2020 Learning Series

2020 Learning Series

The 2020 Learning Series is part of One Region Forward’s ongoing efforts to provide technical assistance to municipalities and promote sustainable development in the Buffalo Niagara 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.


Learning Session 1: How do I develop a good solar project in my community?

**Due to public health concerns related to COVID-19, Learning Session 1 has been rescheduled to May 15, 2020 and will be held as a webinar**

Legal experts, solar developers, local municipal peers, and representatives from governmental agencies will share what you need to know before, during, and after developing solar.

May 15, 2020, 9:00 AM – 11:15 AM

The event organizers assembled this list of online resources related to the event topics.

A video of this webinar, along with links to materials (presentations, referenced resources, etc.) will be posted in the coming weeks!


The webinar will start promptly at 9:00AM. Participants are encouraged to login a few minutes early.

9:00 – 9:05 AM

Preparing for Solar
9:05 – 10:05 AM
Learn about the NY-Sun toolkit, solar code development, and other resources available to municipalities to prepare for solar.

  • Jason Kulaszewksi, UB Regional Institute (moderator)
  • Jen ManierreLatimer, NYSERDA
  • Peter Jeffery, Town of Porter
  • Mary Underhill, Livingston County

Engaging the Process
10:05 – 11:05 AM
Learn about the accelerated siting process, SEQR, PILOTS, and community benefit agreements for municipalities to use during a solar project.

  • Daniel Castle, AICP, Erie County (moderator)
  • Mike Saviola, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Mark Geise, Chautauqua County
  • Dan Spitzer, Hodgson Russ

Closing Remarks
11:05 – 11:15 AM


This event qualifies for two hours of land use training credit toward meeting the NYS mandatory training requirement for local planning and zoning officials. Attendance certificates will be available for all participants.

AICP credits are pending.

AICP members can earn Certi­fication Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity [or many activities at this event]. When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at http://www.planning.org/cm.

AICP members must be in attendance for the duration of the event in order to receive CM Credit.

This installment of the One Region Forward 2020 Learning Series was organized by the UB Regional Institute and the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning.