider current damage, future threats to community assets, and the community’s economic future.

Niagara County needs your input! Together with the NY Rising Niagara County Planning Committee and the project consulting team, the New York State Department of State invites you to an open house to discuss strategies for increasing the resilience of Niagara County in the face of extreme weather events.

Community members are invited to share their knowledge on:

  • Assets that need to be protected from future storm events
  • Specific needs and opportunities that will make the County more resilient

Learn more online


Sustainability Events in the Region
May 2, 2014, 8AM – 3PM

Buffalo Niagara Transportation Summit

Jacobs Institute at Gates Vascular Institute, 875 Ellicott St., 5th Fl., Buffalo, NY 14203

The Buffalo Niagara Transportation Summit is being held to highlight, advocate for and creatively problem-solve transportation funding gaps in the Buffalo Niagara Region and New York State. The goals of this event are to provide a clear snapshot of the current transportation funding landscape, communicate urgency, identify creative funding solutions, provide successful examples, and relate to local implementation and sustainable reinvestment. The event will draw attention to the expiring Federal Transportation Bill (End of 2014) and stimulate discussion of alternative funding means at the state and local levels.

Keynote speaker for the event will be Mr. Greg Nadeau, Acting Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FWHA). Mr. Nadeau will talk about the changing landscape for transportation projects and how local communities can take better control of their infrastructure.

The event will feature speakers and panelists representing diverse backgrounds within the transportation industry, including the US Chamber of Commerce, the New York State Secretary of Transportation, the Association of General Contractors, AAA, and the American Society of Civil Engineers, among others.

Register here


Sustainability Events in the Region
April 30, 2014

Clarence Town Meeting: Mapping Clarence’s Future

Clarence Town Hall, One Town Place, Clarence, NY  14031

“Come join your neighbors at a fully interactive mapping station where you decide what goes where.”

As part of the update to Clarence’s Master Plan, the Town is holding a public planning exercise to determine the best land uses for particular areas of Clarence.

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One Region Forward In Your Community
April 29, 2014, 5:30PM – 7:30PM

What’s happening, One Region Forward?

Buffalo Niagara Partnership, 665 Main St., Ste. 200, Buffalo, NY 14203

Learn how you can play a role in the development of downtown Buffalo. After 3 years as the leading organization for sustainable development in Buffalo Niagara, One Region Forward (1RF) has BN360 members to help shape the future of our region. 1RF will share what they’ve discovered after surveying thousands of Buffaloanians, and detail next steps for young professionals interested in getting involved in the “building boom.”

Register here


Sustainability Events in the Region
April 22, 23, 24, 2014

Buffalo Brownfield Opportunity Area Open Houses

Various locations around Buffalo, NY

The Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program enables communities to put strategies in place to return dormant brownfield sites back to productive use while simultaneously restoring environmental quality.

The City of Buffalo received a grant to undertake three BOA nominations studies. The areas to be studied include: the Buffalo Harbor, the Buffalo River Corridor, and the Tonawanda Street Corridor.

The upcoming open houses will give citizens an opportunity to review the Draft Master Plan for each BOA and help identify strategic sites for investment

Buffalo River Corridor Opportunity Area Open House
Tuesday, April 22nd from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Old First Ward Community Center – 62 Republic Street Buffalo, NY

Tonawanda Street Corridor Opportunity Area Open House
Wednesday, April 23rd from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Riverside High School – 51 Ontario Street Buffalo, NY

Buffalo Harbor Brownfield Opportunity Area Open House
Thursday, April 24th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Herman Badillo School – 315 Carolina Street, Buffalo, NY

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Sustainability Events in the Region
April 22, 2014, 6PM

Town of Tonawanda Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting

Memorial Hall, 3354 Delaware Ave, Kenmore, NY 14217

The Comprehensive Plan will up date the existing conditions in the Town to summarize “where we are today”.  Ongoing projects and activities will be described and current issues and opportunities will be identified.  To clearly outline what the town seeks, the Goals and Objectives will be revised to show “where we want to go”.  Implementation Strategies are also being updated to describe ”how we will get there”.

This is the second public information meeting seeking input from the community on the Town of Tonawanda’s Comprehensive Plan update efforts.

More info


One Region Forward In Your Community

April 16, 2014, 12PM – 1PM

A One Region Forward Conversation with Citizens for Regional Transit

237 Main Street, Buffalo, NY (Follow signs to the 2nd Floor conference room)

Citizens for Regional Transit will welcome Kelly Dixon, Transportation Planner at the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council. She will be presenting on One Region Forward, how citizens can get engaged and involved and what the goal of the initiative in Western New York is.

Hear how a new regional vision is shaping up at One Region Forward, which incorporates what citizens want our region to look like in forty years.

Free and open to the public


Sustainability Events in the Region
April 16, 2014, 9AM – 11AM

Hunger Free Communities: A Community Foods Assessment for Niagara County

Bisgrove Hall, Room 350-351, Niagara University, Lewiston, NY

Join the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County for a presentation and discussion on the development of the Healthy Foods, Healthy People Coalition and a presentation of the Hunger Free Communities: A Community Foods Assessment for Niagara County final report.

Armed with the Community Foods Assessment, the Coalition is working to address hunger and food insecurity issues throughout the county.


