Rust 2 Green

Cornell faculty and students are working to promote green practices in their urban renewal plans...

Activated in Fall 2009, Rust to Green New York State is an initiative that started in Cornell’s Department of Landscape Architecture and works to develop partnerships and networks within New York cities to disseminate information on how to grow sustainable communities. Current projects that Cornell students and faculty are working on involve the cities of Utica and Binghamton. Students work to promote green practices in their urban renewal plans and create a model for sustainable growth in other cities. Other cities being targeted for this project include Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and Schenectady.

Cornell’s Rust to Green projects and classes have involved students and faculty from a variety of disciplines including International Labor Relations, Art, Architecture, Planning, Life Sciences, Natural Resources and Landscape Architecture. Rust to Green has given students opportunities to do hands-on learning by doing projects such as redesigning parks, soliciting community input, planning community workshops on green practices, and writing plans and proposals. Rust to Green also involves other regional colleges including Colgate University, Utica College, Hamilton College and Mohawk Valley Community College, who also had involvement in the Initiative’s projects and outreach.