Barbara Buffaloe

Barbara Buffaloe serves as Sustainability Manager for the City of Columbia. There she manages the Office of Sustainability, which works with all City departments and the community to optimize resource use efficiency and improve economic, environmental and social well-being. Buffaloe coordinated the development of Columbia’s Climate Action & Adaptation Plan (CAAP). The CAAP layos out a vision and strategies to address risks posed by climate change and contributes to international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Buffaloe is Secretary for the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) Board of Directors, a peer-to-peer network of local government professionals from cities across the United States and Canada dedicated to creating a healthier environment, economic prosperity, and increased social equity. Buffaloe also co-founded the Heartland Local Government Sustainability Network, a network of sustainability managers and directors from seven Midwestern states whose charge it is to create additional momentum for promoting sustainability throughout the Heartland. She joined the City from the University of Missouri where she was an instructor in the Department of Architectural Studies and a Housing and Environmental Design Specialist with MU Extension. 

Buffaloe has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and a Master of Science in Environment & Behavior from the University of Missouri. She lives in Columbia, Missouri with her husband and two children where they practice active transportation to get about Columbia.