SCI Resource Library - Climate and Resilience

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Climate Resilience

Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) for Northwest Region, VT

This regional plan for sustainable development provides a framework for the economic, social and environmental factors that influence and sustain growth and development in rural northwest Vermont.

Date Published: July 2015

Granite State Future: Statewide Snapshot

This report provides a compilation of the nine regional plans, numerous statewide technical studies, and the robust outreach efforts conducted at the state and regional level to presents the citizens of New Hampshire with the relative priorities of different subjects across the state. 

Date Published: June 2015

Green Infrastructure and the Sustainable Communities Initiative

This report provides a broad overview of the principles and benefits of green infrastructure, as well as 30 case studies detailing the green infrastructure development undertaken by Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees.

Date Published: February 2015

Leveraging Anchor Institutions for Economic Inclusion

This brief is an introduction to developing and implementing an anchor strategy that can advance equity and economic inclusion in order to promote regional prosperity. It provides actionable recommendations for federal Economic Resilience and Sustainable Communities grantees and their broad range of regional partners.

Date Published: February 2015

Alternative Fuel Scenario Assessment for Centralina, NC and SC

This guidebook provides thorough information about alternative fuel filling station economics and technical best practices. It provides information on market considerations, analysis of fuel types, financial modeling, permitting and regulatory considerations, and design considerations. 

Date Published: January 2015

Sustainable Communities Learning Network Video Series: GROWashington-Aroostook (Maine)

This video series includes interviews with representatives from a handful of the HUD SCI grantee projects who are also NADO members to find out more about the impact these grants have had on their regions

Date Published: January 2015

Case Study: Texas Gulf Coast: Diversifying Disaster Recovery Investments for Long-Term Economic Revitalization

This case study describes how the Houston-Galveston Area Council used its EDA funds to better position the region for recovery and long-term growth through critical infrastructure investments and support for small businesses.

Date Published: December 2014

Webinar Materials: Working in Rural Communities

This series covers NDRC NOFA requirements as well as specific topics related to climate resilience strategies. On December 15, the "Working in Rural Communities" webinar focused on disaster recovery/resilience issues unique to working in rural communities, including funding resources, community engagement, and rural infrastructure.

Date Published: December 2014

Building an Inclusive Regional Food Economy: Lessons from Central Minnesota's Choose Health Program Webinar

This webinar, held on November 13, 2014, is hosted by the NADO Research Foundation. It addresses the intersection between local food, public health, and regional resilience, by exploring Central Minnesota’s Choose Health program. The Choose Health program is one of several regional initiatives that is growing the region’s local food economy and increasing access to healthy food options for disadvantaged populations.

Date Published: November 2014

Using Green Infrastructure to Meet Clean Water Act Consent Decree Requirements Webinar

This webinar, held on November 12, 2014, discusses how communities are using green infrastructure approaches to address U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consent decrees to clean up combined sewer overflows (CSOs) – and achieving cost savings and additional community benefits as a result. Josh Rivard from the Center for Infrastructure Research at University of Louisville shares case stories from Louisville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Saint Louis, and he outlines the basic steps involved in taking this new approach to compliance efforts.

Date Published: November 2014

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) for Sustainable Knowledge Corridor, CT

This report provides an analysis of fair housing and access to opportunity in the greater Hartford, CT/Western MA region. The fair housing and equity assessment analyzes how well regional plans link fair housing considerations with issues of transportation, employment, education, land use planning, and environmental justice and makes recommendations about locations for affordable housing in areas that offer access to opportunity regardless of race, family status, disability, source of income or other personal characteristics protected under federal and state civil rights statutes.

Date Published: October 2014

OER Summer Smarts Webinar: Demonstrating Economic Resilience

This webinar, held on September 29, 2014, demonstrates how pilot SCI grantee projects are demonstrating the concrete value of the planning process.

Date Published: September 2014

Sustainability Toolkit from Pioneer Valley, MA

This toolkit provides technical assistance and resources to help municipalities in the Pioneer Valley, MA region implement their Regional Plan for Sustainable Development by adopting strategies (including model policies, bylaws, and ordinances) to take action on climate change, promote use of clean energy sources, grow smarter, protect their environments, promote food security, and encourage use of green infrastructure.

