Erie County Department of Environment and Planning

Erie County Department of Environment and Planning The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning provides direct services and staff assistance for physical, community and economic development planning and implementation.

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Our Spokesgnome, Frederick Lawn Gnomested was asked to perform at the Borderlands Music Festival, but he’s happy just to...
09/18/2021

Our Spokesgnome, Frederick Lawn Gnomested was asked to perform at the Borderlands Music Festival, but he’s happy just to spread the word about Healthy Lawns! Stop by and get your photo with him!

Our Spokesgnome, Frederick Lawn Gnomested was asked to perform at the Borderlands Music Festival, but he’s happy just to spread the word about Healthy Lawns! Stop by and get your photo with him!

Our very own spokesgnome, Frederick Lawn Gnomested, will be at the Borderland Music Festival this weekend. You can see h...
09/17/2021

Our very own spokesgnome, Frederick Lawn Gnomested, will be at the Borderland Music Festival this weekend. You can see he’s already a VIP! Stop by the non-profit village, find out about our Healthy Lawn program and get your photo taken with Freddie!

Our very own spokesgnome, Frederick Lawn Gnomested, will be at the Borderland Music Festival this weekend. You can see he’s already a VIP! Stop by the non-profit village, find out about our Healthy Lawn program and get your photo taken with Freddie!

Timeline Photos
09/16/2021

Timeline Photos

Which action items in our Local Food Action Plan should be prioritized? What suggestions do YOU have to improve our local food system?

Help us implement our Plan by taking a short survey at erie.gov/foodsurvey.

Agricultural Districts OPEN ENROLLMENT continues until September 30. Enroll online at erie.gov/agenrollment.
09/14/2021

Agricultural Districts OPEN ENROLLMENT continues until September 30.
Enroll online at erie.gov/agenrollment.

Agricultural Districts OPEN ENROLLMENT continues until September 30.
Enroll online at erie.gov/agenrollment.

Projects Announced!What environmental improvements do you want for the  Tonawanda Community? Residents ages 16 and up li...
09/09/2021

Projects Announced!
What environmental improvements do you want for the Tonawanda Community? Residents ages 16 and up living in the Town of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda, North Tonawanda, Village of Kenmore, Grand Island and Buffalo’s Riverside neighborhood are eligible to cast a ballot starting September 20. Read about the projects and learn more at TonawandaFund.org.

Projects Announced!
What environmental improvements do you want for the Tonawanda Community? Residents ages 16 and up living in the Town of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda, North Tonawanda, Village of Kenmore, Grand Island and Buffalo’s Riverside neighborhood are eligible to cast a ballot starting September 20. Read about the projects and learn more at TonawandaFund.org.

09/02/2021

Join NFTA Metro Bus & Rail for a virtual scoping meeting on the NFTA Transit Expansion Project, Wednesday September 15 at 1-2:30pm or 6:30-8pm. Register: bit.ly/nfta09151

Registration is now open for the October 9th Household Hazardous Waste Collection in the city of Buffalo.  Registration ...
09/01/2021

Registration is now open for the October 9th Household Hazardous Waste Collection in the city of Buffalo. Registration is required at www.erie.gov/recycling Click on Household Hazardous Waste.

Registration is now open for the October 9th Household Hazardous Waste Collection in the city of Buffalo. Registration is required at www.erie.gov/recycling Click on Household Hazardous Waste.

09/01/2021
www.wnysustainablebusiness.org

The Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable (SBR) is a collaborative of public and private sector organizations working together to demonstrate how WNY businesses can take a lead in integrating sustainability into their operations to benefit staff, the environment, and their bottom line.

They are looking for its new Executive Director!

The Executive Director for the Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable is responsible for conducting the day-to-day business of the organization, advancing the strategic plan and achieving the vision of the Board of Directors who provide extensive volunteer service to the organization. As the sole professional staff member of a small non-profit with a growing membership base and increased regional interest, the selected candidate has a unique opportunity to grow both capacity and impact of WNYSBR. For the full job description please click here: https://www.wnysustainablebusiness.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/WNY-SBR-Executive-Director-Position-Description.pdf.

National Grid Incentive:  For a limited time, you may be eligible for an additional 30% off of a new, environmentally-fr...
08/26/2021
Services & Rebates

National Grid Incentive:
For a limited time, you may be eligible for an additional 30% off of a new, environmentally-friendly ground source heat pump. If you are building a new home, now is a great time to take advantage of this incentive and federal tax credits.
Customers who have installed a ground source heat pump have saved an average of $7,000 with rebates.* This increased incentive means you could be saving even more—up to 30% more from September1 through November 30, 2021.
https://www.nationalgridus.com/Services-Rebates.aspx?r=10&page=1&customerType=For+Homeowners&locations=Upstate+New+York&fuelType=Electric&interestedIn=Heating%2CCooling&utm_source=Questline&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=&utm_content=Rebates%7Ceblast%7CRebates%7Cenhancedrebates&utm_campaign=Resi%7CHC%7CRebates%7CUNY%7CElectric%7CAll%7C99003%7C2021-08-25

Visit Erie Grown at erie.gov/eriegrown to find a farmer near you with local and in-season collard greens and so much mor...
08/23/2021

Visit Erie Grown at erie.gov/eriegrown to find a farmer near you with local and in-season collard greens and so much more!

