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Buffalo is Greener than ever…

Buffalo is growing in a lot of directions these days. One of those directions is green. When it comes to being green, there have been numerous advancements, including implementing the Green Machine, vertical gardening, urban gardening, wind power, bike lanes, maintained meadows, river dredging, recycling measures… the list goes on and on. We might not be the greenest city around, but we sure are trying these days.

Buffalo’s Green Code joins Denver and Miami as one of three major cities to have incorporate this forward-looking form of zoning.

One of the driving policies behind the newly adopted Green Code is to ensure that as this city is rebuilt, it is done so with green sensibilities in mind. The zoning ordinance passed Common Council in December of 2017, thankfully replacing the previous code, which had not been updated since 1953.

This code, a shared vision, brings uniformity, clarity and simplicity to zoning and land planning for the city’s 94,000 parcels in 24 neighborhoods, districts, corridors and waterfronts.

Now it’s time to celebrate the accomplishment.

On March 23, 2017, Assemblyman Sean Ryan and Councilman David Rivera will be co-hosting a party for the Green Code at Rich’s atrium on Niagara Street from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.

This party is co-hosted by many local organizations including the Our Outer Harbor Campaign, GreenWorks Buffalo Niagara*, Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Partnership for the Public Good, Friends of Times Beach, Western New York Environmental Alliance, League of Women Voters, Park for the 21st Century and so many others.

Scholarships are available. For more information on scholarships, contact Nicole Matteson at

Green Drinks party for the Green Code

When: Thursday, March 23, 2017

When: 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Where: 1 Robert Rich Way Buffalo, NY 14213

RSVP: Tickets are $10 at the door

Ticket sales will go toward event expenses of venue rental, food and drinks

The first 50 people to buy tickets get a free drink ticket

Snacks will be provided

*Greenworks || Buffalo Niagara is a community organization dedicated to fostering the growth and development of local green businesses and green business practices, by connecting like-minded companies and individuals with one another and the resources they need to succeed.

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