Rutgers Raritan River Consortium (“R3C” or “Consortium”) is a collaborative effort at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick-Piscataway campus that recognizes the critical value of the Raritan and its environs to the social, economic and ecological integrity of the region that Rutgers calls home. Our mission is to utilize Rutgers’ proximity to the Raritan to inform university-based education, research and scholarship and to apply our efforts, in collaboration with Raritan partners, to advance improvements in regional planning, policy and decision-making that positively affect the ecology and economy of the Raritan region.
Who We Are
The Consortium is comprised of multiple schools, programs and departments of Rutgers University that have joined together to develop and leverage resources and capabilities to advance university-based educational programming and research as well as improvements in planning, policy and decision-making for a more sustainable Raritan.
We are organized as a “virtual” network throughout the university and are guided by a small steering committee of faculty and staff from different departments and schools on the New Brunswick-Piscataway campus. The steering committee is also guided by external stakeholders that help the Consortium address issues of sustainability for the Raritan while advancing the goals of the university’s Strategic Plan.
- To utilize Rutgers’ proximity to the Raritan and its environs to inform university-based education, research and scholarship; and
- To apply Rutgers’ research, programming and resources through its stewardship, educational programs, technical assistance, research and assimilation of data, and collaboration with other Raritan partners to advance improvements in regional planning, policy and decision-making that positively affects the Raritan region and resources
By facilitating collaboration among Rutgers faculty, staff and students and engaging the greater Raritan community of businesses, municipalities, NGOs and other Raritan stakeholders, we will bring the university’s resources to bear to address concerns for the Raritan.
Goals, Objectives and Strategies
In May of 2017, members of the R3C met to brainstorm their vision for the Consortium for the coming year (2017-18) and for the next five years. Using this information and assessments of the needs of the larger Raritan community, the R3C steering committee has outlined the goals, objectives, and strategies that the Consortium needed for implementation of the strategic plan. This is a work in progress and we welcome your comments/suggestions via email to Carrie Ferraro or Sara Malone.
Read an expanded description of the Consortium here.
Image of Rutgers along the Raritan provided by Ken Mitchell.