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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > April 2014 > Mayor Brown To Receive Recognition By The EPA

Mayor Brown To Receive Recognition By The EPA

The EPA Environmental Quality Award will be formally presented to Mayor Brown during a ceremony scheduled for April 23rd at the EPA Regional Headquarters in New York City

April 23, 2014 -  As Earth Day 2014 activities continue this week across Buffalo and the world, Mayor Byron W. Brown, along with Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) General Manager David Comerford and BSA Green Program Director Julie Barrett-O’Neill,  traveled to New York City today, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, where he will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for his leadership and significant contributions to protecting and enhancing environmental quality and public health in Buffalo and Western New York.  Mayor Brown is the recipient of the EPA’s 2014 Environmental Quality Award, the highest recognition presented to the public by the EPA.


“With this week marking the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, I am honored to receive this award from the EPA for my work in protecting and enhancing environmental quality and public health in the City of Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown.  “Buffalo is on the move, with over $4.3 billion in new economic development activity underway, and our progressive efforts to make our city even cleaner and greener add to the great momentum.”

Under Mayor Brown’s direction:

  • The Buffalo Sewer Authority has committed to investing $380 million on a series of projects, as part of a progressive Long Term Control Plan recently approved by the EPA, that will improve water quality in the Niagara River and its tributaries, including projects that use green infrastructure to soak up and store stormwater that would otherwise increase overflows of raw sewage into local waterways.
  • The Buffalo Sewer Authority has already invested over $50 million in completed and ongoing construction projects under its approved Long Term Control Plan, including:
    • A $2.8 million pilot project to determine green infrastructure effectiveness related to rain garden/infiltration basins, pervious pavement and house downspout disconnections
    • $1.2 million for green street projects along Carlton Street and Fillmore Avenue to collect flows from these areas and to turn vacant land into green space
    • $7.5 million for demonstration projects to determine how to maximize wastewater and stormwater storage with real time control technology
    • $18 million to construct the Hamburg Drain Floatable Control Facility to control entry of large floating debris into the Niagara River
    • $8 million for a storage project at Smith Street to reduce raw sewage overflows into the Niagara RiverLarge infrastructure projects are moving forward in Buffalo with complete street designs, as part of the City’s Complete Streets program that promotes walking and biking, while addressing the community's largest energy consumption:  transportation.
  • The City of Buffalo will soon release the final draft of the Buffalo Green Code, the first set of new zoning rules in 60 years.    The Green Code implements best practices for smart growth, resilience, energy and water conservation and local food production. 
  • The City of Buffalo implemented a new recycling program that increased residential recycling rates by over 81%, helping Buffalo achieve its highest recycling rate ever of 20%.
  • The City of Buffalo spent over $2.4 million in energy efficiency measures at 45 city-owned facilities, with an anticipated energy cost savings of $410,205 annually.
  • The City of Buffalo recently applied for and successfully won a $500,000 Great Lakes Grant for Greener Infrastructure to improve water quality in Lake Erie.

The EPA Environmental Quality Award will be formally presented to Mayor Brown during a ceremony scheduled for today at the EPA Regional Headquarters in New York City.