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Cornell Fellowship Opportunity for PPG Partners

Uncategorizedon September 28th, 2015No Comments

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.

The fellows are paid by Cornell University. Only PPG partners are eligible to host a fellow. The application is now available and can be found here: 2016 Cornell fellowship announcement for partners. Applications must be submitted to Megan Connelly ( by Wednesday, October 7.

If your organization is interested in becoming a PPG partner, simply submit the partnership form.

PPG Releases Report on Greening the Medical Campus

Events, Newson September 22nd, 2015Comments Off on PPG Releases Report on Greening the Medical Campus

PPG’s new report, “Greening the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus,” surveys existing sustainability efforts on Buffalo’s rapidly growing Medical Campus and makes detailed recommendations for future initiatives.  Among the recommendations:

  • 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.

Climate Justice Rally and Pledge

Events, Newson September 21st, 2015Comments 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

Updated Buffalo Brief on Racial Disparities

Events, Newson August 26th, 2015Comments 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%).


Hot Issues in Public Schools on the Public Good

Events, Newson August 24th, 2015Comments 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.comAnd join us again on September 1, when our guest will be Marshall Bertram from the WNY Worker Center discussing key issues in workers’ rights.

The Public Good with Ba Zan Lin

Events, Newson July 16th, 2015Comments Off on The Public Good with Ba Zan Lin

The Public Good with Ba Zan Lin discusses the rapidly growing Burmese population in Buffalo.

New Resources on Buffalo’s Refugees and Immigrants 

Events, Newson July 15th, 2015Comments 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.

New Report on Traffic Equity

Events, Newson July 15th, 2015Comments 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.

The Public Good with Pastor James Giles

Events, Newson July 8th, 2015Comments Off on The Public Good with Pastor James Giles

Pastor James Giles of Back to Basics, Buffalo Peace Makers and Voice Buffalo discusses community policing in Buffalo with Sam Magavern on the Public Good.

The Public Good with Kevin Connor

Events, Newson July 2nd, 2015Comments 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.