Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Executive Director, PUSH Buffalo

Ghirmatzion became Executive Director earlier this summer of the west side community organization dedicated on creating sustainable housing and a healthy environment. In addition to the her work with PUSH over the last five years, Ghirmatzion stands out with a personal story that people credit as fueling renewed life in the City of Good Neighbors. She and her family are one of the tens of thousands of residents who emigrated from another country and started a new life in Buffalo as refugees.


Katie O’Sullivan, Program Manager, Go Buffalo Niagara

Go Buffalo Niagara is a resource on shared and active mobility options sponsored by the New York State Department of Transportation in partnership with GObike Buffalo.  Katie will present an overview of the resources and tools offered by Go Buffalo Niagara that make it easier to choose transportation options that benefit your budget, health, community, and the environment. Join the discussion to boost your commute and learn about regional transportation initiatives.


Gerald Erion, PhD, Professor of Philosophy, Medaille College

Jerry Erion teaches philosophy at Medaille College in Buffalo. He and his students are developing a new, experimental philosophy course on cities using ideas expressed in Buffalo’s remarkable built environment. This presentation outlines Medaille’s new, experimental philosophy course on cities, sharing the story behind the course and select elements of interest.


Anthony James, Design Committee, Fillmore Forward

Fillmore Forward, in conjunction with Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services, has been awarded a State of New York Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Justice grant to establish a community garden and farmers market on Fillmore Avenue between Ferry and Northland. The two organizations are partnering with Grassroots Gardens to implement the community garden plan, and will be working with other non-profits in Buffalo to provide community education and training sessions. The additional partners include Urban Fruits and Veggies, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, Go Bike, and The Square Block Club.  This session will explain more about the project and invite neighborhood participation in the completed community garden.