Summer 2016 will mark the eighth year of the High Road Fellowship, a collaboration between PPG and Cornell University. Since 2009, the summer fellowship program has brought 104 Cornell ILR students to Buffalo to work on grassroots economic development with PPG partner organizations.
For June and July the students work in their host organizations Monday through Thursday each week. On Fridays they are together as a group and meet with guest speakers, take walking tours of city neighborhoods, businesses and cultural attractions, and in general experience a real immersion in Buffalo city life.
Create a sustainability plan and designate a green team, led by a sustainability officer, to implement it.
Set and implement energy reduction goals for each member institution.
Commit to annual, steadily increasing goals for use of renewable energy.
Offer all employees additional green transit incentives.
Adopt a campus-wide sustainable procurement policy.
Form a campus-wide food policy.
Establish a comprehensive, campus-wide waste management policy that includes the recycling of all legally-mandated materials, ends or reduces incineration, and sets and implements goals for reduction, reuse, and recycling improvements.
Work with nearby residents to create a Green and Healthy Neighborhood plan for every home, lot, and public space in the neighborhood.
PPG prepared this report for the Open Buffalo Innovation Lab. Open Buffalo is working with neighborhood residents and other community groups to maximize the ways in which the community benefits from the public investment in the Medical Campus.
Events, News•on September 21st, 2015•Comments Off on Climate Justice Rally and Pledge
PPG is proud to co-sponsor the Climate Justice Rally taking place this Thursday, September 24 at 5pm in Niagara Square (pre-rally festivities start at 4pm, with music, song, dance, and food). The rally coincides with Pope Francis’ historic address to the US Congress. It will demand action from our elected leaders while showcasing the important work being done in Western New York. You can get more information and sign the Climate Justice Pledge at the Sierra Club Niagara Group’s web site. Listen to Lynda Schneecloth from Sierra Club discuss climate justice on the Public Good, Tuesday at 1pm on WUFO AM 1080 and www.wufoam.com
Events, News•on August 26th, 2015•Comments Off on Updated Buffalo Brief on Racial Disparities
PPG has updated its Buffalo Brief on racial disparities. Among its findings are the following. Buffalo-Niagara is the sixth most segregated large metro in the nation. White residents have a median income ($55,224) over twice that of blacks ($24,645) and Hispanics ($26,735). The poverty rate of blacks (37%) and Hispanics (37%) is more than four times that of whites (9%).
Events, News•on August 24th, 2015•Comments Off on Hot Issues in Public Schools on the Public Good
Don’t miss the Public Good this Tuesday, August 25 at 1pm when we discuss the Buffalo Public Schools with our friends from Citizen Action / Alliance for Quality Education. Topics will include receivership, community schools, and efforts to improve attendance. Tune in to WUFO AM 1080 or catch the livestream on www.wufoam.com. And join us again on September 1, when our guest will be Marshall Bertram from the WNY Worker Center discussing key issues in workers’ rights.
Events, News•on July 15th, 2015•Comments Off on New Resources on Buffalo’s Refugees and Immigrants
PPG has completed 10 fact sheets on Buffalo’s foreign language communities, including sheets on Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Central Africa, Eritrea, Iraq, Puerto Rico, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. We’ve also updated our Buffalo Brief on Immigrants, Refugees, and Languages Spoken in WNY and filmed four short video conversations with local community leaders you can find them, along with many other resources on immigrants, refugees, and language access, here.
Events, News•on July 15th, 2015•Comments Off on New Report on Traffic Equity
PPG has released a new report, Traffic Equity in Buffalo, NY by Daniel Cadzow and Sam Magavern. The report includes some of the latest scientific research on traffic pollution and its many negative health effects, and calls for better local policies regarding public transit, smart growth, complete streets, car sharing, and the Peace Bridge to help improve traffic equity in western New York.
Events, News•on July 2nd, 2015•Comments Off on The Public Good with Kevin Connor
Kevin Connor of the Public Accountability Initiative discusses their three part report on Carl Paladino: his bigoted statements, his campaign donations, and his receipt of tax incentives from state and local governments.