EPA LFLP


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EPA LFLP


LoCAL FOODS, LOCAL PLACES PROGRAM

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Sustainable Communities

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Large, small, urban and rural communities across the country are looking for ways to more effectively incorporate and plan for local food systems to support a wide range of environmental, economic development and public health goals. Working the EPA, the Appalachian Regional Commission, US Department of Agriculture, and several other federal agencies, Renaissance helped develop the Local Foods, Local Places program to help address these needs.  

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The program provides “quick hit” strategic planning to help a given community identify key stakeholders; prioritize local food, downtown revitalization, public health, job growth and placemaking goals and develop a plan of action to achieve those goals. Renaissance team members use case studies and best practice presentations combined with interactive food system mapping and place-making design exercises to facilitate knowledge sharing and local capacity building in a workshop-style setting. We identify short and long term next steps as well as federal, state and local funding resources to support implementation.

Since 2013, Renaissance team members have worked on behalf of EPA and its partner agencies to deliver technical assistance to more than 40 communities nationwide to help them advance their local food and local placemaking initiatives. A recent video produced by EPA highlights the ongoing successes of the community of Corbin, Kentucky that received the Local Foods, Local Places technical assistance in 2014.  

Featured Press & Blog Posts: 

Local Foods, Local Places Empowers Creative Economic Development in Rural and Urban Communities

Keeping it Local (Renaissance Blog) 

New Resources for Local Foods Planning

 

EPA Building Blocks


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EPA Building Blocks


sustainable communities building blocks technical assistance

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Sustainable Communities

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The Building Blocks program provides quick, targeted technical assistance during a two-day workshop to communities across the country to help them implement a wide range of smart growth strategies. Many of the 79 communities Renaissance has served through 2016 are small or distressed cities and towns that lack the resources to bring in outside consultants.

The workshops help local stakeholders identify and create strategies to implement solutions that protect the environment, sustain local economies, expand transportation choices and improve overall quality of life. Each workshop is supported by a set of tools with best practices and policy approaches. At the conclusion of each workshop, we work together to develop an action plan. 

Renaissance has lead four rounds of the technical assistance and helped develop tools for the following smart growth topics: Walkability, Complete Streets, Preferred Growth Areas, Sustainable Design and Development, Rural and Small Town Smart Growth, Infill Development, Equitable Development, Bikeshare, and Flood Resiliency.  The Building Blocks program orients many of its deliveries towards the development of a community action plan, modeled after the Local Foods, Local Places toolkit, which we helped develop. 

EPA Equitable Development


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EPA Equitable Development


equitable development & sustainable design technical assistance: MACON, GA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)