Published on February 1st, 2017 | by GrowWNYAdmin


Dynamic Shared Space Feasibility Study

[Updated: September 25, 2017]

We at the WNY Environmental Alliance are excited to announce that we have completed our dynamic shared space study! You can read the report here. Below is a sneak peek:

The Western New York Environmental Alliance (Alliance) commissioned this feasibility study to explore the interest and viability of a Center for Environmental Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The study began in December 2016 with a year of working group due diligence and engagement that informed the vision and development of the Request for Proposals. Though led by the Alliance, the process, which ended in June 2017, was intended to engage the broader non-profit, business, and social enterprise communities. The vision for the Center is to infuse sustainability into the front end of decision-making and economic development by creating a hub to connect organizations and businesses through shared office space and events, and connect residents to nature, outdoor recreation, and environmental education opportunities. To gauge the feasibility of such a development, the Alliance hired Fourth Economy to conduct best practice research, as well as a series of interviews and focus groups.

A special thank you goes out to Fourth Economy for collaborating with us and helping us define our vision.

Interested in learning more? Want to be part of a steering committee? Contact Antonina with an email, antonina.simeti@growwny.org

[Published: February 1, 2017]

The WNY Environmental Alliance recently hosted a webinar to introduce the concept of developing a dynamic shared space – an idea that we had hoped to introduce at our December meeting.

In short, we are currently beginning a process to explore if this is the right time for a collaborative space where organizations from both the public and private sector, with common goals, meet under one roof to cooperate, collaborate, catalyze, and share ideas to create a more sustainable tomorrow, while at the same time providing access to nature and social engagement. In other cities, shared spaces provide a venue and support to create impactful partnerships and programs. Our study process will look to answer questions, such as: What could this look like in Buffalo? Who might be involved? What value would it provide to users and the community at large? What programs and services would make it flourish?

If you missed the webinar, a recording can be found here: Recording of Shared Space Webinar on February 1, 2017.   A technical glitch delayed the start of the recording until a few slides into the presentation, so be sure to see the link to a PDF below.

Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation from the webinar.  Lake Effect Webinar

For those who were able to join, as well as those who are able to watch the recording, please take a moment to answer four questions to help us gauge initial interest and to provide some initial direction for our research. The survey can be found here: Shared Space Study Survey

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