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"When sustainabilty is framed in a different way that connects with peoples' core needs and values, it unleashes empowerment." 

In CoRE Sustainability from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 19, Tyra Johnson, Founder and President or Blue Sky Design Supply and Alexandra McPherson, Founder and Principal of Niagara Share, present a new sustainability program in Buffalo, the Collaboratory for the Regenerative Economy (CoRE). The CoRE initiative is a research and education partnership led by the University at Buffalo Department of Materials Design and Innovation, in partnership with Clean Production Action and Niagara Share, that brings together complementary expertise – in research, market analysis, policy formulation, and social innovation -- to support the transition towards a safer materials economy.

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Buffalo’s Renewable Energy Future

BY DEREK NICHOLS
@ VOL 19 ON MAR 14, 2018

“How do we change the way we design our cities’ energy systems?”

In Buffalo’s Renewable Energy Future from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 19, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator for the University at Buffalo (UB), Derek Nichols, describes a renewable energy initiative aiming to invest in the Buffalo, New York region while reducing energy costs for some of Buffalo’s largest institutions. This initiative is not just about the creation of power, but also empowering a new cohort of change agents through curriculum development and community engagement.  

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Our Outer Harbor

BY JAY BURNEY
@ VOL 19 ON MAR 14, 2018

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

In Our Outer Harbor from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 19, writer, naturalist, and environmental activist, Jay Burney, recalls the activism of Margaret Mead to remind us we have the power to advocate for public lands and sustainable development. Buffalo's Outer Harbor has been used, abused, targeted, developed, abandoned, and targeted again. Legacy contamination remains. Burney and the Our Outer Harbor advocacy group are on the front lines resisting the privatization of public land through protests, workshops, public meetings and hearings, media production, and community engagement.

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The Case for Transit

BY DOUGLAS FUNKE
@ VOL 19 ON MAR 14, 2018

"It was a streetcar network that reached into all the nooks and crannies of Buffalo."

In The Case for Transit from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 19, President of Citizens for Regional Transit (CRT) in Buffalo, NY, Doug Funke, recalls the days of efficient streetcar transportation in Buffalo, New York and advocates for improving the current public transportation challenges in the Buffalo Niagara region. The 1950's and 1960's saw a decline in public transport and a car-focused lifestyle with pockets of transit isolation. Funke and the CRT advocate for a return to a more climate-friendly and sustainable approach to public transportation. 

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Champions for Change

BY ELIZABETH A. WALSH, PHD
@ VOL 19 ON MAR 14, 2018

"It takes a village."

Sometimes rules are meant to be broken. We abandoned the rule book for this free-form, "20x20 ish" team presentation, Champions for Change, at PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 19Elizabeth Walsh, Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, shared her mic with a team of members of the Champion for Change program. Champions for Change (an initiative of One Region Forward in Buffalo) is a community innovation laboratory that integrates university and community resources to ignite bright ideas and inspired leadership for a flourishing region. In this celebration of community change-makers, one presenter even broke out into song. We guarantee this will make you smile!

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Community Building in the Sky

BY DALE MIKKELSEN
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 06, 2018

Dale Mikkelsen has dedicated his career to the pursuit of sustainable community planning, focusing on energy efficiency, material conservation, healthy environments and community building. 

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Climate Change & Environmental Sustainability: Armenia's Challenges and Opportunities

BY IRINA GHAPLANYAN
@ VOL 26 ON SEP 28, 2018

Irina Ghaplanyan discusses Climate Change & Environmental Sustainability: Armenia's Challenges and Opportunities.

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A Sustainable Mindset: How to Make it Waste-free?

BY AIGUL SAFIULLINA
@ VOL 28 ON MAR 01, 2019

Aigul Safiullina, a certified Climate Reality Leader and co-founder of Zero Waste Life, shares her idea of how people can reconnect back to the Earth and protect the nature in a sustainable way bey clearing up their own minds. 

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Ideas for a More Sustainable Central Minnesota

BY GRANT FORSYTHE
@ VOL 3 ON NOV 14, 2018

Grant Forsythe interest in sustainability began with an early appreciation for nature, an interest in clean, healthy foods, and an ever-present inkling that our present culture has much room for improving the connections we develop with the environment and each other. At the age of 20, he began traveling with the purpose of exploring alternative ways of living and learning from a variety of people with a shared interest in ecologically healthy lifestyles. He is excited to share some of the resulting insights and ideas from this pursuit. He's be sharing with us his talk "Ideas for a More Sustainable Central Minnesota."