When you visit, make sure to note the date and take a picture for your Erie Grown Passport. If you haven't enrolled yet, there's still time! Sign up at erie.gov/eriegrownpassport.

Join us at Red Jacket Park on Tuesday, August 24th at 5:30pm to learn about the future of the park, the Buffalo River, a...
08/19/2021

Join us at Red Jacket Park on Tuesday, August 24th at 5:30pm to learn about the future of the park, the Buffalo River, and stewardship!

Join us at Red Jacket Park on Tuesday, August 24th at 5:30pm to learn about the future of the park, the Buffalo River, and stewardship!

Come on down to the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library and get your photo with Frederick Lawn Gnomested!
08/05/2021

Come on down to the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library and get your photo with Frederick Lawn Gnomested!

Come on down to the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library and get your photo with Frederick Lawn Gnomested!

Hope you can join us today!
08/05/2021

Hope you can join us today!

Reminder, our spokesgnome, Frederick Lawn Gnomested is featured tomorrow at the main Buffalo and Erie County Public Library! Details below:

Attn:  restaurants, supermarkets, caterers and event planners!Every day, businesses throw away thousands of pounds of fo...
08/04/2021

Attn: restaurants, supermarkets, caterers and event planners!
Every day, businesses throw away thousands of pounds of food.
Much of this food could instead feed hungry people, while at the same time reducing waste disposal costs and providing tax benefits for businesses donating food. This represents an opportunity for businesses and institutions to implement donation programs that redirect edible items to benefit society, build customer loyalty, and improve the environment. With New York State’s Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Law taking effect January 1. Register here:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlcemprjgjH9ywLeG4xI2y3NnaZDJ8X0Px

Attn: restaurants, supermarkets, caterers and event planners!
Every day, businesses throw away thousands of pounds of food.
Much of this food could instead feed hungry people, while at the same time reducing waste disposal costs and providing tax benefits for businesses donating food. This represents an opportunity for businesses and institutions to implement donation programs that redirect edible items to benefit society, build customer loyalty, and improve the environment. With New York State’s Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Law taking effect January 1. Register here:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlcemprjgjH9ywLeG4xI2y3NnaZDJ8X0Px

Reminder, our spokesgnome, Frederick Lawn Gnomested is featured tomorrow at the main Buffalo and Erie County Public Libr...
08/04/2021

Reminder, our spokesgnome, Frederick Lawn Gnomested is featured tomorrow at the main Buffalo and Erie County Public Library! Details below:

Reminder, our spokesgnome, Frederick Lawn Gnomested is featured tomorrow at the main Buffalo and Erie County Public Library! Details below:

Looking for a good reason to cut back on meat consumption:
08/04/2021

Looking for a good reason to cut back on meat consumption:

Looking for a good reason to cut back on meat consumption:

The Erie County Arts & Cultural Advisory Board (EACAB) actively recruits community-minded individuals to serve on the Bo...
08/03/2021
Board Members Sought | Cultural

The Erie County Arts & Cultural Advisory Board (EACAB) actively recruits community-minded individuals to serve on the Board.

The ideal applicant resides in Erie County, desires to support the well-being of the arts and cultural sector, and has professional experience in fields such as accounting, finance/banking, education, arts and culture, law, workforce development, tourism, strategic planning, philanthropy or nonprofit management.

Please visit https://www3.erie.gov/cultural/press/board-members-sought for more information!

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 12:00pm Erie County's award-winning Cultural Funding Program provides support to the nonprofit cultural sector. The Erie County Arts & Cultural Advisory Board (EACAB) actively recruits community-minded individuals to serve on the Board. The ideal applicant resides in Eri...

Thanks Buffalo Recycles for sharing!
08/02/2021

Thanks Buffalo Recycles for sharing!

Once you Know Before You Throw, the next step to recycle right is to properly prep those items before placing them in the recycling tote.

Learn more at https://recyclerightny.org/how-to-recycle-right.

Keep recyclables loose in your tote, not in a plastic bag, and put a lid on recycling totes to keep items dry and from blowing away on stormy days.

#recyclerightny #properprepper

Our gnome has traveled to the front page of the local section of today’s Buffalo News! To hear more about Frederick Lawn...
07/31/2021

Our gnome has traveled to the front page of the local section of today’s Buffalo News! To hear more about Frederick Lawn Gnomested, check out this video, also from the Buffalo News:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2N1hCEM3yY

Our gnome has traveled to the front page of the local section of today’s Buffalo News! To hear more about Frederick Lawn Gnomested, check out this video, also from the Buffalo News:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2N1hCEM3yY

Timeline Photos
07/28/2021

Timeline Photos

Arts Services, Inc (ASI) is in the midst of a strategic planning process and we ask that you help us expand our view of needs by completing a quick survey to hear your thoughts. It should only take 5-10 minutes to complete.

