Engaged Roosevelt Island

to foster environmental understanding and boost sustainable practices

An Engaged Opportunity Grant from Cornell University's Office of Engagement Initiatives was awarded to Cornell Tech for a year of planning and learning with the community. The goal of this grant is to promote environmental understanding and boost sustainable practices on Roosevelt Island. Throughout the year there will be engagement events to foster collaboration with residents, community groups, schools, building managers, island businesses, RIOC, RIRA and elected officials toward a cleaner and healthier neighborhood.

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photos by Zamir Eleusizov

Hot Chocolate & Conversations

at the Sanctuary

second event of this year of planning and learning

The second event supported by this grant was a free community gathering for Hot Chocolate & Conversations to listen to neighbors ideas and share resources. In an effort to bridge and connect both north and south in a come and go welcome format between 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Designed to allow participants to both share ideas and listen to others as a creative catalyst for the community, it featured diverse speakers such as: Beacon program 6th grade students, Open Doors poet from Coler Hospital, RIRA, RIOC, Cornell Tech, NYPL, GrowNYC, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office (MBPO), RIGC, GRIN, Girl Scouts, and local residents---all of whom shared important stories, concerns, commitments and the latest news.

Participants mingled and visited participatory areas to record solution based ideas for our neighborhood. There were tables for both local and global information about the Engaged RI grant, the RI Green Map, Roosevelt Island Nature, Composting, Library resources, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), and Project Drawdown. Throughout the evening attendees received free giveaways including Drawdown books, upcycled fabric totes created by RI seniors, reusable coffee tumblers, stylish kitchen compost pails, and small indoor plants.