Thomas R. Hersey, Jr., Commissioner of Environment & Planning

Thomas R. Hersey, Jr., Commissioner of Environment & Planning

The Department of Environment and Planning leads the County's economic development efforts, oversees environmental compliance, collaborates on local and regional planning, provides digital mapping services, and provides wastewaster treatment services in seven sewer districts across the county.

What's Happening in Environment & Planning

Food-Plastic Waste event

Erie County and our partners are holding a workshop about food waste and single-use plastics.

Monday March 4, 2019 from 2-3:30

Tabernacle at Sweet_ness 7 Café

(several parking lots and street parking available near the venue) 



The Erie County Urban County Consortium, City of Buffalo, Towns of Amherst, Cheektowaga and Tonawanda (ACT Consortium), and Town of Hamburg seek proposals from qualified consultants to prepare up to three separate plans. 

The first plan, (Part I), is a Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Study (AI), which includes the City of Buffalo, County of Erie Urban County...

Local Government Training Opportunity: Local Communities Becoming More Resilient

How are our local communities becoming more resilient?

Learn what actions local government leaders are taking today to protect the future of their communities. Discover tools you can tap into for your own community.

Register at: bnwaterkeeper....


The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning is accepting proposals from qualified firms interested in:

1) Lead Hazard Evaluation – Paint Testing Services,

2) Lead Hazard Evaluation – Risk Assessment Services, and

3) Lead Hazard Clearance Services.

The contract for this service will be for three years. 


The RFP #1910VF...


Erie County has released their Climate Action and Sustainability Plan (CASP) for internal county operations. Erie County maintains an extensive municipal infrastructure system including over 220 buildings, 20 of which have more than 3.5 million square feet, as well as New Era Field and the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.  Additionally, there are 1,195 county-owned...


If you represent a municipal government or non-profit organization in Erie County and have recently completed a project that has environmental benefits, we invite you to nominate your project for consideration in this year’s Environmental Excellence Awards Program....


The rebirth of Lackawanna’s Bethlehem Steel site continues to gain momentum with the opening of the newest section of the Shoreline Trail on the site, an approximately 6,500-foot long, 10-foot wide stretch that runs from the City of Buffalo line to Dona Street in Lackawanna.

The first phase of the approximately $1.8 million Shoreline Trail project was funded through a combination...