Buffalo, NY 2011- All America City Finalist

Buffalo, NY 2011- All America City Finalist " All America City" Finalist Buffalo, NY

Finalists Named for 2011 All-America City Award- “City of Good Neighbors “among Finalists. Denver, Colorado--The National Civic League (NCL) today announced the finalists for the All-America City Awards, the annual competition for civic activists and community problem-solvers. The 2011 awards event will be June 15-17 in Kansas City, Missouri. “We’re very excited about this year’s participants, a very strong group of contenders with great civic projects to brag about,” said NCL President Gloria Rubio-Cortés. “These communities have tackled everything from tsunami preparedness to environmental sustainability, education, gang violence and economic development.” The list of 26 finalists includes large urban centers, midsized cities and smaller suburban and rural communities. Listed alphabetically by state are the 2011 finalists: Alaska: Kenai California: Downey, Dublin, Huntington Park, Torrance and Yucaipa Colorado: Lakewood Illinois: Belleville Indiana: South Bend Iowa: Marshalltown Kansas: Scott City Massachusetts: Dedham Michigan: Ann Arbor Mississippi: Tupelo Nebraska: Dakota County North Carolina: Eden and Fayetteville New York: Buffalo Ohio: Cincinnati Oregon: Lakeview and Seaside Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Texas: Fort Worth and Taylor Landing Utah: Cottonwood Heights Wisconsin: Beloit Immediately recognizable for the “stars and bars” shield logo found on water towers and city limits signs across the country, the award is given to ten winners each year for community-based problem solving, grassroots civic engagement and joint efforts on the part of the public, private and nonprofit sectors. To become a finalist, each participant completed an application describing three community projects to address local challenges. At least one community project must focus on the needs of young people. During the three-day competition, a delegation from each community will present its challenges and solutions to a jury of national experts from across the United States. The All-America City Award is an honor achieved by more than 600 neighborhoods, villages, towns, cities, counties, and regions across the country. Some have won the award multiple times. “People can’t believe the energy and spirit of this event until they experience it,” noted Hon. Sandra Freedman, who chairs the National Civic League Board of Directors. “It’s a unique combination of local pride and community innovation, and in these very tough times for localities, these communities give us hope and new ideas about how to do more with less.” Sprint Foundation is underwriter of this year’s All-America City Awards. Sponsors are: the Gay & Lesbian Fund For Colorado; Southwest Airlines (the official Airline of the All-America City Awards); the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Jossey Bass (an imprint of Wiley), which is celebrating the 100th year of the National Civic Review; the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation; J.E. Dunn Construction; LSC Transportation Consultants; the City of Gladstone, Missouri; the City of Barnstable, Massachusetts, and the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more about the award program and follow events leading up to the Kansas City event on our All-America City blog at www.allamericacityaward.com and the All-America City Awards page. NCL is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that strengthens democracy by increasing the capacity of our nation’s people to fully participate in and build healthy and prosperous communities across America. Find out more about the National Civic League at www.ncl.org. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following projects were included as part of the application for the All America City award by the the Wellness Institute: PROJECT ONE (Challenge #1) - B. The non-profit Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo is a social entrepreneurship agency that works collaboratively with inter-sector; inter disciplinary organizations and citizens to empower Buffalo to be a HEALTHY CITY. Using the broader definition of a “healthy city,” that encompasses the City’s Social, Environmental, Human and Economic capital the Institute has developed facilitation and strategic planning skills to create, participate in or influence a portfolio of initiatives that collectively address the City’s key issues. In the past three years the Institute has facilitated “Visioning” processes in the City’s Riverside, Flare and Black Rock communities and a city wide “Shared Vision” process targeting Childhood obesity. Through the process of developing the Vision statements the Institute has fostered the community’s look at their ‘current realities’ and crafting strategic plans to build their “healthy” community by networking with non-profits, city/county government, civic groups and private sector partners. Wellness Institute partnerships with Colleges ( i.e. Buffalo State; University at Buffalo and D’Youville) bring academic resources and interns into the mix of change. Over the years the Institute has impacted health in Buffalo’s youth, adult and older adults. A successful example of a City wide initiative touching all ages was the Institute’s advocacy creating a Buffalo Bicycle Pedestrian Commission in 2008. Policy change from this Commission included the passing of “Complete Streets” legislation which will have a lifetime impact on citizens of all ages, their health and the City’s sustainable environment. PROJECT TWO (Challenge #2 – May address sustainability issues) - B. People United for Sustainable Housing in Buffalo is focused on the rehabilitating of vacant and abandoned housing to improve the overall quality of communities around Buffalo. In order to do this PUSH captures government resources and uses government finance options as well as state and federal money to address vacant lots and abandoned housing. PUSH has partnerships with other community organizations such as the Massachusetts Avenue Project and the Butler Mitchell Boys and Girls Club and schools such as Buffalo Public School 30 to get youth involved in the vacant lots they purchase, which are turned into gardens. Youth from Buffalo Public School 30 lay out a garden and then during June they come and watch what they planted grow. MAP uses the vacant lots purchased by PUSH for their Growing Green program, which revolves around youth. Other projects by PUSH include the Net Zero/10 Winter Street demonstration project and the Massachusetts Avenue Development Plan. The Net Zero/10 Winter Street demonstration project is designed to show all the latest green building techniques under one house. The MAD Plan is a 2.1 million dollar project designed to make more housing units available on Massachusetts Avenue through gut rehabilitations. Both the Net Zero/10 Winter Street demonstration project and MAD Plan have been well received by the community in which they are being done according to Sean Ryan, the housing director of PUSH. PROJECT THREE (Benefit Youth and Children) - B. The Massachusetts Avenue Project’s top priority is providing alternatives to youth. This has been the top priority since MAP’s inception in 1992. MAP started to focus more on teenagers in 2002 when its leaders realized that there weren’t enough opportunities for teenagers in the community. Teenagers wanted jobs and since jobs were scare in the community they lived in, MAP created Growing Green in 2003. MAP employs and trains youth from the ages of 14-20 in Growing Green, which teaches them how to do sustainable food production methods and composting on MAP’s urban farm. Youth in Growing Green are the ones who structure and evaluate the program so they are more apt to work together and come up with solutions that will ultimately provide more affordable and healthy food to people in their community who are less fortunate. Through other areas of Growing Green such as the youth enterprise and the community outreach and education component, youth are actively learning how to run their own business and how policy work is done through the zoning ordinance meetings they are attending. MAP’s youth programs are funded in part by New York State, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Office of Children & Family Services with some local funding coming from Erie County.

