Sustainability 101

Citizen Planning School

The Citizen Planning School assists community members with leveraging planning tools to implement sustainable change in Erie and Niagara counties from the ground up. The school is hosted by One Region Forward and the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning.


Citizen Planning School


Program Overview

Do you want to see a change in your community? One Region Forward can provide you with the tools to make it happen!

Whether you are a concerned citizen interested in learning more about the basics of planning and sustainable development, or you want to implement your idea for a sustainable initiative in your neighborhood, the Citizen Planning School has something to offer. Hosted by One Region Forward and UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, the program offers two levels of training.

The basics…


The Citizen Planning School program provides citizens of Erie and Niagara counties with tools to increase the sustainability of their communities and ultimately, the Buffalo Niagara region at large. All participants attend issue-based lectures, have access to online tool kits, receive a Certificate of Completion, and attend a Sustainability Ideas Summit that celebrates the work of all program participants. Participation in the Citizen Planning School is free and open to the public. 

Learn about the upcoming semester of the Citizen Planning School here.

See what we did in Spring 2014 here.

Advanced training…

ChampionsforChangeThe Citizen Planning School also offers an additional level of training called Champions for Change. Champions for Change are Citizen Planners that want to take their engagement one step further by creating a plan for action for a sustainability project in their community, attending technical assistance hours to create this plan, and presenting it at an Ideas Summit.

The Champions for Change Program is a competitive, application-based program.

The application period for this program has ended and we are currently not accepting any more applications. The next application cycle opens February 1, 2015 through February 28, 2015.  

Learn more about the Champions for Change program here.

Meet our 2014 Champions and read about their projects here.

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Citizen Planning School Sessions and related events will be photographed and recorded. Images and sound will be posted on the website. Participants who agree to participate in these sessions may be appear in these images.