About the Christopherson Center
What We Do
The Christopherson Center works to enhance the capacity of New York State communities to engage meaningfully and successfully in planning projects related to climate resilience, equity and the built environment.
We bring together diverse voices around shared challenges, working in a way that is collaborative, participatory, data-driven and results-oriented.
How We Work
CONNECT organizations through workshops, case studies and design charrettes
ACT as a resource hub for community-based organizations and public agencies
PARTNER with communities of color and other vulnerable populations to support their efforts to engage equitably in the planning process
FACILITATE academic research and partnerships with university faculty and students to inform and bolster policy initiatives
PROVIDE opportunities for groundbreaking community programming that increases stakeholder engagement and outreach.
Tom Knipe, Chair
Director for Economic Development, City of Ithaca
Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
Community Development Specialist, City of Utica
Supervisor, Town of Ithaca
Our program partners include community engagement professionals, economic development specialists, architects, planners, and preservationists.
University students and community collaborators play an integral part in our work, providing important research, outreach and a commitment to a more sustainable environment.