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A New Home For Action

Since 2007, our work has been dedicated to effecting lasting, positive change in our community. Created with the help of educators, students, volunteers, interns, and independent researchers, our rich body of reports, policy briefs, and fact sheets can now be found in the Buffalo Commons.

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September 17, 2018

The 501(c)(3) Advocacy Lab Follow Up

On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, Buffalo Commons, a joint collaboration between PPG and Cornell in Buffalo, hosted its first Lab in what will be a series of educational programs beginning this fall. It was free and open to the public. Sam Magavern, Executive Director of Partnership for the Public …

August 17, 2018

FB Community Land Trust Seeks Interim Executive Director

The F.B. Community Land Trust (FBCLT) seeks an interim executive director to oversee the day-to-day operations of the first-ever community land trust in the historic Fruit Belt neighborhood. The successful candidate will be familiar with how community land trusts can be used to ensure long-term …

August 7, 2018

Buffalo Commons Researcher Directory is Live!

We are excited to launch our navigable Researcher Directory featuring researchers both in and out of academia whose work focuses on the Buffalo Niagara region. The intent of this directory is to encourage partnership and collaboration between university and community. We would love …

August 7, 2018

New Climate Justice Publications

Partnership for the Public Good just released four policy briefs for the Crossroads Collective, which is comprised of nine organizations working at the intersection of climate justice with economic and racial justice in Western New York. 

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Join us for the Buffalo Commons Policy Advocacy 101 WorkshopSeptember 25, 2018, 5:30-7 pm

Sam Magavern, Andrew Marcum, Jerome Wright

Learn from three experienced advocates about what it takes to change laws, policies, and programs. RSVP to

Buffalo Public Schools Food: Bridget O'Brien on the Public GoodOctober 16, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Join us for The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Bridget Obrien, Food Service Director at Buffalo Public Schools. discussing School food in BPD. Listen in, then learn more about Bridget Obrien here. The show will air on Power 96.5 WNY at 7 pm, and on LIVE on PPG's Facebook page at 1 pm …

University at Buffalo Professor Erin Hatton on the Public GoodDecember 11, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Sam Magavern

Join us for The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Professor Erin Hatton, Associate Professor at University at Buffalo. Discussing different issues centered around the city of Buffalo. Listen in, then learn more her and her work here. The show will air on Power 96.5 WNY at 7 pm, and on LIVE on …

From the Buffalo Commons View All

Community-Owned Solar Power and Micro Grids
Electric Buses for the NFTA
Farm Fresh Foods: What to Know About Growing and Selling Produce in Buffalo
Methane Leaks from Natural Gas Pipelines: Solutions for New York
Women in Elected Office Challenges and Opportunities in Erie County