Date Published: September 2014

Brownfields and Vacant Properties Inventories & Information Systems: Lessons from the Field Webinar

This webinar, held on August 14, 2014, discusses the value and various means of conducting inventories and property condition surveys as well as building information systems around brownfields and vacant properties. Presenters share examples from communities on how to use this data to inform the development and implementation of plans, spur strategic revitalization initiatives, leverage funding, and educate and engage the public.

Date Published: August 2014

Climate Change in Northern New Hampshire: Past, Present, and Future

This report provides historic and projected regional climate change data for the state along with strategies to help Northern NH communities adapt to and mitigate impacts of climate change. 

Date Published: August 2014

Climate Change in Southern New Hampshire: Past, Present, and Future

This report provides historic and projected regional climate change data for the state along with strategies to help Southern NH communities adapt to and mitigate impacts of climate change. 

Date Published: August 2014

Diesel/Black Carbon Technical Assessment and Feasibility Study for Centralina, NC and SC

This report investigates the environmental and economic impacts of diesel engine exhaust and black carbon emissions that are the result of construction projects. This study yields new tools and resources for municipalities to help mitigate the environmental and human health impacts of these emissions.

Date Published: August 2014

Regional Climate and Energy Plan for Lehigh Valley, PA

This energy and climate element of the Lehigh Valley Comprehensive Plan lays out a strategy for considering a changing climate in its planning, including increased risk of flooding, and its commitment to producing an adaptation plan. It also examines its fuel sources and recommends strategies to increase energy efficiency, including the use of green infrastructure, and diversification of fuel types – including the use of solar energy.

Date Published: August 2014

The Regional Development Organization's Role in Disaster Recovery Webinar

This webinar, held on August 12, 2014, features speakers from three Regional Development Organizations (RDOs) that have been intensively involved in disaster recovery efforts. Presenters share their experiences, lessons learned, and recommendations for other RDOs seeking to engage in recovery work.

Date Published: August 2014

Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities

This product is the product of a technical assistance project with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the state of Vermont, and the Mad River Valley Planning District on how communities can recover from flood impacts and become more resilient to future disasters.

Date Published: July 2014

Online Mapping for Residents to view Hazard Potential

This online mapping tool, developed by the California Emergency Management Agency, features the "My Hazards" Web site, to help residents identify and prepare for natural hazards in their locality. The agency hopes that by identifying local risk, residents will increase their knowledge about natural disasters and take up preparedness efforts specific to their risk.

Date Published: May 2014

Best Practices in Local Mitigation Planning

This website, entitled Beyond the Basics is designed to help guide you through the process of developing or updating a local hazard mitigation plan that will meet the requirements for approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Date Published: May 2014

Lessons from the Storm: Case Studies on Economic Recovery and Resilience: New Orleans' Economic Recovery Story

This case study describes how four organizations – Greater New Orleans, Inc., The Idea Village, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and the Downtown Development District of New Orleans – banded together after the New Orleans region was hit hard by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike and used EDA funding to diversify the economy by capitalizing on its unique competitive advantages, including its vibrant downtown and creative culture.

Date Published: May 2014

Implementing Your Community Resiliency and Recovery Strategy: From a Policy and System Perspective Webinar

This webinar, held on April 24, 2014, features staff at the Center for Hazards Research and Policy Development at the University of Louisville sharing their experience developing a statewide policy and planning framework for resiliency and recovery planning.

Date Published: April 2014

Integrating Water Into Local and Regional Sustainability Planning

This document features case stories of nine Sustainable Communities grant communities that are successfully integrating water into their local and regional sustainability planning efforts. The projects demonstrate ways that water-related challenges and opportunities can be a key part of planning for a region's long-term economic competitiveness, quality of place, and livability.

Date Published: April 2014

Using Community and Economic Development Strategies to Build Disaster Resilient Economies Webinar

This webinar, held on April 8, 2014, features leaders from east central Iowa, Longmont, Colorado, and Springfield, Massachusetts discussing how they are rebuilding and protecting their economic assets, including downtowns and key industries. The presenters discuss targeting growth to safe locations; encouraging walkable, mixed-use design; providing recovery funding and preparedness training to businesses; upgrading infrastructure; encouraging economic diversification; and promoting regional partnerships and coordinated planning.

