Local groups receive grants to address environmental, health concerns

illustration of plants catching rainfall
Illustration by Connie Oswald Stofko

Three Western New York community-based organizations received grants from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Environmental Justice to support projects that address environmental and public health concerns.

The local groups and their projects are:

North Tonawanda Botanical Garden Organization Incorporated


North Tonawanda Sustainable Community Project

To educate and engage middle and high school students in preserving water quality through living/green infrastructure and best practices to foster environmental sustainability and biodiversity in the City of North Tonawanda.

Buffalo Neighborhood Stabilization Co


Renewing Community Trust and Green Spaces to Prevent Stormwater Runoff in Buffalo’s African-American Heritage Corridor

To 1) improve stormwater management in the city using green infrastructure; 2) improve community knowledge of environmental risks, and 3) improve community knowledge and participation in the use of rain gardens for stormwater management.

Groundwork Buffalo, Inc.


Green Team Education, Fruit Belt Restoration Program Groundwork

Buffalo will enlist a group of teens and young adults between the ages of 14-24 to help plant, harvest, upkeep and deliver fresh produce to the residents of the East Side of Buffalo.

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