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Advancing Green Futures for New York's Rust Belt Cities

The Rust2Green New York Action Research Initiative (R2G) generates innovative community development strategies and solutions for addressing the opportunities and challenges unique to Upstate NY’s Rust Belt cities by uniting and networking the knowledge of its university and community partners, focusing on local assets –not deficits–and using engaged and participatory methods and practices along the way.

While R2G’s geography extends to Upstate’s seven legacy post-industrial cities and their regions, it has been actively at work in two cities. In 2010 its first partnership launched in Utica NY with the founding of R2G Utica.  By 2014, the R2G Binghamton partnership was underway.  In both cities, community and university partners have worked together on actionable projects producing beneficial community development impacts and outcomes.  Learn more about R2G Utica and R2G Binghamton.

In 2020, which marks R2G’s 10th anniversary year, results of the Rust2Green Collaborative Evaluation Project will provide new learning and understanding regarding its impact on the places and people its engaged. Learn more about R2G CEP.