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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.


Project Director

Gretchen Worth


Advisory Board

Tom Knipe, Chair

Director for Economic Development, City of Ithaca

Jeffrey Chusid

Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University

Derek Crossman

Community Development Specialist, City of Utica

Danielle Hautaniemi

State Extension Specialist

Rod Howe

Supervisor, Town of Ithaca

Nicolette Wagoner

Senior Regulatory Analyst

Our Partners

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.