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John Ossowski

John Ossowski, a Ph.D. student at the School of Social Work, is currently working with
the Social Sustainability Network at Portland State University.




Project Description:

reUtica is a collaborative work by two Utica-born brothers, Matt and John Dean Ossowski. This short documentary shot in Portland, OR and Utica, NY explores sustainability-focused community initiatives in Portland, specifically Our United Villages and Groundwork Portland

The viewer will learn how the reUse of local assets can produce complimentary social and environmental benefits. Addressing important themes to the Utica community such as Housing & Neighborhood Development, environmental sustainability, and public safety, the filmmakers consider how these initiatives might translate into viable alternatives for urban development in Utica.

By reUsing existing infrastructure, embracing history and shifting perspectives, reUtica affirms that green initiatives can take root with minimal cost and high return. By first leveraging human, social and natural capital, communities can speed the reinvention of the great little American city by maximizing these innovative models and move towards a green future. 



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Together these social innovations reflect key concepts laid out in the Utica City Master Plan 2010.


Our United Villages


Groundwork Portland


Our United Villages operates as a self-sustaining social
enterprise that provides affordable, reUsed building materials and community outreach to neighborhoods in the Portland metro area.


Groundwork Portland promotes community-led redevelopment of brownfield areas in low-income neighborhoods.




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