Sustainability Events in the Region
April 15, 2014, 3PM – 4:30PM

Cheers to Downtown Development

Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

A safe, accessible and popular neighborhood where we can “live, work and play” is once again becoming a reality for downtown Buffalo. But what else needs to be done to improve the health and landscape of the downtown area? Share your opinions and contribute to the development of a “Downtown Report Card.” Attendees will learn about the connection between place making design and raw economic performance from a wide range of panelists including real estate experts, urban designers, and John Norquist, CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU). Discussion will include Mayor Brown’s Buffalo Building Reuse Project and public/private commitments that have been made to downtown development.

The event will be followed by a networking happy hour of development and real estate professionals, with an opportunity to learn more about CNU’s upcoming national conference.

Register here


Sustainability Events in the Region
April 12, 2014

Elmwood Conversations Community Open House

St. John’s Grace Church, 51 Colonial Circle, Buffalo, NY

This Community Open House serves as the major source of community input for Phase 1 of the Elmwood Village Neighborhood Plan (Community Engagement & Visioning). Participants will be asked to give feedback regarding their experiences in this neighborhood and the needs and opportunities facing Elmwood Village. Using this information, as well as information gleaned from social media feedback and an online survey, the consultant team will prepare a Vision of what the community would like Elmwood Village to be.

This Vision Plan will be used to support and inform the RFP for the Women & Children’s Hospital Campus redevelopment and serve as the basis for embarking on Phase 2 of the comprehensive neighborhood plan.

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Sustainability Events in the Region
April 9, 2014

Scajaquada Corridor Project Public Meeting

Bulger Communications Center at Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), in partnership with New York State Assemblymember Sean Ryan, will host an additional Public Meeting on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 to present and discuss the Scajaquada Corridor Project, and to gather further input from the public.


Sustainability Events in the Region
April 4-6, 2014

Performing Economies Colloquium

University at Buffalo and various locations throughout the City of Buffalo

Performing Economies seeks to investigate the renewed interest in alternative economic models that has emerged in response to the devastating effects of the global economic downturn. Juxtaposing concerns for financial viability with the value of cultural activity and the necessity for environmental sustainability, Performing Economies will focus on the performative, social, and political dimensions of urban revitalization initiatives.

In addition, the Colloquium will examine how these increasingly visible systems of exchange build on earlier forms of barter, local currency, worker cooperatives, and mutual aid. This colloquium will highlight a range of projects and practices that re-evaluate older strategies of urban development and survival and suggest progressive and radical approaches to supporting the lives of individuals and communities.

Learn more


Scenario Planning Workshops on the Road

March 25, 2014, 3PM – 5PM

Niagara Falls Housing Authority, City of Niagara Falls, and Community Missions

Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St, Niagara Falls, NY
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

Niagara Falls Housing Authority, City of Niagara Falls, and Community Missions are hosting a Workshop on the Road.

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March 25, 2014,  9:30AM-12:00PM

Tools and Technology for Scenarios and Plans

UB Center for Computational Research, 701 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY

A series of presentations and panel discussion on 3D visualization, multimedia and GIS applications in planning, and community-based scenario planning with case studies from Buffalo Niagara and beyond. One Region Forward project manager and UB Regional Institute Research Assistant Professor Bart Roberts will provide perspectives on how scenario planning is being used in One Region Forward.

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Sustainability Events in the Region
March 24, 2014

How can a Homeowner put Solar on their Roof?

UB Gateway Building, Room 208, 77 Goodell St, Buffalo, NY

The Sierra Club Niagara Group and UB Office of Sustainability are sponsoring an informational session on Solar Home Installation.

Hear about the benefits of a solar panel installation on your home and have your “how to” questions answered.

Presentation by local installers: CIR Electric, Frey Electric and Solar Liberty.


Scenario Planning Workshops on the Road

March 20, 2014, 7PM – 9PM

Southtowns Coalition and the Southtowns Planning and Development Group Workshop on the Road

Eden Town Hall, 2795 E Church St #1, Eden, NY
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

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If you would like to attend this session, please register here.


Scenario Planning Workshops on the Road

March 13, 2014, 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Parkside Community Association

96 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY

The  Parkside Community Association is hosting a Workshop on the Road.


Scenario Planning Workshops on the Road

March 12, 2014

University at Buffalo’s Performing Economies Colloquium

103 Center For The Arts, Buffalo, NY

The University at Buffalo’s Performing Economies Colloquium, offered through the Visual Studies Department, is hosting a Workshop on the Road.


Sustainability Events in the Region
March 11, 2014, 7PM

Moving Towards Zero Waste and the Story of Stuff

Drama Theater in the Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst NY

Annie Leonard has helped millions of people around the world understand and talk about the Story of Stuff. In December 2007, Ms. Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios created a 20-minute movie about the way we make, use, and throw away stuff on the internet, unleashing a torrent of pent-up demand for honest conversation about the impacts of our consumer-crazed culture on people and the planet.

In the five years since The Story of Stuff was released, Annie’s ‘cartoon about trash’ has been viewed more than 30 million times worldwide.

RSVP Online


One Region Forward In Your Community

March 11, 2014, 8AM – 9AM

Emerging Business Leaders – Coffee Connections

Salvatore’s Garden Place Hotel, 6615 Transit Road Williamsville, NY 14221

Coffee Connections is a monthly Emerging Business Leaders event designed to bring young professionals together to discuss hot topics, ideas and to give participants the chance to hear from someone knowledgeable in their industry.

March’s Coffee Connections will welcome Kelly Dixon of the One Region Forward initiative. She will be presenting on One Region Forward, how young professionals can get engaged and involved and what the goal of the initiative in Western New York is.

Register Online


Scenario Planning Workshops on the Road

March 10, 2014, 6PM – 8PM 

Lockport Main Street Association

2 East Avenue, Lockport, NY

The Lockport Main Street Association is hosting a Workshop on the Road.