Date Published: April 2014

Ecological Limits of Hydrologic Alteration in Dane County, WI Streams Report

This scientific report considers the effect of groundwater withdrawal on the flow of streams and rivers. The framework provides a consistent method for evaluating potential flow alterations to balance extractive water uses with ecological requirements.

Date Published: February 2014

Framework for Natural Resources in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional draft framework summarizes issues facing Northwest Michigan’s land and water resources, while highlighting best practices and tools available to protect and preserve the prosperity, economic benefits, and high quality of life provided by the region’s land and water resources. The document provides information on the quality of land and water natural resources, invasive species, and threatened and endangered species

Date Published: January 2014

Our Next Future: An Action Plan for Building a Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Pioneer Valley

This plan provides a vision for a more vibrant, competitive, sustainable and equitable Pioneer Valley region in Western MA. It is designed to achieve success through promoting collaboration of communities on a regional basis.

Date Published: January 2014

Spotlight on Large Urban Counties

This report, from NACo, profiles how large urban counties in the U.S. are driving economic recovery, fostering community resilience and pioneering new approaches to public service.

Date Published: January 2014

Chicago Regional Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit

This toolkit provides climate adaptation resources for jurisdictions within the Chicago metropolitan area.

Date Published: January 2014

HUD's Sustainable Housing Initiatives and the Better Building Challenge Expansion to Multifamily Webinar

This webinar, held on December 13, 2013, contains an overview of HUD’s sustainable housing initiatives, with a focus on new initiatives launched with the President’s Climate Action Plan last summer, including the expansion of the Better Buildings Challenge to include multifamily residential buildings.

Date Published: December 2013

Read East Central Iowa's Flood Recovery Story in 'Lessons from the Storm: Case Studies on Economic Recovery and Resilience'

This case study describes how the East Central Iowa Council of Governments used its EDA funding to hire two disaster recovery coordinators and create a revolving loan fund to help businesses purchase property and equipment and access working capital after the devastating floods of 2008.

Date Published: November 2013

Lessons from the Storm: Case Studies on Economic Recovery and Resilience: Southwest Arkansas

This series highlights how regional development organizations have used 2008 disaster recovery funds from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to address the impacts of natural disasters, become more resilient to future events, and increase long-term economic competitiveness and quality of life in their regions.  The first case study describes the Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District’s efforts to create a comprehensive database of business and infrastructure information that will help its partner communities prepare for and rebound from future natural disasters.

Date Published: October 2013

Digital Coast: Tools to Promote County Resilience

This guide introduces a resource for coastal counties from NACo.   Digital Coast: Tools to Promote County Resilience provides an overview of Digital Coast, a suite of tools to analyze and communicate coastal natural resource management issues. This publication provides background on Digital Coast and describes specific tools available to counties and communities to address needs in three main topic areas.

Date Published: October 2013

Introduction to COAST-a tool for community-led climate adaptation planning Webinar

This webinar, held on September 19, 2013, features Sam Merrill from the New England Environmental Finance Center. He introduces participants to COAST, a free, interactive tool that is being used in communities around the country to evaluate the costs and benefits of various adaptation options to sea level rise and storm surge.

Date Published: September 2013

Increasing the Financial Resiliency of Your Region in a Disaster-Filled World Webinar

This webinar, held on July 19, 2013, helps participants consider their local governments’ financial vulnerability as well as their capacity to respond to future natural disasters based on research and lessons learned responding to tropical natural disasters along the Gulf Coast of the United States. Further, joint financial vulnerabilities between local governments in a region are identified and strategies provided for how individual local governments can increase financial capacity that improves financial resiliency for the overall region.

Date Published: July 2013

Climate Resilience Evaluation & Awareness Tool (CREAT)

Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) is an interactive software tool designed for water and wastewater utilities to assess the risk of potential climate change impacts on their assets, operations, and missions and to develop adaptation plans.

