About the Climate Action Plan

One Region for Climate Action (1RF CA) is a regional planning initiative focused on identifying actionable steps Buffalo Niagara (Erie and Niagara counties) can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The initiative was launched in November 2023 through a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) program and is supporting various planning activities through 2027. This multi-year program will build on existing planning, promote collaboration, and prepare the region to take action on the climate challenges of today and tomorrow.

Phase 1: Priority Climate Action Plan

 

WHAT NEAR TERM CLIMATE MITIGATION ACTIONS DOES THE REGION NEED TO TAKE?

This Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) represents the first deliverable of One Region for Climate Action. It outlines a baseline of the causes of greenhouse gas emissions from the region, describes key issues and priorities to ensure regional climate action addresses the needs of disadvantaged and underrepresented communities, and identifies priority measures the region can take between now and 2030 to advance regional, state, and federal goals for climate mitigation.

The plan was developed over a fourmonth period (November 2023 – February 2024) and was informed by guidance from the One Region Forward Implementation Council, the One Region for Climate Action (1RF CA) Climate Justice Working Group, 11 listening sessions with key municipal and nonprofit partners, and 39 project concepts submitted as part of a sixweek call for projects. It also builds heavily on other regional and local climate action plans or initiatives, including the recently completed Erie County Climate Community Climate Action Plan (2023).

Phase 2: Comprehensive Climate Action Plan

WHAT CLIMATE ACTIONS DO WE NEED TO SET IN MOTION FOR THE NEXT 25 YEARS?

Throughout 2024 and 2025, a Comprehensive Climate Action Plan will be developed that builds off the PCAP and engages stakeholders and community members from across the two-county region. This plan will take a longer trajectory – looking out over the next few decades – and will identify the big climate actions Buffalo Niagara needs to take. This plan will also include an updated regional Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory, estimates of GHG impact of proposed reduction measures, an analysis of community benefits and workforce opportunities associated with climate action implementation, and regional targets for GHG reduction.

This plan will expand on the work of the Priority Climate Action Plan, while also integrating and expanding on the work of Erie County’s Community Climate Action Plan as well as other local climate action initiatives.

Phase 3: Progress Report and Implementation Tools

HOW DO WE PREPARE THE REGION TO IMPLEMENT THE WORK WE SET OUT TO DO?

With an aim toward advancing projects and initiatives, the final two years of this imitative will focus on evaluating progress and creating tools and resources that can help sustain local implementation and regional collaboration to reduce climate emissions over the long haul.

One Region for Climate Action Plans and Reports

Priority Climate Action Plan

Priority Climate Action Plan

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