The Green Development Zone (GDZ) is PUSH Buffalo’s internationally recognized effort to grow a new community economy in a 25-square block area of the city’s West Side. PUSH’s Green Development Zone, which was founded in 2008, is home to one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in the nation with a per capita income of approximately $9000.
The GDZ combines green affordable housing construction, community-based renewable energy projects, housing weatherization projects, and green jobs training programs. To date, there are more than 30 parcels of property in the zone that have gone from vacant spaces to vital parts of PUSH’s growing sustainable movement.
On April 13, 2011 PUSH Buffalo’s Green Development Zone won the Changemaker’s International Sustainable Urban Housing Competition. The “Changemaker’s” competition was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of State and the American Planning Association.
The GDZ work encompasses the Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP), the Outsource Center, Homefront Buffalo, and Habitat for Humanity. Each of these organizations works with us to create a more sustainable city by transforming vacant or abandoned properties into affordable, green homes and apartments.
Learn more about Buffalo’s growing “Green Zone” here.