Scenario Planning Workshops on the Road

March 10, 2014, 1PM – 3PM

United Way of Buffalo

742 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY

The United Way of Buffalo is hosting a Workshop on the Road.


Scenario Planning Workshops on the Road

March 7, 2014

Tapestry Charter School

65 Great Arrow Avenue, Buffalo, NY

The Tapestry Charter School is hosting a Workshop on the Road.


Scenario Planning Workshops on the Road

March 6, 2014, 7PM – 9PM

Hamlin Park Taxpayers Association

126 Donaldson Avenue, Buffalo, NY

The Hamlin Park Taxpayers Association is hosting a Workshop on the Road.


Scenario Planning Workshops on the Road

March 3, 2014

University at Buffalo Undergraduate Academies

University at Buffalo North Campus, 17 Norton Hall,  Amherst, NY

The University at Buffalo’s Undergraduate Academies is hosting a Workshop on the Road.


Scenario Planning Workshops on the Road

February 27, 2014, 5:30PM – 7PM

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Buffalo Workshop on the Road

UB Gateway Building (Third Floor), 77 Goodell Street, Buffalo, NY
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Buffalo is hosting a Workshop on the Road. Space is limited so please register here.


Scenario Planning Workshops on the Road

February 26, 2014, 5PM – 7PM

Buffalo State Geography Department Workshop on the Road

Buffalo State College, 1300 (Room A209) Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY

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The Buffalo State Geography Department is hosting a Workshop on the Road.


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Building Economic Resilience to Disasters in The Buffalo Niagara Region

February 25, 2014,  5-6:30PM and February 26, 2014,  8AM-4PM

Building Economic Resilience to Disasters in the Buffalo Niagara Region

A training workshop for business owners, chamber representatives and economic developers

Conference & Event Center, Niagara Falls, NY

Workshop events will take place from February 25-26, 2014 and will focus on strengthening the capacity and economic resilience of businesses by providing tools and training to prepare for and minimize disruption from flooding or other unexpected events. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about critical actions they can take before disaster strikes and key steps to take after an extreme event to facilitate the recovery process.

Workshop Agenda

Hosted by the NADO Research Foundation as part of its capacity building activities with the National Sustainable Communities Learning Network.

Speaker Presentations & Materials are now available online on NADO’s website.

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Scenario Planning Workshops on the Road

February 8, 2014,  10AM

Clarence Scenario Planning Workshop on the Road

Clarence Town Hall, One Town Place (off Goodrich Road), Clarence, NY

The Clarence IDA is bringing our Scenario Planning Workshop to their community. Using same mapping exercise debuted at our five Community Congresses this past November, workshops like this will allow a greater number of citizens from across the region to map, write and discuss their vision for the future of Erie and Niagara counties over the next 40 years. Participants will decide on things like what to protect, where to grow, and how to get around.

Reservations appreciated: ewolfe1512@gmail.com

Walk-ins welcome. All residents of Erie County welcome.

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If you would like to host a workshop in your community, please visit our Workshops on the Road page and fill out the form.


Sustainability Events in the Region
January 22, 2014, 7PM – 9PMSmart Growth in Village Centers

Smart Growth in Village Centers

Williamsville South High School, 5950 Main Street, Williamsville, NY

Join the Village of Williamsville as they host national experts John Norquist, President of the Congress for New Urbanism and Paul Beyer, Director of Smart Growth for the State of New York on a talk about Smart Growth.

Compact, walkable villages like Williamsville, embody Smart Growth principles and are a model for sustainable development in suburbs across the Buffalo Niagara region. Join the conversation about why adding value to these places is a key part of our future.

The event is free and open to the public!


One Region Forward In Your Community

January 22, 2014,  5PM to 8PM

YNPN of Greater Bflo Networking Event

77 Goodell Street, Buffalo, NY

In collaboration with Volunteer Administrators of Western New York (VAWNY), the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Buffalo (YNPN Greater Bflo) is hosting a themed networking event on volunteer management.

We’ll be there talking about One Region Forward, presenting some of the results from our Community Congresses held this past November, and explaining how people can host their own Scenario Planning Workshop in their community.

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Scenario Planning Workshops on the Road

January 21, 2014,  6:30PM – 8:30PM

Junior League of Buffalo Scenario Planning Workshop on the Road

Various locations across Erie County

The Junior League of Buffalo is bringing our Scenario Planning Workshop to six of their neighborhood meetings held across Erie County. Using same mapping exercise debuted at our five Community Congresses this past November, workshops like this will allow a greater number of citizens from across the region to map, write and discuss their vision for the future of Erie and Niagara counties over the next 40 years. Participants will decide on things like what to protect, where to grow, and how to get around.

If you would like to host a workshop in your community, please visit our Workshops on the Road page and fill out the form.




EconomicsSeries_ChuckMahronDecember 12, 2013, 8AM – 10AM

Economics of Sustainability Series: A Curbside Chat with Chuck Marohn

The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Join Chuck Marohn from Strong Towns for “A Curbside Chat”; a candid talk about the future of America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods.

  • Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth?
  • Why do we struggle at the local level just to maintain our basic infrastructure?
  • What do we do now that the economy has changed so dramatically?

The answers lie in the way we have developed; the financial productivity of our places. This stunning presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient and obtain true prosperity during changing times. Companion Booklet to “A Curbside Chat”

Speaker Bio:
A Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.

Chuck is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Volume 1)the primary author of the Strong Towns Blog and the host of the Strong Towns Podcast and See it Differently TV.