Date Published: May 2012

Preparing for Change: Tools, Strategies and Opportunities for Assessing Community Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change

This guide addresses tools and strategies to reduce the negative consequences of climate change on vulnerable communities. The guide briefly discusses how the tools and strategies could be adapted to assess coastal zones and water resources.

Date Published: March 2012

Green Infrastructure

SCI Snapshots: Green Infrastructure

This compilation of brief snapshot entries provides an overview of the best practices in green infrastucture from the 143 HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees.

Date Published: December 2015

Green Infrastructure and the Sustainable Communities Initiative

This report provides a broad overview of the principles and benefits of green infrastructure, as well as 30 case studies detailing the green infrastructure development undertaken by Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees.

Date Published: February 2015

Using Green Infrastructure to Meet Clean Water Act Consent Decree Requirements Webinar

This webinar, held on November 12, 2014, discusses how communities are using green infrastructure approaches to address U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consent decrees to clean up combined sewer overflows (CSOs) – and achieving cost savings and additional community benefits as a result. Josh Rivard from the Center for Infrastructure Research at University of Louisville shares case stories from Louisville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Saint Louis, and he outlines the basic steps involved in taking this new approach to compliance efforts.

Date Published: November 2014

Enhancing Sustainable Communities with Green Infrastructure

This guide, released by the EPA Office of Sustainable Communities, helps community leaders and stakeholders incorporate green infrastructure strategies into transformative plans for their communities. By highlighting strategies that help manage stormwater while also achieving other environmental, public health, social, and economic benefits, the guide provides a framework for communities to make the most of their limited investments.

Date Published: November 2014

SCLA: Transition to Implementation 2 - Presentation: The Tomorrow Plan

This presentation features the Tomorrow Plan. Cities like Philadelphia and Cincinnati have made headlines in recent years for their innovative approaches to complying with federal Clean Water Act consent decrees. By using green infrastructure to help abate combined sewer overflows (CSOs), cities are saving money, reducing water pollution, and achieving an array of important social benefits.

Date Published: November 2014

Effective Financing Solutions: Paying for Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Projects Webinar

This webinar, held on May 13, 2014, features staff from the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center (UMD EFC) sharing the steps necessary to successfully finance stormwater and green infrastructure projects at the local level. Gleaning from EFC’s experience helping local governments in the Mid Atlantic find innovative ways to pay for stormwater and green infrastructure projects, presenters share case studies, tools, and important steps to achieving local implementation, since it is at the local level where the most innovative, effective, and transformative financing programs are being developed and implemented.

Date Published: May 2014

Green Infrastructure on Brownfields

This practice guide investigates innovative ways local governments and developers are working to install green infrastructure water management features on brownfield sites. With careful planning, many contaminated properties can be made safe for infiltration and water capture. In addition to the water management benefits, using GI opens the door to many additional sources of funding.

Date Published: April 2014

Green Infrastructure on Brownfields

This practice guide investigates innovative ways local governments and developers are working to install green infrastructure water management features on brownfield sites. With careful planning, many contaminated properties can be made safe for infiltration and water capture. In addition to the water management benefits, using GI opens the door to many additional sources of funding.

Date Published: April 2014

Thrive MSP 2040 Regional Plan for Sustainable Development

This Thrive MSP 2040 regional plan addresses issues that transcend any one neighborhood, city, or county, as Minneapolis-St. Paul builds and maintains a thriving metropolitan region. The Minneapolis-St. Paul region's investments provide an important economic foundation so all residents of the region can prosper.

Date Published: March 2014

Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency Vibrant NEO 2040 Final Plan & Vision

This regional vision and plan provide a plan to promote investment in Northeast Ohio's established communities by strengthening those communities, increasing transportation choices, preserving and protecting natural resources, and promoting governmental collaboration and efficiency.

Date Published: March 2014

Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual: A Process for Program Reform

This manual is intended to provide local leaders with the foundation for establishing and growing effective stormwater management programs that maximize the value and impact of every dollar invested in their communities.

Date Published: February 2014

Materials for Making Consent Decrees Work in Your Favor

These resources discuss how green infrastructure can be integrated into federal regulatory programs for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), combined sewer overflows (CSOs), and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).

