In late 2015, on the heels of the largest climate march in U.S. history and following destructive extreme weather events in New York that included superstorm Sandy and hurricane Irene, dozens of grassroots environmental, environmental justice, labor, and social justice organizations joined together to launch a statewide climate justice coalition, NY Renews, to advance a progressive just transition policy agenda targeted at Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.
Crossroads Collective, a local just transition collective based in Buffalo with members cross-affiliated with the NY Renews coalition, launched a localized version of the NY Renews policy campaign in late fall 2017 called 100% Buffalo. The 100% Buffalo campaign seeks to apply pressure on the Mayor, the Common Council, and investor-owned utility corporations to win specific policy and programmatic commitments around climate justice and energy democracy in Buffalo and WNY. The goals of the 100% Buffalo campaign include:
1) The City of Buffalo should create an Office of Sustainability and accompanying Community Advisory Board with majority representation from environmental justice and frontline communities;
2) The City of Buffalo should commit to generating 100% of the energy used in municipal buildings from renewable energy sources by 2022, and community-wide by 2030;
3) The City of Buffalo should legislate equitable job standards that apply to all publicly funded climate and clean energy investments. These standards should include local, targeted, and first source hiring, and goals around Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) utilization.