Agenda:
8:00 Registration and Networking
8:30 – 10:00 Presentation and Q&A

Free & Open to the Public

Registration & Event Details

APA CM Credits pending. Planning Board and ZBA members will receive an attendance certificate for demonstrating fulfillment of annual training requirements.


Sustainability Events in the Region
December 3, 2013, 8AM – 10AM

ULI WNY Outer Harbor Forum

One Seneca Tower, 37th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203

Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, including over 130 acres of the area’s largest urban waterfront land tract, is about to be developed as the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority transfers the land to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Empire State Development. Governor Cuomo said he hopes to see the ECHDC provide a mixed-use development plan for this land including a public access component along with some residential and commercial development. The land has sat largely unused for decades. What will it become? The process to determine how the land will be developed to cement Buffalo’s reputation as a true waterfront city will soon begin. With input from Buffalo’s Chief Planner, Brendan Mehaffy, ECHDC’s Chair, Robert Gioia, as well as Uwe Brandes, a nationally respected planner with waterfront development experience in Buffalo, NYC, and D.C., we hope to kick start this conversation.

The event will include a continental breakfast, presentations, and panel discussion set in front of some of the Outer Harbor’s best views on the 37th floor of One Seneca Tower.

MODERATOR:
Stephen Fitzmaurice, COO, Seneca One Realty LLC

PANELISTS:
Uwe Brandes, Executive Director, Masters of Professional Studies in Urban and Regional Planning, Georgetown University
Robert Gioia – Chairman, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation
Brendan Mehaffy – Executive Director, Office of Strategic Planning, City of Buffalo

Agenda:
8:00 – 8:30 am Registration & Networking
8:30 – 9:30 am Presentations
9:30 – 10:00 am Panel Discussion and Q&A

REGISTER HERE
(Please note there is a cost to register)


Sustainability Events in the Region
November 19, 2013, 9AM – 12:30PM

NYSolar Smart Workshops

Under the NY-Sun Initiative, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the City University of New York (CUNY) developed a NYS Unified Solar Permit aimed at reducing costs for solar projects under 12 kW by streamlining municipal permitting processes.

Municipalities that adopt the unified permit are eligible for $2,500 – $5,000, depending on population, through the New York State Cleaner, Greener Communities program.

CUNY will be conducting regional workshops for municipalities across New York State to ease the adoption of the permit and to hold roundtable discussions on the development of a solar permit for commercial installations.

Workshop
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. at Jacobs Executive Development Center, 672 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo.

REGISTER HERE


 

Sustainability Events in the Region
November 19 & 20, 2013, 5PM – 7PM

Transit Options Public WorkshopsOpen Workshop: Transit Options, Amherst – Buffalo Corridor

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and its partners have embarked on a study of public transportation options for the corridor connecting Buffalo and Amherst. This could include an extension of Metro Rail, improvements to current bus service or something else altogether, like bus rapid transit. We do not know where the study is headed. We do know that together we can make getting around the region safer, more environmentally friendly and cost effective. So join us. The discussion starts here and now.

Open Workshops
Tue., Nov. 19, 5 p.m. at St. Leo the Great School, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Presentations at 5:30 and 7. The school is on Metro Bus Route 35 and there is enhanced access at the east driveway side of the school.

Wed. Nov. 20, 5 p.m., Allen Hall, Room 101, University at Buffalo South Campus, 3435 Main Street, Buffalo. Presentations at 5:30 and 7. Enhanced access is available on the Main St. side of the Hall. Metro riders can use Routes 5, 8, 12, 13, 19, 44, 47, 48, or Metro Rail.

Visit the Transit Options section of the NFTA’s website for more info

View Buffalo News Announcement in One region Forward News

Transit Options flyer (pdf)


One Region Forward: Community CongressA Week of Workshops: November 12-16, 2013

Scenario Planning Workshops, Community Congress November 2013Join Our Community Congress: Scenario Planning Workshops, Nov 2013

Scenario Planning Workshops: Translating Our Regional Vision and Values into a Future for Our Region, Choices
Conference and Event Center, Niagara Falls, NY

Scenario planning will allow citizens to put those Regional Values into concrete terms and decide where to make investments and what strategies to pursue to get us closer to our shared Regional Vision and Values.

In a series of highly interactive, hands-on workshops, One Region Forward will ask participants to work together mapping their future approach to land use, development, housing and transportation for our region.

Learn more and register to attend


Sustainability Events in the Region
October 23-24, 2013

2nd Buffalo Food Policy Summit

2nd Buffalo Food Policy SummitLocation details for of each event

Interested in learning more about sustainable economic development opportunities through our region’s food system?

The Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities – Buffalo Partnership with support from university, non-profit and public sector partners is excited to launch the 2nd Buffalo Food Policy Summit. The Summit includes six events over two days (October 23rd and 24th).  Free public events include: an academic discussion of social justice and sustainability in food systems research (10/23), the Youth Advisory Council Just Lead! kick-off event (10/23), Info Fair and Public Forum (10/23), and screening of the award-winning documentary of “A Place at the Table” (10/24).

For a full list of events, dates, times, venues and sponsors please visit: buffalofoodpolicysummit.org

 


One Region Forward In Your Community

October 12, 2013,  8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Kenmore Farmer’s Market

2919 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217

The Kenmore Farmer’s Market features fresh produce, baked goods, and specialty pastas, among other things, at 2919 Delaware Avenue – where Delaware and Delaware meet.

