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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > January 2014 > Significant Achievement At Build Academy In Buffalo

Mayor Brown Celebrates A Significant Achievement At Build Academy In Buffalo

January 31, 2014 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today presented Eighth Grade students at Buffalo Public School 91, BUILD Academy, with Certificates of Achievement for showing the city of Buffalo that recycling can be creative and fun!  As part of an art and technology class this past semester, the students built a Recycle Home from recycled materials and documented the entire project, from start to finish, on video. 

“Buffalo is committed to becoming one of the greenest cities in America, and our recycling program is a leading component in this effort,” said Mayor Brown. “We are proud to bring Buffalo’s recycling program into city schools.  I thank the students and staff at BUILD Academy for their creativity and dedication to creating a clean and green Buffalo.”

With the support of Principal Michelle Hope, students of Teacher Juliana Curtis worked tirelessly on the project, during class and on their own time.  The Recycle Home, built as a recycling center for the school’s ‘bottle and can’ recycling program, was constructed out of reclaimed wood.  Students decorated the structure with recycling symbols and messages to encourage students and visitors to the school to do their part and recycle.

“The students of Build Academy have shown the commitment and enthusiasm we need in the City of Buffalo to continue to build our recycling program,” said Susan Attridge, Director of the City’s Recycling Program. 

Mayor Brown and the city of Buffalo launched a new citywide comprehensive recycling program in 2012, delivering 70,000 green single-stream recycling carts to city residents.  In 2012, the city recycled 13,000 tons of co-mingled curbside recycling, the most ever in city history. In 2013, recycled material increased nearly 81.4% increase since 2011.

A photo of the BUILD Academy Recycling Home will be part of the New York Recycles Poster Contest.  To raise further awareness about the importance of recycling, Mayor Brown posted a photo of the Recycle Home and video on the city of Buffalo website at, as well as his Facebook page at  All schools in the City of Buffalo are encouraged to participate in the city’s recycling program.  For further information, please call Susan Attridge at 851-5014.