Date Published: November 2013

Promoting Green Infrastructure: Strategies, Case Studies, and Resources

This guide, prepared for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission by the University of Louisville, gives an in-depth description of multiple strategies for implementing green infrastructure. Topics include funding and financing strategies (stormwater utility fees), regulatory strategies (zoning and design), and Incentive strategies (including tax abatements and credits).

Date Published: May 2013

Green Infrastructure Case Studies: Municipal Policies for Managing Stormwater with Green Infrastructure

This report presents the common trends in how 12 local governments developed and implemented stormwater policies to support green infrastructure. The local policies examined in this paper include interagency cooperation, enforcement and management issues and integration with state and federal regulations.

Date Published: March 2012

Case Studies for Stormwater Management on Compacted, Contaminated Soils in Dense Urban Areas

These case studies provide three examples of projects that successfully implemented stormwater management principles.

Date Published: March 2012

Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) for Northwest Region, VT

This regional plan for sustainable development provides a framework for the economic, social and environmental factors that influence and sustain growth and development in rural northwest Vermont.

Date Published: July 2015

Alternative Fuel Scenario Assessment for Centralina, NC and SC

This guidebook provides thorough information about alternative fuel filling station economics and technical best practices. It provides information on market considerations, analysis of fuel types, financial modeling, permitting and regulatory considerations, and design considerations. 

Date Published: January 2015

Envisioning Post Grant Success: 2014 SCI Grantee Convening Webinar

This webinar, held on June 26, 2014, features the next steps for a SCI grantee after developing a vision and identifying goals and strategies. How do you maintain momentum and see great ideas take shape on the ground? How do you maintain the energy created and funnel it toward targeted action? Create a road map for post-grant success by assessing strategic, organizational, capacity, and funding ability in the context of established vision and goals.

Date Published: December 2014

Sustainability Toolkit from Pioneer Valley, MA

This toolkit provides technical assistance and resources to help municipalities in the Pioneer Valley, MA region implement their Regional Plan for Sustainable Development by adopting strategies (including model policies, bylaws, and ordinances) to take action on climate change, promote use of clean energy sources, grow smarter, protect their environments, promote food security, and encourage use of green infrastructure.

Date Published: September 2014

Climate Change in Northern New Hampshire: Past, Present, and Future

This report provides historic and projected regional climate change data for the state along with strategies to help Northern NH communities adapt to and mitigate impacts of climate change. 

Date Published: August 2014

Climate Change in Southern New Hampshire: Past, Present, and Future

This report provides historic and projected regional climate change data for the state along with strategies to help Southern NH communities adapt to and mitigate impacts of climate change. 

Date Published: August 2014

Public Sites Renewable Energy Feasibility Study for Centralina, NC and SC

This guidebook provides information about the economics and basic technology of renewable energy. It includes descriptions of basic economics, tax incentives, and common deal structures in this industry, and provides six case studies which represent a variety of types of sites and technologies.

Date Published: August 2014

Regional Climate and Energy Plan for Lehigh Valley, PA

This energy and climate element of the Lehigh Valley Comprehensive Plan lays out a strategy for considering a changing climate in its planning, including increased risk of flooding, and its commitment to producing an adaptation plan. It also examines its fuel sources and recommends strategies to increase energy efficiency, including the use of green infrastructure, and diversification of fuel types – including the use of solar energy.

Date Published: August 2014

Framework for Energy in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional energy plan provides a roadmap for a resilient energy future for the region. The plan includes sections on potential resilient energy strategies, current regional energy usage, the major issues affecting energy choices for the region, and initiatives already underway in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to increase resilient energy.

Date Published: January 2014

Orange Low-Impact Development Bylaws and Subdivision Regulations

These bylaws provide the zoning and property code for the Town of Orange, MA.

Date Published: January 2014

HUD's Sustainable Housing Initiatives and the Better Building Challenge Expansion to Multifamily Webinar

This webinar, held on December 13, 2013, contains an overview of HUD’s sustainable housing initiatives, with a focus on new initiatives launched with the President’s Climate Action Plan last summer, including the expansion of the Better Buildings Challenge to include multifamily residential buildings.