Come check out the local vendors and hear about One Region Forward’s work to increase the sustainability of Buffalo Niagara, including the work of our Food Access and Justice Working Team.

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Sustainability Events in the Region
October 3-5, 2013

2013 Conference on the Environment

Adam’s Mark Hotel, 120 Church Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

This bi-national sustainability summit kicks off the evening of Thursday, October 3rd with keynote speaker Gord Downie, lead singer for The Tragically Hip and water protection advocate. Conference sessions will take place all day on Friday, October 4th. Breakout sessions are organized according to three themes: Land Use & Planning, Climate Change & Sustainable Communities, and Great Lakes & Water Resource Management. The conference closes on Saturday, October 5th with your choice of two field tours.

Most activities and meals  are included with the $95 conference registration fee.

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Sustainability Events in the Region
September, 28 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

9th Annual WNY Environmental Summit

Wick Student Center, Daemen College, Amherst, NY 14226

The theme for this year’s Summit is “Food for Thought: Safe & Green for the Future”. There will be speakers, workshops and exhibitors on sustainability topics.

The event is free and open to the public with continental breakfast available at 8:30am.

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One Region Forward In Your Community
September 26, 2013, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm 

Buffalo Niagara 360 Kickoff Celebration

Shea’s Performing Arts Center,  646 Main Street,  Buffalo, NY 14203

Join hundreds of the region’s talented young professionals for food, drinks and fun in celebration of the rollout of this year’s BN360 program calendar. The Kickoff Celebration is a wonderful opportunity to network with the region’s best and brightest young professionals. The One Region Forward Community Engagement Team will be in attendance to hear from many of the region’s emerging business leaders.

The event is free for registered Buffalo Niagara 360 Members. On the day of the event, it is $30 for Partnership members and $60 for Non-Partnership members.

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One Region Forward In Your Community
September 21, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Music is Art Festival

Delaware Park, Buffalo, NY

Music is Art is based on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to find their musical voice. MiA is dedicated to connecting music and the community, to ensure all types of music are recognized as an important part of our culture.

We’re excited to take part in such a unique event, and hope to promote sustainability as an important part of our regional culture!

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One Region Forward In Your Community
September 18, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

UB Sustainable Living Fair 2013

UB North Campus Student Union, Amherst, NY 14260

The UB Sustainable Living Fair is designed to raise awareness of environmental stewardship and provide UB students, faculty and staff an opportunity to visit with vendor representatives. Learn how to make our community sustainable by reducing your personal environmental footprint.

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Sustainability Events in the Region
September, 14 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

CRT Transit Conference

Montante Cultural Center, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY 14208

Citizens for Regional Transit invites you to attend their conference entitled “The Case for Transit: How Light Rail Can Be a Vehicle for Sustainable Economic Development.” The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Nadine Lemmon, Legislative Advocate, Tri-State Transportation Campaign. “Making Transit Work…. Economically!”
The Executive Panel will include Mark Croce, Hal Morse, Patrick Whalen, Howard Zemsky.

A tour of the DL&W Terminal, Central Terminal and proposed airport light rail extension will be held from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

The event is free and open to the public.

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One Region Forward In Your Community
September 14, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lockport Community Market

Canal Street, Lockport, NY

The Lockport Community Market features fresh produce and crafts from local vendors and is set along historic Canal Street in downtown Lockport.

We’re happy to bring our message of sustainability as well as the work of our Food Access and Justice Working Team to patrons of the Farmers Market!

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One Region Forward In Your Community
September 7, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market

Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo, NY

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market is a producer-only market, meaning that all the vendors grow or produce what they sell themselves—no middlemen and no compromises. In that way patrons know they are dealing directly with source, helping to create a diverse and healthy local economy!

We’re happy to bring our message of sustainability as well as the work of our Food Access and Justice Working Team to patrons of the Farmers Market!

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One Region Forward In Your Community
August 24-25, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts

Elmwood Ave & W Ferry Street, Buffalo, NY

The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts mission is to foster growth in, and awareness of, Western New York’s artistic and cultural treasures and improve the fabric of our unique urban environment. The festival includes an Environmental Row, featuring booths demonstrating things we can do to help sustain the planet…we’ll be there!

We look forward to hearing how people make their community more sustainable, and what sorts of things people would like to save for future generations.

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One Region Forward In Your Community
August 21, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Community Fun Day

McCarthy Park, Buffalo, NY

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood (BPN) is a unique public/private partnership seeking to improve academic performance at three neighborhood schools – Bennett High School, Highgate Heights Elementary and Westminster Community Charter School – while revitalizing the surrounding community.

Join us at the BPN’s Community Fun Day for food, music, fun and more! Make sure to bring the kids and let us know how you’re moving One Region Forward!

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One Region Forward In Your Community
August 17, 2013, 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

City of Night

Silo City, Buffalo, NY

City of Night celebrates Buffalo’s incredibly diverse cultural scene with a wide variety of music, dance, sound installation, fashion, and a community art project for all to engage in. The “Silo City” complex of grain elevators plays host on the Buffalo River, and is an example of how to re-imagine some of our region’s most iconic infrastructure.

Themes of the event include art, history, culture and sustainability.

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One Region Forward In Your Community
August 10-11, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Lewiston Art Festival

Center Street, Lewiston, NY

“The Art of Green Weekend,” will be a focus at this years Lewiston Arts Festival. The arts council is expanding its efforts this year to include the use of compostable and recyclable products by food vendors, placement of 16 recycling bins decorated by campers, and  T-shirts made from recycled plastic bottles and organic cotton…we’re looking forward to seeing how sustainability plays a part at this years festival!

