Strategic Plan and Action Agenda

The Western New York Environmental Alliance recently completed a comprehensive planning process that produced a three-year strategic action plan.  The plan positions the Alliance to leverage the assets and resources of the WNY environmental community while attracting new funding and partnerships from organizations outside the region.

The plan is built around four Focus areas: Capacity, Inclusion, Campaigns, and Membership.  Each area includes a set of Goals, Strategies needed to realize each goal, and the Actions required to execute them.

A copy of the plan can be viewed here: WNYEA Strategic Plan 1-18-17.

If you have any questions or comments, please fee free to direct them to mike.benzin@growwny.org.

Advocacy

Each year the Western New York Environmental Alliance (WNYEA) raises an annual action agenda through its Advocacy Policy. Planks for the WNYEA are brought forth by member organizations and pushed up through WNYEA Working Groups. This process relies heavily on the support, advice and counsel of the Issues & Advocacy Process Group. This group helps Working Groups to develop advocacy items, from comments and statements to campaigns and planks. The group has put together the following documents to help with the WNYEA Advocacy Process:

Below is the action agenda for 2016. Check back soon to see the 2017 update!  Previous agendas can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

2016 Action Agenda

The Western New York Environmental Alliance has twelve proposed planks for 2016. Nine of them are continuations of previous year’s planks and three are new.   Two are Board generated and others come from Climate (3), Transportation (1), Habitat (4), Growing (1) and Urban Regeneration (1) working groups.

The WNYEA Board approved all planks at the 11/17/2015 Board Meeting.

 

Board Proposed

WNYEA OUTER HARBOR PRINCIPLES (continuation)

Specific Tasks: Develop and implement a strategy to align the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation’s redevelopment plans for the Outer Harbor with the key principles developed by the Alliance.

Outcome: ECHDC revision of draft Master Plan Blueprint Report creating a vision for Buffalo’s Outer Harbor respectful of its context within the City of Buffalo and the Great Lakes system and based in ecological revitalization.

 

RISE UP FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE (new)

Specific Tasks: Manage the Environmental Outreach for the Rise Up for Climate Justice Campaign and focus the Nov. Congress on a relevant topic.

Outcome: Successful mobilization of our membership in a collaborative campaign to address issues of climate justice in our region.

 

Energy Working Group

CARBON-FREE PUBLIC TRANSIT ALONG THE NIAGARA RIVER GREENWAY (continuation)

Specific Tasks:

Serve on the new NRGC Transportation Committee, educate stakeholders on importance of green transit along the greenway (and the alternative!), and lay groundwork for public transit demonstration

Outcome:

Work with the NRGC Transportation Committee to develop green public transit along the greenway, possibly encouraging expansion of the planned NYPA transit.

 

FEED IN TARIFF IN NYS (continuation, change of sponsor)

Sierra Club Niagara Group

Specific Tasks: Act as grassroots lobbyists for a Feed In Tariff law in NYS.

Outcomes: Political support from our Federal Elected officials for permitting the most effective method for promoting renewable energy development for use in NY State.

 

ENERGY DEMOCRACY (new)

Sierra Club Niagara Group and PUSH and PPG

Specific Tasks: To increase awareness of the relationship between climate change, renewable energy and energy democracy; to help coordinate efforts statewide; and to participation in REV and REV R.E.A.L. processes.

Outcome: Education of elected on impact of energy policy; work to pass effective legislation in New York to ensure that the energy transformation to renewables is done in a democratic manner.

 

MUNICIPAL WIND ENERGY FOR WNY (continuation)

WAG

Specific Tasks: Develop a report documenting the economics of municipalities investing in wind energy to meet their electricity needs and recruit a delegation to educate elected municipal officials on this issue

Outcome: Generate interest on the part of municipalities to reduce their Carbon footprint and reduce their exposure to volatile priced fossil fuel electricity through municipally owned wind power

 

Growing Working Group

A HEALTHY CORNER STORE INITIATIVE FOR WNY (new)

Grassroots Gardens

Specific Tasks: Create and promote a texting campaign through Grow 716 on healthy corner stores, advocate for the Buffalo and Erie County Food Policy Council to listen to the voices of underrepresented consumer groups on their ideas for Healthy Corner Stores in WNY.

Outcome: Increase the accessibility of healthy food access through area corner stores and train champions in local communities on how to advocate for healthy corner stores

 

Transportation Working Group

RIGHT-SIZE THE SCAJAQUADA CORRIDOR TO BE CONSISTENT WITH THE COMMUNITY’S STATED GOALS (may be amended)

GoBike and Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Specific Tasks: Ensure NYSDOT preferred design alternative in Rte 198 DEIS transforms Scajaquada corridor to a Complete Street through advocacy and public participation for context sensitive design.

Outcome: Implementation of the Open Streets initiative along the Scajaquada Expressway, developing our own in-depth traffic study and impact analysis, as well as creating a marketing and communications plan to educate the community on the benefits of the 30MPH option and complete removal.

 

Habitat Working Group

ERIE NIAGARA MARINE SANCTUARY (continuation)

Times Beach Nature Preserve

Specific Tasks: Work to build community support for Community Based Nomination to NOAA

Outcome: Community Based Nomination to NOAA

 

AVIAN CONSERVATION STANDARDS BIRD SAFE BUILDING AND DESIGN PRACTICES (continuation)

Times Beach Nature Preserve

Specific Tasks: work with local government and planning organizations to adopt bird safe design practices and strategies.

Outcome: Adoption of bird safe design practices and strategies.

 

BAN FRACKING IN NYS (continuation- needs to be amended?)

Sierra Club Niagara Group

Specific Tasks: Advocate for the Ban of Horizontal High Volume Hydrofracking (HHVHF) in New York State and its associated activities.

Outcome: Ban Fracking in NYS

 

Urban Regeneration Working Group

SUSTAINABILITY SECTOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (continuation)

Specific Tasks: A grassroots economic development strategy to provide job training and social enterprise development assistance in key sustainability sectors (e.g., storm water, energy efficiency, solar) to low-income communities of color in the Buffalo-Niagara Region

Outcome: Raise awareness of gaps in service and program delivery in existing workforce and economic development regimes. Create a coalition of labor, community, industry, and environmental groups that can work together to create a viable job training and social enterprise development program that serves low-income communities of color. Win commitments from local and state decision makers to invest in the program.

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Click here to view the 2015 Action Agenda.

Click here to view the 2014 Action Agenda.

Click here to view the 2013 Action Agenda.


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