Designing to Live Sustainably (d2ls) is a change agent working within our shared bi-national bioregion to nurture ideas from their conceptual stage to action, implementation and manifestation. We strive to serve as a vehicle through which great ideas can receive the support and financial means to come to fruition through a community network that offers the collaboration and synergistic effects to make them happen.
What We’ve Accomplished
Designing to Live Sustainably [d2ls] began in 2009 with a mission to be highly inclusive and challenge the conventional paradigm with radical collaboration. Our initial projects, competitions, sought ideas, concepts and designs from every demographic, and encouraged submissions on the design of policy and systems of governance as well as built environment.
To live sustainably we must achieve social stability by meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.
On 4.29.17 d2ls presented its first YIMBY [Yes In My Back Yard] Festival at the Tri-Main Center. BUFFALO: BLOCK-BY-BLOCK provided a platform for individuals and groups involved in grassroots community organizations to gather, exchange ideas, experiences, skills and strategies. D2LS was joined by the Board of Block Clubs of Erie County, and the City of Buffalo Division of Citizens services.
Bringing preparedness to the Buffalo-Niagara Region presents an opportunity to thrive, not just survive. Designing to Live Sustainably [d2ls] is leading an initiative to develop a Buffalo-Niagara Regional climate model, starting with Weathering Change in WNY. This first step in developing a more elaborate regional model has been completed in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Vermette, a climatologist with the Department of Geography & Planning at SUNY Buffalo State.