Check out the Buffalo News article: http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130714/CITYANDREGION/130719527/1003

We look forward to hearing how people make their community more sustainable, and what sorts of things people would like to save for future generations.

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One Region Forward In Your Community
August 7, 2013, 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Involved, Informed, Invincible!

Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14202

We’re excited to join Open Buffalo as they present “Involved, Informed, Invincible!” a free evening of music, dance, and activism, featuring leaders from the Young Invincibles and local artists and performers.

Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to mobilizing and expanding opportunities for young Americans between 18 and 34 years of age on issues like higher education, health care, and jobs. The goals of Young Invincibles are the creation of an equal, just, and free city driven by a united and empowered community open to full democratic participation, innovative ideas and policies, new leaders from diverse communities, and meaningful economic opportunity and sustainable wealth creation for all.

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Sustainability Events in the Region
July 22, 2013

Consolidated Funding Application ProcessWNY Regional Economic Development Council CFA Workshops in the Southern Tier

9:00AM – 12:00PM at Jamestown Community College – Olean Campus

3:00PM – 6:00PM at Jamestown Community College – Jamestown Campus

WNY REDC has placed Smart Growth among its highest priorities and is aiming funding at local projects that embrace sustainable development. Come learn how your organization may benefit by attending a workshop this summer.

The training workshops are open to local economic development officials, municipalities, non-profits, businesses and members of the public.

Register for a workshop


One Region Forward In Your Community
July 15, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

91.3 FM WBNY Environmental Show

On the airwaves of Buffalo Niagara at 91.3 FM

Listen to representatives from the One Region Forward initiative talk about the project on Jack Kanack and Rita Yelda’s radio show focusing on environmental issues in the region.

For call-in questions, dial (716) 878-5104.

If your radio does not pick up 91.3 FM, you can listen to the show streaming live at http://www.buffalostate.edu/wbny/webradio/


 

One Region Forward In Your Community
June 29, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Taste of Diversity Festival

Grant Street between Lafayette and Auburn, Buffalo, NY

Come see us at Buffalo’s Taste of Diversity on the West Side. We look forward to hearing how people make their community more sustainable, and what sorts of things people would like to save for future generations. Free Admission!

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June 27, 2013, 8:00 – 10:00 AM

Economics of Sustainability Series: Resources for Proactive Preservation and Redevelopment

Hotel Lafayette, Courtyard Room, 391 Washington St., Buffalo, NY 14203

Demographic trends are reshaping land use and transportation patterns, and driving sustainable growth and (re)development back into existing communities. Historic preservation offers numerous resources that can be leveraged in order to shape redevelopment opportunities. The presentation will break down the various layers of preservation distinctions (local, state, national) and associated processes, historic tax credit deal structure, and outline an array of additional public and private resources.

Speakers:
Julian Adams – NYS Historic Preservation Office
Elizabeth Martin – NYS Historic Preservation Office
Steven Weiss – Cannon, Heyman & Weiss LLP
Tania Werbizky – Preservation League of NYS

Registration & Event Details


Sustainability Events in the Region
June 26, 2013, from 4:00pm-5:00pm

How Climate Change Impacts Planning and Policymaking in WNY

Davis Hall – 1st floor, Agrusa Auditorium

UB North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260

Even with reliable data confirming the increasing rate of climate variability and change due to global warming, there remains a lack of attention to this issue in environmental and development planning. Dr. Grover will discuss planning in the Buffalo-Niagara region; if policymakers are sensitive to climate change and how it affects local decision making.

Speakers:
Himanshu Grover, PhD, Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Planning

The 2013 UBThisSummer lecture series marks our eighth year as one of the premier lecture series in Western New York. Each year, we feature an outstanding lineup of UB faculty who share their enthusiasm and knowledge about an amazing array of topics. These free public lectures are an excellent opportunity to hear from a diverse selection of researchers from all over campus.

For 2013, we will be featuring our broad engagement in research pertaining to The Environment. With topics ranging from global warming to the great lakes, the 2013 UBThisSummer Lecture Series will showcase an exciting cross section of UB’s innovative ongoing research.

All lectures are free and open to the public.


Sustainability Events in the Region
June 25, 2013, 2:00PM – 5:00PM

WNY Regional Economic Development Council CFA Workshop

Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY

WNY REDC has placed Smart Growth among its highest priorities and is aiming funding at local projects that embrace sustainable development. Come learn how your organization may benefit by attending a workshop this summer. Workshops will provide an overview of the CFA process with additional breakout sessions on specific areas of funding available for economic development projects.

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNY REDC) Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) is now the main method to access support from NYS.

Register for the June 25th CFA Workshop

The training workshops are open to local economic development officials, municipalities, non-profits, businesses and members of the public.

Other upcoming workshops in the Buffalo Niagara region include:

July 8, 2:00PM – 5:00PM at Conference Center Niagara Falls, Register

July 22, 9:00AM – 12:00PM at Jamestown Community College – Olean Campus, Register

July 22, 3:00PM – 6:00PM at Jamestown Community College – Jamestown Campus, Register

Full list of CFA Workshops and registration


One Region Forward In Your Community
June 22, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Party for the Planet

Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo, NY

Come see us at the Party for the Planet at the Buffalo Zoo. We look forward to hearing how people make their community more sustainable, and what sorts of things people would like to save for future generations

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One Region Forward In Your Community
June 20, 2013, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Foundry

The Foundry – 298 Northampton St, Buffalo, New York 14208

The Foundry will be premiering “Red, White & Blueprints”, a documentary film project that highlights several of the most innovative initiatives, individuals, and emerging ideas in the Rust Belt, and makes the case for why we still matter as a region.

