Buffalo Commons is:
  • a collaborative, physical space
  • an online hub of innovative research, engaged learning and civic activity
  • a network of partners and researchers dedicated to the advancement of social and economic progress and the promotion of knowledge for the public good.

On DC@ILR, Buffalo Commons is the online resource exchange connecting researchers, practitioners, partners and communities. This repository of public knowledge, ideas, and tools for citizen engagement is a modern expression of a democratic ideal—a shared space in which every member of the community has an equal interest. This action-oriented research hub is maintained by Cornell in Buffalo and the Partnership for the Public Good. Since 2007, the partnership has produced civic research, policy, and tools dedicated to effecting lasting, positive change in Buffalo Niagara. Created with the help of educators, students, volunteers, interns, and independent researchers, this rich body of reports, policy briefs, and fact sheets can be found in the Buffalo Commons.

Cornell in Buffalo
Cornell in Buffalo is an engaged learning center anchored by the interchange of applied knowledge and resources between Cornell University and the Buffalo, NY community. Comprised of Cornell ILR School, High Road Fellowships, the Worker Institute, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Cornell in Buffalo is located in Buffalo's historic Market Arcade building.

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Submissions from 2017

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The Story of the Puerto Rican-Chicano Committee, Alberto O. Cappas and Jose C. Pizarro

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Lead Poisoning Thresholds and Triggers, Adam Hains

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2016 Annual Report on the State of Homelessness in WNY, Homeless Alliance of New York

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The PUSH Green Development Zone, Building Housing Equity from the Ground Up, Sam Magavern

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Working Toward Equality, Updated, Race, Employment, and Public Transportation in Erie County, Sam Magavern and Aaron Krolikowski

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Why Buffalo Needs Inclusionary Zoning, Sam Magavern and Sarah Wooton

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Life on a Nickels Edge Struggle and Dignity in Buffalo's Fruit Belt, John Marsland

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Advancing Health Equity and Inclusive Growth in Buffalo, PolicyLink and PERE

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Bringing the Good Food Purchasing Program to Buffalo, Challenges and Lessons Learned, Michael Richbart

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Health Equity the Path to Inclusive Prosperity in Buffalo, Tracey Ross

Submissions from 2016

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Collaboration, Communication and Community-Building

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Credit Unions and Banks Near Downtown Buffalo

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Fruit Belt Neighborhood Asset Inventory, Sara Alpert

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Homelessness among Young Adults in Buffalo: A Research Report Highlighting Youth Voices, Elizabeth Bowen, Ryan Savino, Berg Miller, Dale Zuchlewski, Kevin Ma, and Christine Slocum

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Buffalo Niagara - How Are We Really Doing, Lawrence Brooks

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Inclusionary Zoning: Creating Equity and Lasting Affordability in the City of Buffalo, New York, Buffalo Inclusionary Housing Commission

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Redesigning the Scajaquada Expressway, Daniel Cadzow and Justin Booth

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Buffalo's Proposed Unified Development Ordinance: Preserving Community Character within a New Form-Based Code, Jessie Fisher

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Energy Poverty in Buffalo's West Side: PUSH, National Fuel, and the Fight for Equitable Energy Access, Anthony Hilbert

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West Side Study, Clint McManus

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Buffalo Arts and Culture Organizations, Open Buffalo

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A Community Benefit Agreement for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Partnership for the Public Good

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A Plan that Bears Fruit: A Community Land Trust and Other Tools For Neighborhood Revitalization in the Fruit Belt, Partnership for the Public Good

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Bangladeshi Immigrants in Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good

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Buffalo Niagara at the Crossroads: How State Energy Policies can Lead Western New York to a Green, Prosperous, and Just Future, Partnership for the Public Good

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Collaboration Communication and Community-Building: A New Model of Policing for 21st Century Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good

Submissions from 2015

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Afghan Refugees in Buffalo

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Annual Report on the State of Homelessness in Western New York

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From Central Africa to Buffalo: Refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Rwanda, and Burundi

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From Puerto Rico to Buffalo

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Poverty, Race, and Community Policing in Buffalo

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Refugees from Somalia in Buffalo

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Refugees from Sudan in Buffalo

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Traffic Equity in Buffalo, New York, Daniel M. Cadzow and Sam Magavern

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Social Justice and the Arts, J. A. Dewald

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High Road Economic Development: Best Practices, Tina Meyers

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The High Road Economy: Principles and Practices, Tina Meyers

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Burman, Karen, and Chin Refugees: From Burma to Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good

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Eritrean Refugees in Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good

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Greening the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Partnership for the Public Good

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Nepali Bhutanese Refugees in Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good

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Refugees from Iraq in Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good

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Yemeni Immigrants in Western New York, Partnership for the Public Good

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Temp Work and Poverty in Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good and Open Buffalo

