BUFFALO, N.Y. – Engineers, architects, government
administrators, scientists and others will meet in Buffalo on March
14 to discuss how Western New York can prepare for, fund and create
green infrastructure projects.
The event, called the Western New York Green Infrastructure
Forum, will focus on land-use, transportation, energy, housing and
other issues. It also will include discussions on how communities
can improve water quality, specifically as it relates to pollution
caused by stormwater runoff.
Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the
University at Buffalo (UB), the forum includes a range of speakers
with experience in developing green infrastructure. Among them:
- Matt Millea, Onondaga County deputy executive for physical
services. He will deliver the keynote address focusing on the
county’s “Save the Rain” program, which is a
comprehensive stormwater management plan designed to reduce
pollution in Onondaga Lake.
- Robert Shibley, dean of UB’s School of Architecture and
Planning. He will discuss an initiative called “One Region
Forward,” a regional effort that focuses on sustainable
planning in Western New York.
- Jill Spisiak Jedlicka, executive director of the Buffalo
Niagara Riverkeeper. She will discuss how healthy waterways support
tourism and recreation-based economies.
- Alan Rabideau, professor of civil, structural and environmental
engineering at UB. He will discuss Ecosystem Restoration through
Interdisciplinary Exchange, a UB-led initiative that helps restore
damaged ecosystems including the former nuclear fuel reprocessing
plant in West Valley, N.Y.
From helping investigate toxic chemicals in the Love Canal
neighborhood of Niagara Falls in the 1970s to committing to be
climate neutral by 2030, UB has a long history in environmental
leadership. The forum is another example of its commitment to
educate, inspire and enable people both on and off campus to create
a more sustainable world.
It will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Clinical and
Translational Research Center, 875 Ellicott St., in Buffalo.
Because the event is at capacity, organizers are no longer
accepting registrants. Reporters interested in attending are asked
to contact Cory Nealo.