Project Schedule and Status
Working Group Meetings: Monthly Working Group meetings began in May 2012. Working Groups meet in person and/or via teleconference and each group has a similar agenda, planning goals, and outcomes which will inform development of the Plan throughout the 8-month project period. Critical tasks to be accomplished by the Working Groups include: research and discussion of existing conditions, opportunities, and best practices relating to sustainability within and outside the region; generating and prioritizing sustainability goals; and recommending projects for incorporation within existing community budgets.
Data Collection and Analysis: Data was collected to support the development of a regional GHG inventory for the Western New York Region. State and local agencies, local energy suppliers, and businesses were contacted to help inform the analysis. The GHG Inventory analyzed direct and indirect energy combustion, transportation energy consumption, industrial processes, agricultural resources, waste and land use, land use changes and forestry. Following the data collection effort, the Project team forecasted the changes in annual emissions for the region, and the cost and GHG savings of recommended implementation strategies was calculated.
Public Meetings: Public input was solicited during two rounds of public meetings. The first round of meetings was held in July 2012 to seek public input on the sustainability goals drafted for each topic area. The second round of meetings was held in October 2012 to seek ideas for implementation projects that would achieve the sustainability goals for the region. The project team received valuable feedback at each of the four meetings and developed a comprehensive summary of the input received.
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Plan Development: The draft Western New York Sustainability Plan was developed using stakeholder input and data collected throughout the project planning phase. The Plan identifies the short-term and long-term sustainability goals for each topic area; includes an implementation strategy that describes how local stakeholders will collaborate; and provides a timetable for targeted milestones. Ultimately, the Plan will be used as a springboard for future funding requests to NYSERDA and other funding sources.