Rachel Jones is the new Elmira Urban Green Equity (EUGE) Project Coordinator for CCE Chemung County. She grew up in rural New Jersey and attended Rutgers University for her B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, with a dual major in Anthropology. Their undergraduate thesis in ethnobiology identified connections and conflicts between indigenous breeds of Altiplano quinoa, and the global market demand for commodified bioengineered crop plants. They have worked in various environmental and human service roles with agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, the NYS DEC, NYS Parks, and AmeriCorps. Rachel’s passions include connecting underserved communities to natural resources, which she has delivered on in all of her public service roles. She also enjoys hiking, camping, photography, music, dance, and crafting in her spare time. During her term with the CCE, she hopes to facilitate a unified vision on the future of Elmira’s green spaces, born from the initiative of community members, local agencies, and stakeholders, to protect, uplift, and empower neighborhoods to confront the inequitable impacts of climate change and social injustices.
Last updated December 11, 2023