Mission: Increase "social capital" in the Buffalo Niagara region of New York State. USA

NCDD Community News » National Civic Review 2020 Spring Edition is Now Available!
05/20/2020
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NCDD Community News » National Civic Review 2020 Spring Edition is Now Available!

NCDD member org, The National Civic League, announced the release of the 2020 Spring Edition of the National Civic Review. This esteemed quarterly journal offers insights and examples of civic engagement and deliberative governance from around the country. Friendly reminder that NCDD members receive...

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Explore Buffalo
04/06/2020

Explore Buffalo

Have you heard?! We've put together some neighborhood walking routes to enhance your daily/weekly walks.

On our website, you'll find walking routes for Elmwood Village Victorians, Hertel Avenue, & South Buffalo. These docs give you a route with stops and fun facts about where you are or what you're looking at. You can print them out or simply pull them up on your phone.

As you walk, feel free to tag us and share your experience or give yourself a digital break and just enjoy the outing!

We look forward to adding more routes on a regular basis and want to thank M&T Bank, Independent Health Foundation, Buffalo Spree magazine, and the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY for their support!

Check out the routes at https://explorebuffalo.org/walking-routes/

Urban Design 4 Health, Inc. | Physical Activity
04/05/2020
Urban Design 4 Health, Inc. | Physical Activity

Urban Design 4 Health, Inc. | Physical Activity

UD4H develops evidence & tools to support healthy, sustainable & energy secure transportation & land use decision making. © 2020 URBAN DESIGN 4 HEALTH, INC.

Living Better, Living Longer: Stress and anxiety in the time of Covid-19. A Harvard psychiatry professor weighs in.
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Living Better, Living Longer: Stress and anxiety in the time of Covid-19. A Harvard psychiatry professor weighs in.

Living Better, Living Longer: Stress and anxiety in the time of Covid-19. A Harvard psychiatry professor weighs in.

Dr. Greg L. Fricchione is the Mind Body Medical Institute Professor of Psychiatry at Mass General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Here he places in context the worries we all feel when an infectious disease like the coronavirus COVID-19 comes calling. You’ll be happy to know the stress you’...

