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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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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. 

July 31, 2018

Local developer has voluntarily set aside 15 percent of his new project for below-market-rate apartments

After years of fighting over more affordable housing, one local developer has voluntarily set aside 15 percent of his new project for below-market-rate apartments - but are they really? When the $25 million project at 990 Niagara Street in Buffalo is finished in about two years, it will tower over …

July 23, 2018

Directly impacted communities, grassroots organizations & the #FREEnewyork campaign call on the Erie County Legislature and New York State to end the jail crisis

On July 19, 2018 the New York State Commission of Correction’s Medical Review Board found that India Cumming’s death in the Erie County Holding Center “should be ruled as a homicide due to medical neglect” in a report issued on June 26 and made public by the Buffalo News on …

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Buffalo Museum of Science: President and CEO on The Public GoodAugust 14, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Join us for The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Marisa Wigglesworth, President, and CEO at Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences. Discussing the Buffalo Science Museum and other topics centered around the city of Buffalo. Listen in, then learn more about the Buffalo Science …

Community Reinvestment Act Basics TrainingAugust 21, 2018, 1-3 pm

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) has led to over $1 trillion in mortgages, small business loans, and economic development for underserved neighborhoods since 1990. Most importantly, the CRA gives residents and community organizations a voice in how banks are serving the needs of your community. …

Democracy Fellow Micheal Zak: on the Public GoodAugust 21, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Join us for The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Micheal Zak, Co-Founder and Worker Owner at Gro-op, and Board Chair at Buffalo Cooperative Federal Credit Union. Discussing his work as a Democracy Fellow and other topics centered around the city of Buffalo. Listen in, then learn more about …

Democracy Fellow Michelle Jones: on the Public GoodAugust 26, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Join us for The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Michelle Jones, Open Buffalo's Democracy Fellow, discussing her work as a Democracy Fellow and other topics centered around the city of Buffalo. Listen in, then learn more about Michelle Jones and the Democracy Fellows here. The show will air …

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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