Cornell University

June 3 2011

Service Learning, Action Research

Students will contribute to Buffalo’s community and economic development

Fourteen ILR students begin working June 6 to help revitalize Buffalo.

High Road Fellowship Program students work eight weeks with organizations that are part of the Partnership for the Public Good.

Formed in 2007, the civic group is made up of more than 90 partners promoting more equitable and sustainable economic development in Greater Buffalo.

Lou Jean Fleron advises High Road students with Sam Magavern and program coordinator Megan Connelly, in collaboration with Ron Applegate. The program is based in ILR's downtown Buffalo office.

Students meet on Fridays to participate in forums with economic development speakers, participate in field trips and share experiences. Each earns $2,900 for the summer.

Six High Road students will live in Buffalo's first energy neutral house.

Known as the NetZero House, it is located in the city's Green Development Zone. The area combines green-design affordable housing, sustainable landscaping, community planning, urban agriculture and green jobs training in a 20-block area.

The green development zone was the only site in the United States this year to win the global Changemakers contest, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Rockefeller Foundation and the American Planning Association.

Students participating in High Road Fellowship and their partner agencies are:

  • Derya Akbaba '13, Urban Roots
  • Jeffrey Baker '14, Partnership for the Public Good
  • Daniel Cooper '13, Buffalo First
  • Susanne Donovan '13, Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities
  • Abhishek Gupta '10, MS '11, International Institute
  • David Huang '13, Coalition for Economic Justice
  • Sahil Jain '14, Prisoners are People Too
  • Elizabeth Li '13, Clean Air Coalition
  • Alyssa Murrett '13, Public Accountability Initiative, Partnership for the Public Good
  • John Parker '12, PUSH Buffalo
  • Lauren Schwarzenholzer '13, Partnership for the Public Good
  • Elizabeth Spivak '13, Everywoman Opportunity Center
  • Andrea Thomas '12, Heart of the City Neighborhoods
  • Tom Wasko '14, Buffalo CarShare