Developed and facilitated a community engagement strategy and designed a communications hub to gather constructive input towards a green infrastructure plan for 47 gardens around the Loisaida neighborhood to address climate change adaptation in a vulnerable coastal community through the use of applied resiliency strategies to serve as a model for a more sustainable New York City.
The New York City Community Gardens Coalition (NYC CGC) initiated a Green Infrastructure Feasibility Study funded by the Governor’s Office for Storm Recovery to enhance the sustainability and resiliency of community gardens around the Loisaida neighborhood. The goal was to identify the needs of 47 community gardens to address climate change adaptation in a vulnerable coastal community through the use of applied resiliency strategies to serve as a model for a more sustainable New York City.
Designed and conducted a community workshop series and developed an online and offline information sharing system that connected gardeners, communities, and the Project Team to ensure that community voices were incorporated into strategy recommendations, streamline communications and decision making, and inform the development of an accurate feasibility study.
The Gardens Rising feasibility study was developed as a culminating report of the various projects proposed for each garden. In turn, it called for a co-existing web platform to inform gardeners about the development and design process. A crowd-map was piloted to bridge the gap between community, gardeners, and project team – enabling the Project team to upload updates and information in real time, and collect feedback from gardeners who would receive email alerts. The website helped ensure full transparency and an equal exchange of information and feedback.