You may be connected to ASI in more than one way (both work for an arts organization and a practicing artist yourself, for example). You will choose one of those roles when you complete the survey and then you are welcome to return to complete it from another perspective/role. (There are some different questions for different roles.)

This survey is anonymous. We will be looking for themes to respond to in our future planning to set our programs, services, and offerings to the field.

Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ASIsurvey

Thank you for considering our invitation to participate and laying the frame work for our future services for you. If you can complete this by the end of the month, that would help our staff and board discussions over the summer!

Sincerely,

Jen & Team ASI

*Team photo from the 8th Annual Spark Awards by Alana Adetola Arts Photography LLC

Great way to not waste and save some money!
07/28/2021

Great way to not waste and save some money!

Great way to not waste and save some money!

Newly named Frederick Lawn Gnomested is getting ready to meet and reward the three winners of the ‘Name the Gnome’ conte...
07/26/2021

Newly named Frederick Lawn Gnomested is getting ready to meet and reward the three winners of the ‘Name the Gnome’ contest. Stay tuned for photos!!

Newly named Frederick Lawn Gnomested is getting ready to meet and reward the three winners of the ‘Name the Gnome’ contest. Stay tuned for photos!!

Just bring a bag with you! Yes, paper is recyclable, but it still uses resources.
07/25/2021

Just bring a bag with you! Yes, paper is recyclable, but it still uses resources.

Just bring a bag with you! Yes, paper is recyclable, but it still uses resources.

The gnome is on the move! Mark your calendar-
07/22/2021

The gnome is on the move! Mark your calendar-

Roaming Gnome Festival
Join us On Thursday August 5th from 10am to 2pm at the Central Library Reading Park (1 Lafayette Square) for free family fun. Get your picture taken with Frederick Lawn Gnomested, play games, make crafts and have fun! Also featuring local author John Zach and his book “The Day the Buffalo River Burned”.

Brought to you by the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning & Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Our gnome officially has a name!  And not only is it a GREAT name, but it was submitted by three different people, so th...
07/22/2021

Our gnome officially has a name! And not only is it a GREAT name, but it was submitted by three different people, so there are three winners of the contest (keep watch as we'll be posting more photos!!). Ready??
Who else would be better than to promote healthy, pesticide-free lawns than Frederick Lawn Gnomested! You can also follow him on Instagram: freddiethegnome

Our gnome officially has a name! And not only is it a GREAT name, but it was submitted by three different people, so there are three winners of the contest (keep watch as we'll be posting more photos!!). Ready??
Who else would be better than to promote healthy, pesticide-free lawns than Frederick Lawn Gnomested! You can also follow him on Instagram: freddiethegnome

The Town of Amherst will hold an IN-PERSON public hearing on Monday, July 26 at 3:00 pm at Town Hall to receive comments...
07/21/2021

The Town of Amherst will hold an IN-PERSON public hearing on Monday, July 26 at 3:00 pm at Town Hall to receive comments on its Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. This plan will influence agricultural policymaking in the Town for years to come, and this is your chance to weigh in! Comments will be taken in person at the meeting, or via written correspondence to the Town Board.

The Town of Amherst will hold an IN-PERSON public hearing on Monday, July 26 at 3:00 pm at Town Hall to receive comments on its Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. This plan will influence agricultural policymaking in the Town for years to come, and this is your chance to weigh in! Comments will be taken in person at the meeting, or via written correspondence to the Town Board.

Thanks Buffalo Recycles!
07/14/2021

Thanks Buffalo Recycles!

Looking for easy ways to reduce single-use plastics in your day-to-day life?

Try creating a reusable food kit to keep in a backpack or the trunk of your vehicle for when you dine out. Your kit could include reusable utensils, straws, food storage containers, and cloth napkins, all neatly packed in a reusable bag.

For more tips on how to reduce plastic waste, visit https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/ and take the Plastic Free July Challenge! #RecycleRightNY #PlasticFreeJuly #Reuse

Our pesticide-free lawns gnome is on the move again and will be joining some of his friends during the Grand Island Gard...
07/08/2021

Our pesticide-free lawns gnome is on the move again and will be joining some of his friends during the Grand Island Garden Walk this Sunday(7/11). He’ll be part of a mysterious gnome village at The Historic Alt Farm at 2489 Whitehaven Road. You won’t want to miss it!

Photos from Recycle Right New York's post
07/07/2021

Photos from Recycle Right New York's post

Photos from Let's Goat Buffalo's post
07/06/2021

Photos from Let's Goat Buffalo's post

Address

95 Franklin St
Buffalo, NY
14202

General information

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning provides direct services and staff assistance for physical, community and economic development planning and implementation to other County government departments, local governments, the general public and private sector for-profit and non-profit organizations. Within the Department, the Divisions of Planning, Environmental Compliance and Sewerage Management and the Office of Economic Development provide planning, community development, economic development, tourism, arts, culture and heritage promotion, geographic information services, environmental and wastewater treatment services. The Department fulfills responsibilities and statutory mandates found in New York State laws, rules and regulations and the Erie County Charter and Code.

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

Telephone

(716) 858-8390

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