External Engagement

RENEW is providing technical assistance and research services to the City of Buffalo in the areas of engineering, advanced computing, geographic information services, planning, law, economics, business, and/or finance in support of the City’s 2015 Energy Plan.  RENEW accomplishes this via RENEW Fellows who are Senior Research Support Specialists.  The RENEW Fellows spend 80% of their time working at City Hall at the City of Buffalo and 20% interacting with RENEW focus areas and the faculty that comprise them.  As part of this project, RENEW will hire two Energy Fellows.

RENEW is also providing technical assistance and research services to the Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) in the areas of engineering, advanced computing, geographic information services, planning, law, economics, business, and/or finance in support of the BSA’s LTCP and the BSA’s ongoing energy conservation and development program.  RENEW accomplishes this via RENEW Fellows who are Senior Research Support Specialists.  The RENEW Fellows spend 80% of their time working at City Hall at the City of Buffalo and 20% interacting with RENEW focus areas and the faculty that comprise them.  As part of this project, RENEW will hire three Fellows – a Green Infrastructure Fellow, an Energy Fellow and a GIS and Hydraulic Modeling Fellow.

UB faculty are also directly engaged as part of the BSA project working to develop a detailed stormwater management model (SWMM) to simulate runoff from the City of Buffalo catchment area and the routing of flow through the BSA collection system.

RENEW Fellows

“I became an urban planner because as a native Buffalonian, I know that the environment one grows up in shapes who they are. I want to help shape the built environment and play an active role in Buffalo’s renaissance.”

"I am excited to be working back in my hometown on green infrastructure projects that enhance the overall quality of life in the city. The Buffalo Sewer Authority is the driving force behind many

innovative and sustainable practices which are helping to make Buffalo a model for other rust belt cities who are faced with similar challenges."

“Buffalo is my hometown and it has been unbelievable witnessing all of the recent development; I am looking forward to assisting with the City’s energy and transportation modernization.” 

“I became an engineer to help people transform how they live. It’s a privilege and honor to be part of an organization that lives and act by this motto.”