Dr. Deborah Howe, PHD, FAICP, Department Chair, Department of Community and Regional Planning and David Swedkowski, Teaching Assistant and Graduate student at Temple University
Ivery Boston, Jillian R. Brainard, Zachary E. Fowler, Jacob F. Kratz, Jennifer L. Krouchick, Linda E. Malinowski, Sean P. Maxwell, Kristen Marie McEntee, Laura E. Pennington, Matt Sivel, Christine L. Thomas, Jill Tiernan, Natalie T. Vu, Mateusz Zochowski
In early January 2014, a diverse group of members of the Norristown community came together and expressed a shared interest in the future of the Municipality’s food system. They solicited the services of Temple University’s Undergraduate Planning Studio to conduct an assessment of Norristown’s food system.
With this context in mind, the students embarked on an assessment of Norristown’s food system on behalf of the community group, which became known as the Norristown Food System Task Force. The students met with this group early in the semester to glean information from their diverse perspectives on food in Norristown to develop the areas of focus for the study. Once the dimensions of the study were determined, the students documented existing conditions and provided recommendations relative to these four areas which included: transportation infrastructure and food accessibility; food programs sponsored by the school district; urban agriculture; and emergency food services.
Professor Bradley Flamm, Center for Sustainable Communities embark on multi-municipal greenhouse gas study
The Center for Sustainable Communities will be taking a close look at ways municipalities and their residents can reduce greenhouse gases with support from a $79,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
“Working in partnership with Swarthmore College, we will be conducting a multi-municipal greenhouse gas inventory and strategy analysis. We’ll be conducting carbon footprint analysis and exploring what communities can do to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Dr. Jeffrey Featherstone, Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities. “There are various agencies that are looking at the bigger picture with regard to greenhouse gases, including the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission which just completed a major regional greenhouse gas emissions inventory. We are concentrating on studies of individual townships. In Pennsylvania, that’s where most decisions are being made that influence greenhouse gases.”
Community and Regional Planning students envision future of the Fort Washington Office Park
Landscape Architecture senior Amy Reese and Community and Regional Planning graduate student Shane Godshall with with GIS specialist Md. Mahbubur R. Meenar and A.S.M. Abdul Bari on a project to re-envision the Fort Washington Office Park.
The Fort Washington Office Park a location that employs 14,000 people is suffering from a crisis of age.
Originally developed in the mid-1950s, the 563 acre office park in Upper Dublin Township was one of the first of its type in suburban Philadelphia. Built within a natural basin, many of the buildings were erected long before there were laws in place to prevent building within floodplains.
Philadelphia Metro Area Hunger Relief and Community Food Access Study
The Philadelphia Metro Area Hunger Relief and Community Food Access Study is a joint collaboration of the Center for Sustainable Communities and Philabundance, a non-profit food distribution system fighting hunger while reducing food waste.
The study will assess the spatial relationship between hunger and the distribution of hunger relief services in Philadelphia metro area (Delaware Valley Region - five counties of PA and five counties of NJ).
The purpose of this study is to identify areas of need without access to services and those areas without sufficient service capacity to address the present levels of need for households in low income neighborhoods.