Date Published: December 2013

Planning for Livable Military Communities Regional Vision Report, Fort Worth, TX

This regional planning document summarizes key findings from the background studies on market, housing, transportation, and ordinance compatibility issues and highlights opportunities for collaboration among the 5 jurisdictions of the 'Planning for Livable Military Communities' study area surrounding Fort Worth, TX. The report also includes City Comprehensive Plan Visions which feature more specific goals, policies and actions in the core areas of land use, economic development, transportation and housing. These sections are intended as policy guides to assist the Cities of Lake Worth, River Oaks, Sansom Park, Westworth Village, and White Settlement in updating their full comprehensive plans and to complement the overarching strategies identified in the Regional Vision Report.

Date Published: October 2013

Economic Development Strategies for Small and Rural Communities: Ag-Based Renewable Energy Podcast

This podcast details how Kandiyohi County, Minnesota leveraged its agricultural industry and abundant natural resources to cultivate its agriculturally-based renewable energy industry.

Date Published: September 2013

Issue Brief: Introduction to Cargo-Oriented Development

This issue brief focuses on cargo-oriented development, an innovative transportation and land use planning concept that integrates freight, economic development, workforce development, and environmental programs in existing communities.

Date Published: April 2013

Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan for the Village of Oak Park, IL

The plan focuses on water supply issues with the goal of increasing water efficiency and promoting water conservation within village operations and among Oak Park residents and businesses. This plan also provides information on Oak Park's average day usage of water and percent use of their allocation from Lake Michigan. 

Date Published: April 2013

Rental Housing Energy Efficiency for Ann Arbor, MI

This report provides an overview of the City's efforts to increase energy efficiency in the community by targeting renters, who unlike homeowners have less of an incentive to invest in energy efficiency. It also provides a strategy and outreach plan that educates the community, uses voluntary, market-based, and policy approaches to spur efficiency investments in the rental housing market.

Date Published: February 2013

2012 Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities Summer Smarts Series

This series features eight sessions for SCI grantees.

Date Published: October 2012

Sustainable Food Systems

Agriculture and Healthy Communities Plan for Glens Falls, NY

This report highlights existing community health conditions, with a focus on availability of local healthy food, with a discussion of trends and vision for the future. The report highlights changing demographics and the growing aging population as well as the importance of value-added agriculture and local food processing to keep more wealth in community.

Date Published: June 2015

Delta Roots - The Mid-South Regional Food Systems Plan for East Arkansas

This food system plan assesses the potential for expanding value-added agriculture and the local food economy in the greater E. Arkansas/Memphis region. This report was a joint product of two HUD regional grantees: Shelby County, TN and E. Arkansas Economic and Development District.

Date Published: May 2015

Agriculture Assessment for Local and Regional Markets for Teton View, ID

This assessment evaluates the potential for developing local and regional agricultural production, processing, and marketing in the four county, Teton, Fremont, Madison (ID), and Teton (WY) counties. The report included analysis of existing conditions through interview, focus groups, surveys and examination of data as well as recommendations for expanding potential.

Date Published: March 2015

Local Food Access Study for Washtenaw County, MI

This report provides an analysis of local food systems. It also provides conclusions and recommendations regarding distribution, community commercial kitchens, and food storage.

Date Published: March 2015

Fresh Food Studies for Lehigh Valley, PA

These documents provide information on how Lehigh Valley is growing its local food economy and includes a Food Economy Assessment and policy recommendations.

Date Published: December 2014

Building an Inclusive Regional Food Economy: Lessons from Central Minnesota's Choose Health Program Webinar

This webinar, held on November 13, 2014, is hosted by the NADO Research Foundation. It addresses the intersection between local food, public health, and regional resilience, by exploring Central Minnesota’s Choose Health program. The Choose Health program is one of several regional initiatives that is growing the region’s local food economy and increasing access to healthy food options for disadvantaged populations.

Date Published: November 2014

Capitol Region Plan for Conservation and Development

This plan is a general guide for the future conservation and development of the greater Hartford, CT area. Its individual chapters provide an overview of the many factors that influence the regional development pattern, and the choices available as they move into the future.