After the film showing, we will be one of fifteen local community/activist organizations that will each have three minutes to “pitch” themselves and invite supporters, donations or members to step up and help their efforts.

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One Region Forward In Your Community
June 20, 2013

Association of Erie County Governments

1000 Brant Farnham Road, Brant, New York, 14006

One Region Forward will be presenting to the Association of Erie County Governments. The Association of Erie County Governments is made up of Mayors and Supervisors that represent all of the Cities, Towns & Villages in Erie County. Because the power to act on the goals and strategies that are developed through One Region Forward rests so much at the local municipal and county level, these public officials must play a leading role in the initiative.

That’s why each Mayor, Supervisor, Council Member, and Legislator has been asked to participate in the One Region Forward Local Government Council. Their involvement in this process will ensure that those efforts reflect the perspectives of our region’s local communities and have the input of the civic leaders who are best situated to work together and implement a vision for regional prosperity.


One Region Forward In Your Community
June 15, 2013

Juneteenth Festival

Martin Luther King Park, Buffalo, NY

One Region Forward participated in the 38th Annual Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo. We heard some great ideas on how people would make their community more sustainable, and what sorts of things people would like to save for future generations

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Sustainability Events in the Region
June 15, 2013

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies Conference (BALLE)

Buffalo, NY

One Region Forward participating in the reception and opening session for the 2013 BALLE Conference held at Silo City. It was encouraging to see so many entreprenuers and small business owners that are helping to move One Region Forward!

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photos View photos from the event on our flickr page


Sustainability Events in the Region
June 12, 2013, from 10:30am-12:30pm

New York State Housing Policy: the View from Upstate

The Barton Room, 6th Floor, Larkin Building

726 Exchange St., Buffalo, NY 14210

Upstate regions such as Buffalo face a distinctive set of housing challenges stemming from population loss, housing vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration.  This forum will examine how the State’s housing policies might be adjusted to address these challenges. Sam Magavern, co-director of the Partnership for the Public Good, will present PPG’s new report on the topic, and local and state experts will respond and comment.

The panelists will include:

• Marian Zucker, President, Office of Finance and Development for New York State Homes and Community Renewal

• Aaron Bartley, Executive Director, PUSH Buffalo

Working Teams• Stephanie Simeon, Executive Director, Heart of the City Neighborhoods – Stephanie serves on One Region Forward’s  Housing and Neighborhoods Working Team. Interested in being part of the process?  Sign up to be a contributor today

• Steven Weiss, partner, Cannon Heyman & Weiss, LLP, and board member, NYS

Housing Finance Agency and Affordable Housing Corporation Presented by Open Buffalo, a civic initiative of the Partnership for the Public Good, the Coalition for Economic Justice, PUSH Buffalo, and VOICE-Buffalo.

Free and open to the public.  To reserve a seat, please email kyla@ppgbuffafo.org.


Sustainability Events in the Region
June 12, 2013, from 4:00pm-5:00pm

Extreme Events of the Environment: The Challenges of Understanding and Responding to Climate Change, Melting Glaciers, Sea Level Rise and Hurricanes

Davis Hall – 1st floor, Agrusa Auditorium

UB North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260

Changes to our environment and extremes events are among the greatest challenges facing the world’s expanding population. Drs. Renschler and Briner will discuss the latest research in monitoring, modeling and managing these changes and discuss the resilience of communities against related extreme events.

Speakers:
Chris Renschler, PhD, Associate Professor, Geography
Jason Briner, PhD, Associate Professor, Geography

The 2013 UBThisSummer lecture series marks our eighth year as one of the premier lecture series in Western New York. Each year, we feature an outstanding lineup of UB faculty who share their enthusiasm and knowledge about an amazing array of topics. These free public lectures are an excellent opportunity to hear from a diverse selection of researchers from all over campus.

For 2013, we will be featuring our broad engagement in research pertaining to The Environment. With topics ranging from global warming to the great lakes, the 2013 UBThisSummer Lecture Series will showcase an exciting cross section of UB’s innovative ongoing research.

All lectures are free and open to the public.


One Region Forward In Your Community
May 30, 2013, 2013 at 7:00pm

Presentation to Town of Alden Economic Development Committee

Alden Middle School, 1648 Crittenden Rd, Alden, NY

One Region Forward presentation to members of the Town of Alden Economic Development Committee.


One Region Forward In Your Community

May 23, 2013, 2013 at 6:30pm

Presentation to Town of Wheatfield

One Region Forward presentation to members of the Town of Wheatfield’s Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, the Town Board, and the Comprehensive Planning Implementation Task Force and its focus groups.


Sustainability Events in the Region
May 21, 2013, from 9:00am-1:00pm

Laying a Foundation Today for a Better Tomorrow

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin Street,
Buffalo, New York 14202

Learn about these issues and more:

Do you know how the law protects you from housing discrimination?

What can you do to foster diverse communities?

Is your building in compliance with Fair Housing Act
design and construction requirements?

Event Organizer: NYS Division of Human Rights

Free & Open to the Public. Call 1-888-392-3644 with questions.

Event details,  To RSVP send an email to rsvp@dhr.ny.gov.


