Partnering with Buffalo Sewer, Arcadis and PUSH Buffalo, UBRI is producing reports, online tools, and outreach materials for Rain Check—the City of Buffalo’s green infrastructure program.
Officially launched in 2015, Rain Check aims to protect and restore the health of Buffalo’s waterways by addressing today’s most pressing water-related challenge—stormwater. UBRI steered the production of a benchmark report on the City’s first generation of green infrastructure—Rain Check 1.0. This report describes the City’s stormwater challenge, the unique role green infrastructure plays in addressing it, what has been done so far, and how the City will take green infrastructure to the next level.
As Buffalo Sewer begins to scale up their work, by building more partnerships with local residents, businesses, governments, and others, UBRI is developing support materials for communications, public outreach and stakeholder engagement, along with a program website. These tools will be instrumental to Buffalo Sewer as they explore green infrastructure opportunities across the City, and hone their strategy for Rain Check 2.0—the next generation of green infrastructure in Buffalo.