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Penn State land-use planning webinars continue this fall

Posted: August 15, 2014

How can planners work to enhance community food systems? How can we design communities in ways that promote health? These are some questions explored in Penn State Extension's webinar series on land-use planning and decision-making this fall. Two of the speakers in this fall's line-up are members of the Northeast Regional Center's signature food-system project team.

Upcoming titles in the series include:

How Can Planners Work To Enhance Community Food Systems?

  • Date: Wednesday, September 17, 12:00 noon - 1:15 p.m.
  • Presenter/s: Linda Berlin, University of Vermont Extension and member of the EFSNE team; Neal Fogle, Penn State Extension
  • Moderator: Peter Wulfhorst, Penn State Extension Educator-Pike County
  • Description: Efforts to address community problems (e.g. health issues, environmental issues, or social concerns) result in varying degrees of success. What works in one community can fail miserably in another. The Community Readiness Model (CRM) provides an innovative approach to assessing a community’s awareness of a problem and its preparedness to change. This webinar will describe how the CRM works, and provide an example of using it to address food access for communities in the Northeastern U.S.

Planning for Healthy Communities: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

  • Date: Wednesday, October 15, 12:00 noon - 1:15 p.m.
  • Presenter/s: Heather Mikulas, Extension Educator – Allegheny County and member of the EFSNE team; Peter Wulfhorst, Extension Educator – Pike County
  • Moderator: John Turack, Penn State Extension Educator - Westmoreland County
  • Webinar Description: The United States ranks 37th amongst industrial nations with regard to a healthy population. Communities nationwide are recognizing the critical link between our built environments and public health. This webinar will discuss the importance of how communities plan their land use, food systems, transportation and natural resource protection can affect the health of the people in the community.
  • Date: Wednesday, November 19, 12:00 noon - 1:15 p.m.
  • Presenter/s: Liesel Dreisbach, Extension Educator – Northampton County; Neal Fogle, Extension Educator – Northumberland County & John Turack, Extension Educator – Westmoreland County
  • Moderator: Peter Wulfhorst, Penn State Extension Educator-Pike County
  • Webinar Description: Communities consist of a variety of generational cohorts, with each of these groups having distinct characteristics. Understanding these characteristics is vital for effectively engaging all age groups of people in planning processes, and later encouraging their volunteerism for the implementation of planned community projects. Descriptions of considerations and options to promote public interest in planning and the implementation of plans will be provided. Actual examples of youth and adult programs that have been used for education and successful public engagement will be presented.

The series is designed to benefit land owners, farmers, elected and appointed officials, developers, and community members who are involved in decision-making processes regarding using or preserving natural resources. Two of the webinar speakers in the line-up include members of the Northeast Regional Center's signature food-system project, Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast.