Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Restoring & Preserving our Environment

The health and enhancement of our region’s natural assets is crucial to the revitalization of this area and to the well-being of its residents. Our region, like many others, faces a wide range of challenges in protecting and restoring its natural environment—and historically, few philanthropic resources have been devoted to address these needs.

To fill this void and provide leadership along with targeted resources to the region’s environmental movement, the Community Foundation led a comprehensive community planning process to create a road map for collective action that would lead to environmental change in our region. It included feedback collected from three community congresses consisting of more than 150 environmental organizations, nonprofits, government agencies and interested community members and led to a Shared Agenda for Action.

To fulfill the Shared Agenda for Action, the Community Foundation convened the Western New York Environmental Alliance (WNYEA). Today, the WNYEA is an independent, member-run coalition of more than 100 member organizations, affiliates and supporters. This coalition works to mobilize change through collective action and collaboration, in order to ensure sustainable, thriving ecosystems and communities in Western New York.

The WNYEA uses, a website created with support from the Community Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the New York State Department of State Division of Coastal Resources, to foster an open and robust conversation around our region’s environment.

The Community Foundation supports the WNYEA as it transitions to a self-sustaining entity, which continues to unite the environmental community’s voice to drive public policy. To learn more about the WNYEA, visit its website at The conversations hosted on the WNYEA’s website,, are open and accessible for anyone to contribute, so please note that all opinions expressed and content shared belong to the author alone and they do not represent the views of the Community Foundation.

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