The Partnership serves as a key partner in One Region Forward, an effort to promote sustainable development in Erie and Niagara counties. The project is funded by a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It combines research and public engagement with planning and action to meet the combined economic, environmental and social challenges of the 21st century. After an extensive planning and public input process, the One Region Forward plan was released in 2015.
This broad-based, collaborative effort promotes sustainable development in five areas:
- Land Use
- Energy and Climate
- Access to Food
The Partnership is currently assisting the Implementation Council and its Strategic Planning Subcommittee, as One Region Forward moves ahead in the implementation phase. This involves working with organizations and stakeholders across various sectors to determine how we are or can work cooperatively to employ the principles of One Region Forward in Buffalo Niagara. The Partnership continues to assist with developing ways to promote sustainability in regional business practices.