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The Buffalo Niagara region is facing major environmental problems with sprawl, air pollution, poor water quality, and numerous brownfields. But with its abundant water, wind, and solar resources, Buffalo Niagara also has the potential to be a major hub for clean, green energy. By protecting and restoring our waterways, we can take advantage of our location on the Great Lakes and the Niagara River. Local and state governments need to understand that the most competitive cities of the future will be the greenest: cities that promote mass transit, green buildings, and the conservation of energy, water, and habitats.

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May 6, 2020

Policy Solutions for COVID-19 Response and Recovery in Buffalo-Niagara

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. On Thursday, April 30, Partnership for the Public Good and the Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, in collaboration with ANCHOR, hosted a Buffalo Commons Community Conversation on policy solutions for COVID-19 response and recovery. The discussion …

April 3, 2020

Already ‘a Crisis Before the Pandemic,’ Access to Water Should Be Top Priority

While access to water is increasingly recognized as a basic human right, “access to and affordability of clean, healthy water was a national crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic, including right here in Western New York,” said Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Executive Director of PUSH Buffalo. This …

April 3, 2020

Read the Full Transcript: Press Conference on Water Access During COVID-19

This transcript is from the 4/2/2020 10am press conference urging the City of Buffalo to proactively restore water services to Buffalo residents amidst the COVID-19 crisis.  Speakers include: Rahwa Ghirmatzion (Executive Director, PUSH Buffalo), Andrea Ó Súilleabháin …

April 2, 2020

WBFO: "City, Water Board urged to restore shut off water service during pandemic"

By Michael Mroziak | April 2, 2020 Dozens of local community advocacy agencies and individuals are uniting in a call to the City of Buffalo and the city’s Water Board, urging them to restore service amidst the pandemic to those whose water has been shut off.

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Declare a Climate Emergency: WNY Youth Climate Council on The Public GoodMay 26, 2020, 10-10:30 pm

Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

Join us on The Public Good! Our guests are Ilyas Khan, Gabby Prince, Kiera Quinlivan and Emily Dyett of the WNY Youth Climate Council. Ilyas, Gabby and Kiera are youth members of the council, which Emily supports as coordinator on behalf of the WNY Environmental Alliance. We’ll discuss the …

Good Food: Rebekah Williams on The Public GoodApril 21, 2020, 10-10:30 pm

Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

Join us on The Public Good! We talk with Rebekah Williams of Massachusetts Avenue Project and the Good Food Buffalo Coalition. We discuss equitable food access and the importance of food systems during the COVID-19 emergency, and then turn to the big picture of "Good Food Purchasing" in the …

POSTPONED - Buffalo’s Outer Harbor: The Right Place for a World-Class ParkMarch 11, 2020, 5:30-7:30 pm

Sam Magavern

**This event is being postponed to a date to be determined due to public health concerns regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) In recent years, Western New Yorkers have rediscovered Buffalo’s Outer Harbor: its natural beauty, ecological importance, and recreational opportunities. Local …

Buffalo Commons Workshop: Local Land Use, Green Code, and ZoningMarch 5, 2020, 12-2 pm

Jessie Fisher and Art Giacalone

Learn how to level the playing field in development and zoning matters in our communities.

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