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Our Programs

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Circularity, Reuse, Zero Waste Development

CR0WD (Circularity, Reuse, Zero Waste Development) is a multi-partner collaboration to eliminate building and infrastructure demolition and construction debris – one of the largest components of US waste streams, according to the EPA. CR0WD promotes alternatives to demolition, including thoughtful deconstruction that recognizes the environmental, economic, and cultural value of salvage and reuse of building materials and architectural elements. It does this through education and engagement, policy and practice, research and resources, and green jobs creation and skills training. 

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Equitable Climate Action and Outcomes

Our homes, the buildings where we work and shop, the roads and bridges and sidewalks we travel along -- the built environment -- account for more than 40 percent of carbon emissions. Solutions to lower emissions and fight climate change provide opportunities to realize environmental and economic benefits for everyone. After all, a sustainable future must be an equitable future. We support our New York State partners through programs that provide tools to strengthen anti-racist allyship among communities. Aimed at community organizations, municipal staffs, planners, preservationists and architects, these programs help embed diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice in the work we do every day.  

Expanding Regional Networks

The Christopherson Center serves as a platform to bring together stakeholders who may not usually interact -- and the results can be impressive. Currently under development is a multi-year program that brings together New York's small local governments to support their efforts in tackling their most urgent climate issues together. Whether through workshops, targeted discussions, case study seminars or innovative engagement methods, we encourage equitable participation and generous sharing of ideas and perspectives to address the challenges we face today.

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Coffee Conversations

An ongoing initiative, our Coffee Conversations are individual and small group conversations with community members around specific topics. They are invaluable to helping the Christopherson Center better understand the pressing issues at hand, the intersectionality of those issues, and strategic ways we can work together to meet those challenges. Coffee Conversations take no more than an hour -- and, whenever possible, we'll buy the coffee! If you'd like to participate, please let us know by clicking the button below. 

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