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UVa Sustainability Assessment+May 2, 2012
The Office of the Architect is pleased to announce the release of the 2011 UVa Sustainability Assessment. This 2011 Assessment updates the original 2006 UVA Sustainability Assessment and provides a comprehensive inventory of the University's progress towards sustainability in the last five years. The Assessment is organized into three broad categories: Governance & Culture, Academics & Learning, and Management Centers, which are further divided into seven focus areas: Land Use, Built Environment, Transportation, Dining, Energy & Carbon, Water, and Waste & Recycling.
Virginia Farm-to-Table Plan+February 17, 2012
The Virginia Farm to Table Plan is now available! The Plan is the outcome of an initiative began in September 2010 among Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Food System Council, University of Virginia, and others. The goal of the initiative was to strengthen Virginia’s food system and economic future through the development of a comprehensive Virginia Farm to Table Plan that informs and integrates assessment, education, development of programs and infrastructure, policy and funding recommendations to address key issues facing farmers, food entrepreneurs, and communities. The Plan would directly address 1) local regional farm and food markets 2) agricultural economic development, 3) community viability and environmental stewardship, and 4) food access, nutrition and health.
2nd Virginia Food Security Summit - Report+February 8, 2012
Read what the speakers, discussion groups, and round table participants had to say during the second Virginia Food Security Summit in Charlottesville.
When Eating Well is a Matter of Where You Live (co-authored by Paul Freedman)+June 20, 2011
America’s battle to lose weight and eat healthy has many fronts. There is the battle to get Americans to make better choices at restaurants. There is the battle to get them to shop smarter.

But for some people and some communities, the battle is about having access to healthy food. Some places may be swimming in Whole Foods Markets, but in others, places labeled food deserts, affordable nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables can be hard to come by. And these food deserts are spread across Patchwork Nation, but very unevenly.

Some of our 12 county types are much better places to try and live a healthy lifestyle (the wealthy Monied Burbs) than others (African-American heavy Minority Central).

Planning Functions of Community Food Projects+June 14, 2011
"Abstract: The number of community food projects (CFPs) has increased in American and international locations over the past several decades. This paper highlights six community planning goals that are addressed by CFPs, drawing parallels with how these items are typically addressed through traditional planning methods. Each community planning goal includes a discussion with examples of traditional and CFP planning methods. Additionally, I attempt to illustrate key characteristics of successful traditional and CFP planning, and encourage community planners to better understand these unique features and limitations as they try to further community goals."
Students of STS 2500 (Fall 2009). Resources Page (UVA class)+March 19, 2010

 

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