Greening the Rust Belt

Activities and Outcomes

  1. Built Environment
    1. Green Streets and Green Infrastructure
      1. Genesee Street Redesign incorporating rainwater infiltration
      2. Bleecker Street Redesign Project
      3. City Hall Bioswale Parking Lot
      4. Utica Parks and Green Infrastructure Assessment (ongoing)
    2. Urban Design and Revitalizatio
      1. Oneida Square Roundabout Redesign
      2. Bleecker Street Mercantile Block Revitalization
      3. Sustainable Schoolyard and Block for MLK School and Cornhill
    3. Parks and Public Spaces
      1. Kemble Park Design Project (Spring 2012)
      2. One World Garden Project (in-process)
      3. Liberty Park Restoration and Greening (2011)
      4. Franklin Square Alley Revitalization (2012-13)
      5. Public Parks for Oneida Square Roundabout
  2. Social Dynamics and Networks
    1. R2G College Consortium
    2. Mohawk Valley Food Action Network
    3. R2G Marketplace @ Utica Monday Nites 2010 and 2012
    4. Refugee Community and One World Garden Project with OSSP
  3. Governance and Policy
    1. Food Policy and Food Policy Council (2013)
    2. CDBG Consolidated Plan Adoption of R2G Priorities (2010-2013)
  4. Urban Metabolism and Flows
    1. CDBG funds flowing into Rust to Green Projects
    2. Urban Planning and Coordination between agencies; partnering between community sectors
    3. CCE Oneida County engaged in Urban R2G initiatives
  5. Green Community Development and Education
    1. Rust to Green Website
    2. R2G Ecological Citizenship Curriculum
    3. R2G Storefront and Utica Monday Nite Educational Events
    4. DIY Vacant Lot Redevelopment
    5. Ecological Citizenship Curriculum
    6. MLK Sustainable Schoolyard and STEM curriculu
  6. Green Economy
    1. Food System
  7. Courses, Thesis, Internships
    1. DIY Vacant Lot Redevelopment- CU Undergraduate Independent Research Project (2012)
    2. Cornell Rust to Green Workshop (2010)
    3. Cornell Rust to Green Capstone Studio (2011, 2012)
    4. Senior Honors Thesis: studying Community Gardens and Place Attachment in Utica's Refugee Community (2012)
    5. CU MPS Project: studying ecological services of Utica's Parks (2012)
    6. CU MLA thesis: studying role of urban wilderness in Utica's future (2012)
    7. Hamilton College Senior thesis: assessing Rust to Green Project as Placemaking (2011)
    8. CU MLA/CRP Food Project Research Thesis (2012-13)
    9. Rust to Green Civic Fellow Internships: 2010 (7 students); 2011 (25 students), 2012 (8 students
  8. Presentations
    1. Cornell Trustees Meeting, October 29, 2010: CU faculty and students along with R2G Utica partners presented the progress on the R2G Utica Project to about 100 Cornell trustees.
    2. AIA/ASLA Buffalo Annual Meeting, October 16, 2010:P. Horrigan, J.Vanucchi and D. Ruggeri presented a 3-hour intensive outlining Rust to Green to about 75 NY architects and landscape architects.
    3. Resource Center for Independent Living Retreat, November 5, 2010: P. Horrigan was the keynote for a talk entitled, “Creating Social Change: Rust to Green Utica,” attended by about 200 people
    4. Hamilton College, May 21, 2010: P. Horrigan and J. Vanucchi presented R2G Utica to 30 faculty and administrators at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY.
    5. R2G Presentation Utica, April 2010
    6. State of the City, Utica, NY May 2010: R2G Utica was a focal point of the mayor's annual speech where he announced his administration's commitment to dedicating a city building as the new R2G Utica headquarters.
    7. Binghamton Smart Growth Conference, October 23, 2010: P. Horrigan and J. Vanucchi were presenting panelists as well as exhibiting contributors to this event.
    8. RE-utica Film and R2g Utica Event, December 14, 2010: P. Horrigan, J. Vanucchi and Utica partners presented a powerpoint and discussion on R2G Utica to about 250 guests at the Munson-Proctor Art Museum.
    9. “Rust to Green: Cultivating Resilience in the Rust Belt,” April 2011, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Annual Conference, Los Angeles (Horrigan, Vanucchi:50 attendees)
    10. Environmental Design Research Association, May 2011, Chicago, (Horrigan: 40 att.);
    11. “Rust to Green,” Cornell Social Entrepreneurship Conference, Ithaca, NY, April 2011, (Horrigan: 40 att.);
    12. “Rust To Green Utica,” We Live NY Summit, Ithaca, NY, April 2011 (Horrigan, Vanucchi et al: 50 att.);
    13. Cornell Committees on Academic Affairs & Student Life, Ithaca, NY (Horrigan: 80 att.) ;
    14. “Rust to Green NYS,” Urban Revitalization Transformations through Art & Design, Imagining America, Syracuse, NY, October 2011 (Horrigan, Vanucchi et al: 40 att.);
    15. Rust to Green NYS,” Upstate APA and ASLA Conference, Utica, NY, September 2011 (Horrigan, Vanucchi et al: 60 att.)
    16. “Rust to Green Utica – Addressing Community Needs Through A Food Policy Council,” Cornell Cooperative Extension Centennial Conference, Syracuse , Oct 14, 2011 (Horrigan et al: 40 att.);
    17. "Creating Sustainable Urban Communities in Syracuse and Utica,” Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, October 27, 2011 ( Horrigan: 50 att.);
    18. “Rust to Green Utica,” New Hartford Rotary, Yahundasis Golf Club, Utica, NY ( Horrigan: 30 att.), August 201





R2G Utica Smart Network Development

YEAR ONE 2010-2011
Visually tracking the R2G network becomes a valuable tool both to keep up with it's organism- like growth and to evaluate our areas of strength and potential weakness. For example, in the network diagrams below (links), it is clear that "education" is an active area, while "energy" is not. A "smart network" will allow for the easy identification of potential partners associated with each new project, while maximizing the benefits of structure, (communication among partners) and the flexibility that comes with only activating the relevant parts of the network at any given time.

Notes for the the Diagrams that follow: Blue ovals represent "pod" areas of partner development. Green boxes and then leaves represent action projects that are either supported by or initiated via the R2G Initiative. Note that many partners, especially at periphery are tied to particular projects. Black text denots existing partner, gray text denotes potential partner.

Network Charts

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February and August 2010


October 2010


December 2010