The Future of Food Systems Planning: Panel, Discussion, Dinner

What is the future of food systems planning?

The success of the food movement has gained traction nationally. Yet, there are still many structural dimensions of the food system that have negatively impact people, health, and the environment. What comes next in food systems planning? How do we get there? Join Healthy Places GSD for cocktails, a panel with practitioners, policy experts, and academics, and a delicious vegetarian meal provided by Roxbury-based Fresh Food Generation. We will be discussing some of the changing opportunities, challenges, and contradictions in the movement to create a more sustainable and more just food system.

Friday, April 20, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Harvard University Center for the Environment
26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Seeing Dorchester Grow with the Urban Farming Institute

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On Saturday, November 18th, the Healthy Places GSD student group ventured out to Dorchester to visit the Urban Farming Institute of Boston (UFI). The organization has been turning empty lots into urban farms, which become part of a community land trust. UFI uses these green spaces celebrate Boston’s diverse food cultures, train farmers, educate others about the benefits of urban farming, and advocate for it on the state and local levels. Learn more about the Urban Farming Institute here.

We give a special thanks to Barbara Knecht, the Project Leader for Farm Site Development at the Institute and a former Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, for making this event possible.

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Healthy Places GSD Happy Hour

Meet students interested in health and the built environment. Learn about their experiences and exchange ideas while enjoying food and drinks. Appetizers will be provided by Healthy Places GSD.

Friday, October 13, 2017
5:30 PM

John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House
33 Dunster Street
Cambridge, MA

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Creating Healthy Places: The Role of Planning & Design in Promoting Health

The environments in which people live and work can have longstanding consequences for their health. Efforts to better understand these connections have spawned a growing body of research and intervention in the public health, planning and design fields.

This lecture reviews existing knowledge on the connections between health and the design of the built environment and how these lessons are being applied to improve the health of residents in the Greater Boston Region.

Speakers:

  • Ann Forsyth, Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD)
  • Barry Keppard, Public Health Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)

Thursday, September 21, 2017
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Room 109, Gund Hall