Building the Blue Economy: Opportunities for Community-Based Organizations in Stormwater Management

Organizational Author People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), The Partnership for the Public Good
Resource Author Sam Magavern, Tina Meyers, Jen Kaminsky, Sarah Maurer
Date Published 11/9/2022
Resource Type Publication
Tags Sea Level Rise & Flooding, Sustainable Buildings

Resource Summary

Using Buffalo, New York as a primary case study, this report explores both the challenges and winning strategies for advocating for neighborhood-level green infrastructure solutions. It focuses on a project called “PUSH Blue,” supported by the non-profit People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo, to implement stormwater management intervention in Buffalo’s West Side. Especially for low-income communities, such projects can yield strong intersecting benefits for sustainability, neighborhood redevelopment, and job creation. While not explicitly oriented toward climate adaptation, this report outlines relevant methods to achieve community-based green infrastructure (“blue economy”) projects to manage stormwater.

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