Sustainability Events in the Region
May 18th, 2013, from 6:00-9:00pm

Designing to Live Sustainably: Imagine Buffalo

CEPA Gallery, 617 Main St # 201 Buffalo, NY 14203

Designing to Live Sustainably is both a competition with awards and a celebration of designs that become the tools through which we create wiser use of Buffalo’s vacant and underused properties.

d2ls will be hosting our first annual Imagine Buffalo awards celebration that will promote, display, and connect the various ideas, designs and strategies submitted, and will serve to create the groundwork for community engagement in developing a vision for a more sustainable future for Buffalo.

Please join us.

Event Organizer: d2ls buffalo

Event details and registration


Sustainability Events in the Region
May 14th, 2013, 2013 from 7:00-9:00pm

Regional Choices

Gleason Works, 1000 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Chuck Marohn joins Peter Fleischer in a discussion about urban sprawl and sustainable growth. A prolific writer and presenter, Mr. Marohn will speak about how local governments have failed to consider the long-term returns on public investments, adopting a pattern of development that creates massive maintenance costs. Mr. Fleischer will share insights from his legislative advocacy, including the 2010 Public Infrastructure Policy Act, which reduces fiscally and environmentally unsustainable infrastructure investments. Please note there is a $15 cost associated with the talk.

Speakers include: Charles (Chuck) Marohn (Executive Director, Strong Towns – Baxter, Minnesota) and Peter Fleischer (Executive Director, Empire State Future – Albany, NY)

Event Organizer: Rochester Regional Community Design Center

Event details


Sustainability Events in the Region
April 28, 2013, 2013 from 1:00-5:00pm

Relay for Renewables – Renewable Energy Fair

6370 Lake Road (Rt 18), Appleton, Niagara County

Meet at Singer Farms Naturals Legacy Barn at 1pm for relay

EVERYBODY come and enjoy ~ good food ~ live music ~ and a fun & friendly vibe, at our 1st Renewable Energy Fair. We want demonstrate that renewable energy is doable now!

As part of the event, there will be a RELAY for RENEWABLES:
Bring friends and family and join us as participates will stretch out to pass a solar torch from the nearby Somerset coal-fired power station to the ‘green energy’ technologies at Singer Farm Naturals.

Learn more about the effects of climate change on our food supply with our partners from the UB School of Architecture and Planning’s  Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab.

Event Organizer: Singer Farm Naturals and Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter NY Renewable Energy Campaign

Event details

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One Region Forward In Your Community
April 25, 2013, 2013 from 5:00-6:30pm

Presentation to Town of Royalton Planning Board

One Region Forward presentation to members of the Town Planning Board.


Sustainability Events in the Region
April 22, 2013, 2013 from 5:00-6:30pm

Strand in the Place Where You Live – Part of Earth Week at UB

UB Solar Strand, Flint Road, across from the Center for Tomorrow

Experience the country’s most accessible solar park for yourself!

Meet Buffalo Niagara’s “Sustainability Igniters”–our local leaders and innovators in environmental sustainability. Interactive texting and technology from GROW 716 will be part of the celebration. In addition, there will be exhibits from local sustainability organizations, local food, music, prize giveaways, and much more!

One Region Forward will be there! Stop by our table to learn more about the effort and how you can help move One Region Forward. See you there!

Event Organizer: University at Buffalo Office of Sustainability

Event details and registration

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Sustainability Events in the Region

April 4, 2013, 8:30 – 11:00 AM

Village of Williamsville: Adaptive Re-Use and Redevelopment Forum

Williamsville South High School, 5950 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221

The Village of Williamsville and Mayor Brian Kulpa invite you to attend an information sharing summit. With the goal of clarifying priorities and hearing from all sides of this complicated issue, this interactive forum brings together a variety of stakeholders. Join us for this important summit meeting where representatives from state and local government, developers and bankers, as well as experts in a variety of related fields, share their knowledge and experience.

Speakers include: Paul Beyer (Director of Smart Growth for NYS Department of State); Michael Ball (Deputy Director Empire State Development, WNY Region); James Allen (Executive Director of Amherst IDA); Iskalo Development.

RSVP by March 28, 2013: kpoules@village.williamsville.ny.us or 632-4120 x3010.

Event Organizer: Village of Williamsville and Mayor Brian Kulpa


Sustainability Events in the Region

March 25, 2013, 8:00 – 10:00 AM

Urban Land Institute WNY: Sustainable Infrastructure

The Buffalo History Museum,  Buffalo, NY

Former Mayor of Pittsburgh and ULI Senior Fellow, Tom Murphy will be joined by a panel of local experts for an exciting session focused on Sustainable Infrastructure on March 25th. Please note that the pre-registration deadline is March 21st.

Event details and registration

Event Organizer: Urban Land Institute Western New York




March 15, 2013, 8:30 – 10:30 AM

Economics of Sustainability Series: Village Center and Urban Core Revitalization

Burchfield Penney Art Center,  Buffalo. NY
Come hear about specific place-based redevelopment initiatives that are sparking new energy and reinvestment in traditional development centers in region. Discussion will focus on the importance of these areas to the tax base, quality of life and livability, and overall economic health and viability of Buffalo Niagara.

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One Region Forward: Community CongressFebruary 2, 2013, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Community Congress Meeting #2: Niagara County

Regional Vision and Values: Where We Want to Go
Conference and Event Center,  Niagara Falls, NY
Our second of two “Community Congress” meetings will  introduce this effort and hear citizen voices about the vision and values that should guide our plan.

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One Region Forward: Community CongressJanuary 29, 2013, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Community Congress Meeting #1: Erie County

Regional Vision and Values: Where We Want to Go
Babeville, the former Asbury Church on Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY
Our first of two “Community Congress” meetings will be held to introduce this effort and hear citizen voices about the vision and values that should guide our plan.

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