Sustainability can be applied to economic, social and environmental aspects of life. Here at the Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement , we view sustainability as a crucial element of flourishing communities. Not only does sustainability create the conditions necessary for humans to exist with our natural environment, it also works proactively to meet the needs of future generations. By using what is readily available, we can reduce our global footprint while creating a lasting, positive existence!
Below you will find some fantastic sustainability resources:
- LocalHarvest: With the explosive growth of pesticides and genetically modified organisms, those who are looking for food grown local, ethically and safely are often unsure where they can go to nourish their bodies. Use this website to find farmer's markets, family farms with grass-fed meats, CSAs with organic produce and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area.
- Freecycle: Everyday our landfills become overwhelmed by good stuff! Think you might have something of value to someone else, or need something but short on cash? Check out Freecycle! Type in your website, and look for people who are giving away and getting stuff, completely for free.
- Lion's Club Eye Glasses: Have you outgrown a prescription pair of glasses? Don't throw them out! You can play a part in changing a life! The Lion's Club Recycle for Sight Program can distribute them to someone in need developing countries. Check out this site to learn more.
- Locust Street Art (Eastside of Buffalo): For over 50 years, Molly of the Locust Street Art Studio has provided local children, teenagers and adults with free art classes. Here, students learn more than just how to hold a paintbrush or throw a clay pot. Locust Street students gain crucial life skills in teamwork, communication, values, and responsibility. As a result, their confidence grows, and their ability to someday give back to their community increases.
- Massachusetts Avenue Project (Westside of Buffalo): As a catalyst for the growth of urban farming in Buffalo, MAP works to provide the community with local, ethically grown food at an affordable price. It also works to enrich the lives of Buffalonians by engaging local community members in social and environmental policy development.