Who We Are

The Rust to Green New York Action Research Initiative is an emerging network of Cornell educators, researchers and students–from a myriad of fields and disciplines– working together and in collaboration with a wide range of community partners to identify and design innovative strategies and solutions addressing the unique problems and needs of New York’s Rust Belt cities. Our collective action contributes knowledge and momentum that we hope will help New York’s most at-risk cities realize their full potential of becoming livable and resilient 21st century communities. R2G NY’s home base is in Cornell University's Department of Landscape Architecture and is the direct result of USDA Hatch Project entitled From Rust to Green Places and Networks: Mapping a Sustainable Future for Upstate NY (NYC-146455).

Small Actions
Lead to Big Results

The re-opening of Liberty Bell Park after R2G and the City of Utica Partnered to re-design and re-build the popular public space.

R2G Civic Research Fellow Eric Jones speaks with a local resident during a R2G Utica Monday Nite event.