People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) is getting into the composting business. The fair housing advocacy group’s green arm, called PUSH Blue, is moving forward with the compost and native plant initiative, at a time when Buffalo is starting to take these sorts of sustainable responsibilities seriously. This newest green measure is being called Let’s Gro Buffalo.
Already, Let’s Gro Buffalo is capitalizing on a strong relationship with the Lexington Co-op. The composting facility, located at Silo City, is processing the co-op’s organic waste, which it will then turn around to sell. Some of the compost will also be utilized by the PUSH greenhouse – a system that propagates and grows native plants. Many of those plants are sold to Urban Roots, while the compost is being sold at the Lexington Co-op.
As the operation grows, Let’s Gro Buffalo will be able to handle increased demand for its compost, and is already establishing additional relationships with local organizations. PUSH Blue’s ongoing sustainability efforts, including its stormwater management projects, will reap the rewards from this newly established composting effort.
Later today, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at 5pm, PUSH will be hosting a Let’s Gro Buffalo unveiling at Silo City. In attendance will be Maris Grundy – PUSH Blue’s Sustainable Landscaping Project Manager, and Josh Smith – PUSH Blue’s Landscape Manager. Guest speakers will talk about the initiative, and members of the Lexington Co-op will be on-hand to discuss the beneficial relationship. The gathering will include community residents, as well as programming such as nature hikes, compost demonstrations, live music and family activities.
Image: The Solutions Project – PUSH Buffalo