03/13/2020

As part of our HEALTHY COMMUNITIES 2030! strategic initiative for our work during the next decade (our 4th as an advocate of the global Healthy Communities movement) we will again be hosting an Annual report to the Community media event Wednesday afternoon March 18th from 1 to 3PM at the WNED Studios in Downtown Buffalo NY The event will feature the reporting of the 10th Annual Robt Wood Johnson County health rankings and highlight multiple community activities to improve our community;s health status and quality of life! The event will be taped for sharing and live streamed!

Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY
02/07/2020

Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY

Stop by and see us if you're heading to the Buffalo Auto Show this weekend! 🚗

Our team will be here all weekend with lots of good stuff for you to check out. 🎉

You can find our "Wellness Lane" on the 1st floor across from our friends at Lincoln 🚘

11/29/2019
Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill (Live DNA)

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This montage of live performances of Solsbury Hill includes footage from Rockpalast (1978), Live in Athens (1987), Secret World Live (1993), Growing Up Live ...

Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY
11/27/2019

Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY

Did you know that our Founder Phil Haberstro also hosts a TV Show?

He currently hosts two shows: B-Well Buffalo & Healthy Communities produced at the Apollo Media Center, Buffalo, New York!

If you'd like to view any of the shows on a wide variety of wellness topics please visit our website below ↓ https://creatinghealthycommunities.org

Tonawanda Coke Study: Phil Haberstro
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Tonawanda Coke Study: Phil Haberstro

The University at Buffalo will unveil findings in their study on the soil impacted by Tonawanda Coke.

11/25/2019
Discover Elmwood,

Discover Elmwood,

A new series from WBBZ-TV looks at what the neighborhoods of Buffalo, have to offer in unique services and products.

11/25/2019
Discover Elmwood,

Discover Elmwood,

A new series from WBBZ-TV looks at what the neighborhoods of Buffalo, have to offer in unique services and products.

Children with special needs.
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Children with special needs.

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Kids with special needs are not weird or odd. They only want what everyone else wants. To be accepted. Share proudly on your wall to show...

09/22/2019

Full Week in the Healthy Communities movement With workshop Tuesday 3 PM at AARP event at Hyatt and Wellness walk following presentation and Saturday morning 9AM Walk from Buffalo Grand hotel preceding UPLIFT BUFFALO FESTIVAL 10 to 4PM all welcome!

09/14/2019
The Western New York Higher Education Health and Wellness Consortium

All welcome! and weather permitting we will walk Downtown after the presentation!

WNY WALKS! advocate and co founder PHIL HABERSTRO will be speaking Tuesday Sept 24th st 3 PM at the NYS AARP Summit at the Downtown Buffalo Hyatt Regency! Phil will be discussing the WNY WALKS initiative promoting regular physical activity and walkable communities -All are welcome!

09/08/2019
City of Buffalo, Division of Citizens Services

City of Buffalo, Division of Citizens Services

"The common thread that binds us is our desire to learn more about our city's resources and how to improve the quality of life in Buffalo and Western New York." Mayor Byron W. Brown

Check Out the New Mental Health Infographic from Healthy People 2020 - News & Events | Health.gov
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Check Out the New Mental Health Infographic from Healthy People 2020 - News & Events | Health.gov

Check Out the New Mental Health Infographic from Healthy People 2020 - News & Events | Health.gov

Each month, we release an infographic with the latest data related to a Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicator (LHI) topic. These infographics show progress toward Healthy People 2020 LHI targets — and show where there’s still work to be done. This month’s featured LHI topic is Mental He...

07/16/2019
The Western New York Higher Education Health and Wellness Consortium

The Western New York Higher Education Health and Wellness Consortium

WNY WALKS! had a successful Summit this past June - Thank You to our Steering team members and Wellness Institute staff , sponsors Imagine Buffalo ; 21st Century Park and Partners for a Livable WNY,and the hospitality of the Buffalo Grand Hotel -- the input from the 60 persons who attended will result in our Strategic plan to be released this September- A special note of appreciation to our keynotes Dr Ian Thomas of America Walks and Amanda O"Rourke of 8 -80 Cities--

07/05/2019

walking can be a pathway to mindfulness! PLH

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C/O Wellness Institute Of Greater; Buffalo 65 Niagara Square
Buffalo, NY
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