[Foodplanning] APA National Planning Conference - Call for Food
System Related Session Proposals (deadline August 23, 2011)
khodgson at planning.org
Thu Jul 14 11:00:23 PDT 2011
Call for Food Planning Session Proposals
For APA's 2012 Conference in Los Angeles
Deadline: August 23
The APA has released a call for session proposals for their April 14-17
conference in Los Angeles. The exciting news about this conference is
that there is a special track devoted to Food System Planning. APA had
a special track on food system planning in both 2005 and 2006. APA
describes this track on their web site:
Whether it's eating locally, raising chickens in the backyard,
protecting land for food production, or addressing urban food deserts,
planners are developing a systems approach to the issues of food
planning. Examine how good systems planning should relate the
comprehensive plan and daily work of the planner. Find out how the
public sector is working with the private sector to address problems and
support sustainable practices.
APA's Food Interest Group (FIG) wants to encourage those that are
involved in food system planning initiatives and projects to submit a
session proposal. Topics related to specific sectors of the food
system, including case studies that illustrate how challenges of
creating a healthy, local food system can be overcome are welcome.
Sessions will ideally include planners and non-planners and illustrate
how food system planning is being integrated into main stream planning.
Specific questions that could be addressed in a session proposal
* How do cities address local food distribution (e.g. creating
food hubs, or local distribution centers, and direct marketing services
and venues)? What can planners do?
* How can cities plan for regional and local agriculture when
regional and city governance is uncommon?
* Can pricing ecosystem services and offsets play a role in
creating sustainable food systems?
* Provide examples of how the federal Healthy Food Financing
Initiative, or other incentive programs like it, has helped establish
grocery stores in communities of need.
* How can we plan for the use or diversion of food waste from
landfills, such as composting?
* Are there limits to the interventions that planners can employ
to ensure that local food is more viable and economic than non-local
* Are there private sector examples and/or private-public
partnerships that support sustainable food system practices?
* Of particular interest is a discussion of the roles that
public institutions can play in developing sustainable regional food
systems - as well as the role of planners.
Please note that all conference speakers are required to register for
the conference. Most will be paid registrants, although some may
qualify for a discounted rate, and others will qualify for a guest
registration. Be sure to review the registration policies carefully
prior to submitting this proposal, and be sure to share this policy with
any invited speakers. It is important to be aware that each session is
required to have at least one APA member participating, either as a
speaker or as a moderator.
FIG encourages you to visit APA's conference web site to find out more
about the 2012 conference and to complete a session proposal
(http://www.planning.org/conference/index.htm). The deadline for
submitting a proposal is August 23, 2011.
Kimberley Hodgson, AICP, RD
Manager, Planning and Community Health Research Center | American
1030 15th St NW, Suite 750W, Washington, DC 20005
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