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  • Department of Global Development
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Global Development
Rust2Green (R2G), a community-engaged initiative from Cornell University, is seeking public feedback on its ten-year Utica-based effort to advance resiliency in the city through community-university collaborative placemaking, planning and research. Local input will enable project partners to improve, adapt and ascertain what’s needed and figure out how to be more effective working together as community and university partners in Utica and elsewhere in New York State.

Project leaders are encouraging all members of the Utica community to contribute to the University's online evaluation before its conclusion on April 12 by going to: https://participant.groupwisdom.tech/project/836/brainstorming.

Recognizing the significant challenges currently before us and honoring everyone’s tireless efforts to address them, hearing and learning from the community may be more important now than ever before. Participants can view collective responses from other community members and may add one or several short statements of their own describing ways they think R2G has affected Utica neighborhoods, public spaces, people, groups, organizations, attitudes, etc., over the last ten years. The more ideas and contributions the better.

R2G remains deeply rooted and grounded in place and believes that green futures – for Utica and the surrounding Mohawk Valley Region – must emerge and grow from the community’s distinctive place identity, assets and needs. Cornell and R2G Utica remain hopeful and committed to moving forward with important work in Utica. This collaborative evaluation will help the University and local partners to evaluate the outcomes of a decade of R2G Utica community projects which focus on the strength and assets of Utica's people and place. Details about R2G Utica’s many local projects are profiled on its website: www.rust2greenutica.org.  

Once this local "brainstorm" ends, all the responses received will be included in a follow-up survey to rate their importance. The results of the evaluation will be analyzed and shared on the Cornell and R2G Utica websites. 

The participatory evaluation of R2G’s impact in NYS communities is funded through Cornell’s Office of Engagement Initiatives.

More information about Rust2Green Utica can be found at: www.rust2greenutica.org. To learn more about Cornell’s R2G NY Initiative and Collaborative Evaluation Project visit Cornell’s R2G website: https://cardi.cals.cornell.edu/programs/rust-2-green-0/.

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