A coalition of Western New York municipalities and organizations in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties has received funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to create a regional sustainability plan as part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Cleaner, Greener Communities Program.
A first round of public meetings was held in July to introduce the project and to seek public input on draft sustainability goals. A second round of public meetings has been scheduled throughout the region in October to discuss the draft Western New York Sustainability Plan and to solicit feedback on implementation projects that will help to shape the region's economic and environmental future.
A meeting on the plan is scheduled in Niagara County for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Niagara County Community College, Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room E142, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn.
The Cleaner, Greener Communities Program promotes smarter growth practices by funding sustainability planning at the regional level. Regional planning teams can partner with state and federal agencies, municipalities, non-profit organizations, private businesses and residents to break down barriers and develop a sustainability plan that reflects their area's needs. This partnering helps to create more integrated, sustainable solutions and accelerate investment and actual development.
Plan on attending a public meeting, or project ideas also can be submitted via the public website, www.sustainable-ny.com/form.