Best Practice: The Community Is A Classroom

Holding outreach and informational events at key locations within the project area community enables residents to visualize the tangible outcomes of a project while reaching a wider audience. Utilizing the project site itself as an outdoor classroom helps residents to understand the project’s impacts and implications. Holding events within the community also allows for larger audiences, promoting social resilience between neighbors by strengthening local networks through personal connections.

Example: Staten Island

The Living Breakwaters project team has led shore walks and beach clean-ups, sponsored in collaboration with New York City Department of Parks, to reach a wide audience and encourage residents to remain engaged in the design process. The community engagement events offer residents an opportunity to manifest immediate and tangible differences in their communities while working alongside the Project Team helps residents understand the impacts of the project.

Example: Hunts Point

The Hunts Point Resiliency Team launched their series of Connection Stories. The intention of this story series is to spotlight different voices and stories in Hunts Point. Throughout the series, members of the Hunts Point community will be paired with different City representatives to explore different aspects of resiliency in the peninsula, such as ecological, social and physical resilience .

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