Goal: Steward significant environmental resources in the context of climate resilience 

Our region has a wealth of natural assets, including the rich ecosystems shaped by our proximity to two Great Lakes, and a system of inspiring public green spaces. Approximately 20 percent of the world’s fresh water flows through our region. Water is a valuable and important resource to creating a healthy and vibrant community. We must ensure that is it not only clean but that all residents are able to access, and enjoy, our waterways.

The Community Foundation recognizes how critical it is to protect and enhance our environment and has taken a leadership role in bringing together organizations committed to safeguarding and creating access to these natural resources.

Supporting Community Initiatives

Click on the following Community Foundation initiatives to learn how they are committed to preserving and restoring Western New York’s environmental resources.

Western New York Environmental Alliance

Convened by the Community Foundation, the Western New York Environmental Alliance is now an independent, member-run coalition of more than 80 organizations working to protect and steward our environment and natural resources.

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Great Lakes One Water Partnership

This initiative focuses on engaging shoreline community foundations to advance a new era of water management.

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Water Equity Taskforce

The Water Equity Taskforce is a national learning exchange that ensures that all people have access to safe, reliable and affordable water.

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Get Ahead of Lead

This collaborative initiative aims to end lead poisoning, which can permanently reduce a child's ability to learn.

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