Date Published: October 2014

Sustainability Toolkit from Pioneer Valley, MA

This toolkit provides technical assistance and resources to help municipalities in the Pioneer Valley, MA region implement their Regional Plan for Sustainable Development by adopting strategies (including model policies, bylaws, and ordinances) to take action on climate change, promote use of clean energy sources, grow smarter, protect their environments, promote food security, and encourage use of green infrastructure.

Date Published: September 2014

Food Systems Assessment for Centralina, NC and SC

This guide provides information about a process for community engagement for use by municipal and county officials seeking to increase wealth and strengthen community development by building and supporting local and regional food systems. This guide lays out a process for building capacity to take successful action and suggests some areas where actions might be taken first.

Date Published: August 2014

Food Value Chains: Creating Shared Value to Enhance Marketing Success

This document is designed to provide guidance on how food value chains are initiated and structured, how they function, and the benefits they provide to participants, with the intent of encouraging their adoption where the opportunities for successful collaboration exist among organizations with compatible principles and complementary areas of expertise.

Date Published: July 2014

Local Food Implementation Plan for Southwestern, WI - Delicious Driftless Fare Festival

This document summarizes the work required in the months preceding the Delicious Driftless Fare (DDF) event, and which were viewed as necessary for successful replication of the event in future years. The DDF was a one-day event that showcased the region's produce and specialty crop producers and local artistic talent and was part of an overall effort by Grow Southwest to identify and capitalize on local resources, to better produce local energy and food, minimize commutes, and maximize local employment in Grant, Green, Lafayette, Iowa, and Richland counties.

Date Published: March 2014

Framework for Food and Farming in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional food and farming framework is a draft plan to ensure continued viability of the region’s food and farming economy. The plan includes information on agricultural land and production, the farm economy and regional food system, the agricultural workforce, food access and health, and strategies to address local food and farming related issues.

Date Published: January 2014

Sacramento Valley Food HUB Feasibility Study and Cost Estimate

This report provides an initial cost estimate and feasbility analysis for creating a food hub in the Sacramento Valley.

Date Published: October 2013

Local Food District Video for Central Ohio

This video provides information about the triple benefits of the Food District at Weinland Park in Columbus, OH. The video showcases the food district's processing plant that will generate jobs and revenue, the food bank contributions, and the immense community benefits. 

Date Published: August 2013

Issue Brief: Incorporating Healthy Community Strategies into the Planning Process

This Issue Brief connects the concepts of healthy communities and community planning. The design of our neighborhoods determines how we get from place to place, where we get our food, where we play, where we seek medical help and how we interact with others. Our access to these opportunities in turns affects our physical and mental health, and evidence is mounting that the built environment has a significant effect on many of our nation’s most severe public health challenges. As a result, the people responsible for planning our communities have found a new ally with public health professionals, and collaborations are forming around the country to integrate health considerations into planning decisions and processes.

Date Published: February 2013

Urban Farmscapes Report for Central Ohio

This report provides information on different innovative structures and operational plans for local food industries. The report showcases different models for local food production that focus on health, job creation, education, and increased standard of living. 

Date Published: October 2011

Food Hub Feasibility Study for Southern Wisconsin

This feasibility study provides information on the market viability for an aggregation, storage, and distribution facility that connects growers in southern Wisconsin to buyers in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. It also provides survey data and recommended next steps. 

Date Published: September 2011

Local Food Enterprise Report for South Madison, WI

This market feasibility study provides an analysis of food access and potential commercial grocery opportunities in the Southdale and Indian Springs neighborhoods of Madison, WI. It also provides survey data of residents and recommendations for securing a food enterprise in the area. 

Date Published: August 2011

Local Food Business Plan for Central Ohio

This food assessment and plan provides information on all components of a regional food system in 12 central Ohio counties, to make policy recommendations to local governments on food decisions. This assessment is a tool that enables working groups of local practitioners to collect and analyze food and agricultural data to identify resources and connect dots to strengthen the region's economy, coordinate local food efforts, and encourage pro-agriculture policy. 

Date Published: April 2010