Sustainability 101

Citizen Planning School

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.

Program Overview

CitizenPlanners The Citizen Planning School is hosted by One Region Forward and UB’s School of Architecture and Planning. The 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. 

The first in-person round of the Citizen Planning School ended on June 14, 2014, but you can still register to complete the program online this summer here

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 micro-plan for a sustainability project in their community, attending technical assistance hours to create this plan, and presenting it at the upcoming Sustainability 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.

Learn more about the Champions for Change program here.

Missed registration for attending the Citizen Planning School? You can still participate online!


Citizen Planners

Citizen Planning School Summer Session Starts July 1st!

Online Citizen Planning School Program – Registration Starts 7/1/14

IMG_0587Residents of Erie and Niagara counties have another chance to enroll in the Citizen Planning School this summer.  This past spring, residents gained practical skills to mobilize their ideas into action by enrolling in the Citizen Planning School, a free program being offered through One Region Forward. Those who missed the opportunity to participate this past spring can enroll in the online summer session beginning July 1st. Summer session ends September 30th, 2014. Please register here.

Free and open to any resident of Erie or Niagara counties, the Citizen Planning School is sponsored by the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning through One Region Forward, a federally-funded collaborative planning effort to develop a road-map for sustainable development in the bi-county region.CitizenPlanningSchool_toSummit2

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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.