Enhance and Leverage Significant Natural Resources
Our region has a wealth of natural assets, including the rich ecosystems shaped by our proximity to two Great Lakes, and a system of public green spaces that dates back to the region’s economic boom. Our region, like many others, also faces a wide range of challenges in protecting and restoring the quality of the air, water, land, flora and fauna which is vital for a healthy environment for residents.
The protection and enhancement of these natural and built assets are crucial to the revitalization of the area, yet relatively few philanthropic resources are devoted to their preservation. The Community Foundation sees an opportunity to play a leadership role on issues related to the environment by convening groups and shepherding resources to support local environmental assets.
Why it Matters:
- Despite the community’s connection and interest in our natural and built assets, many local citizens are not engaged in the care of the region’s most valuable treasures
- The Great Lakes contain 20% of the world’s total fresh water supply. It is vital to the quality of life of more than 40 million people – 10% of Americans and 30% of Canadians
- Buffalo’s urban areas have the least amount of green space per resident in the region. Less than 1% of the city’s land use is dedicated to parks or open spaces