SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Reed Coughlan Part of Group Receiving $48,475 to Create “One World Garden”
By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange
June 1, 2012
Prof. Reed Coughlan, at left, a Central New York Center-Utica mentor for SUNY Empire State College who works with students of social theory, structure and change, is a member of a group that has received $48,475 to design a community green space in downtown Utica. The grant from TKF Foundation was announced by Rust To Green Utica, an initiative designed to encourage faculty and students to work with local community partners in upstate New York toward sustainable urban development.
Coughlan’s and colleagues’ project, “One World Garden,” will be located on currently vacant city-owned land and galvanizes interested parties from SUNY Empire State College, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County, the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, Cornell University and the Ringling College of Art and Design.
Coughlan is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor who also has been instrumental in the creation of a partnership that aids Somali Bantu refugees to become more self-sufficient by their involvement in a community garden that provides an opportunity for the refugees to grow and harvest their own foods.