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Sustainability and Resiliency Planner

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Sustainability and Resiliency Planner

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Senior Research Support Specialist

The Regional Institute

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Research Foundation

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RF Professional


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The University at Buffalo Regional Institute ( UBRI ), a major planning and public policy center at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, seeks applicants for a Sustainability and Resiliency Planner . The successful applicant will play an instrumental role in our sustainability and resilience work, which includes implementing the award-winning regional sustainability plan One Region Forward ( This position will advance regional sustainability by assisting municipalities in Erie and Niagara counties increase their resiliency through planning, policy adoption, and project implementation. This includes participation in programs like the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s ( DEC ) Climate Smart Communities program, the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority ( NYSERDA ) Clean Energy Communities program, and other efforts to help New York communities increase their resilience.

Duties as a Sustainability and Resilience Planner will primarily include conducting outreach and delivering technical assistance related to climate action planning, clean energy projects, and resilience. The duties will include:

• Assist local governments with understanding and completing the required actions to become NYS DEC “Climate Smart Communities” certified and NYSERDA “Clean Energy Communities” designated.
• Assist local governments in completing local greenhouse gas emissions inventories, benchmarking the energy use of municipal buildings, and assisting communities in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects.
• Support the creation of community task forces and community campaigns that promote community-wide embrace of climate action planning and policies.
• Assist communities in increasing the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and associated fueling infrastructure.
• Conduct local on-site and virtual training and workshops to groups of interested local officials and community stakeholders on various sustainability and resilience-related topics.
• Identify and connect communities with relevant sustainability, clean energy, and resilience programs and grant opportunities.
• Other research on issues related to sustainability and resilience as directed by faculty and staff affiliated with the UBRI .

Outstanding Benefits Package
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages .

About UB
The University at Buffalo is SUNY’s most comprehensive public research university, and an outstanding place to work. UB amplifies ambition for faculty and staff by offering endless possibilities to achieve more. Here, people from all backgrounds and cultures challenge and inspire each other to discover, learn and succeed. Dedicated staff and engaged faculty collaborate to further knowledge and understanding, and develop tenacious graduates who are valued for their talents and their impact on global society. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo .

About UBRI
In partnership with faculty and students from the UB School of Architecture and Planning, UBRI has been working in the Buffalo Niagara region for over 30 years, pursuing public scholarship with community constituencies at the intersection of public policy, urban planning, urban design, architecture, and real estate development. We understand that together these ways of working are an essential part of the solution to build stronger regional economies with better places for all people. UBRI guides decision making, design, and strategic planning with implementation assistance for our local, regional, state, and national partners. We take an objective approach to understanding complex issues, and we translate this understanding into useful and relevant information for the communities we serve. We are grounded in the disciplines of research and analysis. We contribute to evidence-based planning and design and work with our partners to implement, evaluate, and collectively solve problems to ensure stronger economic futures for all. Visit our website to learn more about UBRI .

As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, the Research Foundation will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and veteran or disability status.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, architecture, environmental science or a related field and at least three years’ experience in sustainability/energy planning
• Must be knowledgeable about climate action planning, clean energy, local government operations in New York State
• Must have strong writing, project management, and public speaking skills

Preferred Qualifications

• Master’s Degree in urban planning, architecture, environmental sciences, or a related field plus one-year experience in sustainability/energy planning

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Commensurate with experience

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9:00 AM –5:00 PM,

occasional travel, evenings and weekends

Downtown Campus

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Heather Warner

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