Submissions from 2014

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Annual Report on the State of Homelessness in Erie-Niagara Metropolitan Area

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Talking Proud: Telling Buffalo's Stories

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Employment Data for Buffalo, Allison Considine

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Why New York State Still Needs Single Payer Health Care, Jacqueline MacKeller and Sam Magavern

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Public Education in Buffalo and the Region, Marc J. Masson

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Raising the Minimum Wage: Key Facts and Figures, Partnership for the Public Good

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Buffalo Poverty Research Workshop, Mark C. Poloncarz

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On the Edge: The Impact of Changing Demographics on an Inner-Ring Suburban School District, Corrie Stone-Johnson

Submissions from 2013

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Erie County as a Metro-Wide School District, Gabriela Agostinelli

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Gang Prevention in Buffalo, NY and National Best Practices, Gabriela Agostinelli

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Poverty Matters: The Correlation of Poverty to Test Outcomes in Buffalo, Amherst, and Cheektowaga Schools, Jacob Barnes

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Teacher Residency Requirements in Buffalo: Reconciling Community Benefits with Marketplace Realities, Lee Bender

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English Language Learners and Standardized Test, Adam Faeth

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Should Buffalo Move Back to Neighborhood Public Schools?, NIcholas Fischer

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The Great Recession in Buffalo-Niagara, Ramon Garcia

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Buffalo School Board Governance, William Miller

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Alarming Disparities: The Disproportionate Number of African American and Hispanic People in Erie County Criminal Justice System, Open Buffalo

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The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus: A High Road Strategy to Maximize the Community's Benefit, Open Buffalo

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Poverty in Buffalo-Niagara, Partnership for the Public Good

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Impact of Poverty, Assunta Ventresca

Submissions from 2012

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2012 Annual Report on the State of Homelessness in Erie County

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Buffalo's Assets

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City of Buffalo Living Wage Ordinance

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Concentrated Poverty and Public Education

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Recycling by Businesses Creates Jobs, Saves Energy, Reduces Pollution, and…it’s the law!

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Recycling by Multi-Family Residences Creates Jobs, Saves Energy, Reduces Pollution, and…it's the Law!

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How to Recycle Special Items in Buffalo-Niagara, Catholic Care for Creation Committee of Buffalo

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Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program: Job Training Program for Disadvantaged Workers, Michael Charles Cimasi

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Habitat for Humanity Buffalo, Aikeem Cooper

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Population Trends in Buffalo-Niagara, Ramon Garcia

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The Geography of Poverty: City of Buffalo, Robert Grimaldi

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Community Health Workers: A Holistic Solution for Individual and Community Health, Sam Magavern, Jacqueline MacKeller, and Jessica Bauer Walker

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The Matt Urban Center HOPE Center and the Housing First Model, Justine Miller

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Composting Food and Yard Waste: A Guide for Individuals, Non-Profits, and the City of Buffalo, Rebecca Mize

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Massachusetts Avenue Project: Urban Farming and Job Skills for Youth, Rebecca Mize

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Project Dandelion, Timothy Moriarty

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Health Data for Buffalo and Erie County, Partnership for the Public Good

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Erie County Work Experience Program Partnerships with Non-Profits Offer Work Experience to Temporary Assistance to Needy Family Recipients, Gretchen Sullivan

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Buffalo's Community Health Centers: Healthcare for People with Low Incomes, Christopher Szczygiel

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Geographies of Poverty: Buffalo-Niagara Metropolitan Area, Christopher Szczygiel

Submissions from 2011

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2011 Annual Report on the State of Homelessness in Erie County

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Reducing Disposable Bag Use, Rick Ahrens

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Reforming Buffalo's Tax Foreclosure Process, Jonathan Baird

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The Triple Bottom Line in Buffalo: Standards for Economic, Social, and Ecological Success, Jeffrey Baker

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2010 Buffalo and Erie County Annual Report on Homelessness: A Community Profile, Kristin Cipollone

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Policies to Encourage Biking and Walking in Buffalo, Fusco-Gessick

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Monitoring Pollution in our Communities: The Clean Air Coalition of Western New York, Kathleen Gabel

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Vacant Lot Greening Options in Buffalo, Robert Grimaldi

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Best Practices in Mental Health at Corrections Facilities, Sahil Jain

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Responding to New York's Budget Crisis, Sam Magavern

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What Climate Change Means for Buffalo, Sam Magavern

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How City Hall Can Foster the Urban Farming Revolution in Buffalo, Michael Raleigh

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Refugees, Food Insecurity, and Community Gardens, Dorian Rolston

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PUSH Buffalo's Net Zero House at 10 Winter St., Kyle Taylor

Submissions from 2010

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Canal Side: How Will the Community Benefit?

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Environmental Data for Buffalo