We Are What We Eat: Food Systems and the Healthy City
2014 William R. And June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly, Pomona is seeking nominations for the 2014 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning. The Dale Prize recognizes planning excellence, creates dialogue between scholars and practitioners, and enriches the education of planning students. The Dale Prize is awarded in pairs: a $5,000 award to a scholar and a $5,000 award to a practitioner. Awardees spend two and a half days on the campus, meeting with students in formal and informal settings and participating in a colloquium presenting their work and findings.
The 2014 theme is: We Are What We Eat: Food Systems and the Healthy City. Planners have become involved in establishing “healthy city” policies and programs, involving many facets of how urban residents relate to their food. Planners’ professional appetites have been whetted: researchers and practitioners want to know how planning can help cities better accommodate the production of food (urban agriculture); facilitate food distribution (farmers markets, food cooperatives); identify, map and address food deserts and other food security issues; and reclaim energy and nutrients in food waste. In evolving collaborative relationships, planners mix it up with public health professionals, community organizers, sanitary engineers and diverse other partners to improve the food-related health of cities.
We are seeking a Dale Prize Scholar who has worked on food systems and the role of various aspects of the food cycle in cities of today and tomorrow. Can community gardens, home composting and fruit tree parks nourish increasing numbers of urban dwellers? Do nutritional oases supplant fast food outlets in low-income neighborhoods? What role are planners playing in changes to the urban food and food-waste economies? What role should they play?
We are seeking a Dale Prize Practitioner who is an active leader in areas of food justice or food security; or who has leadership experience with multi-disciplinary approaches to promoting healthy lifestyles and improving health outcomes at the urban scale; or who has innovated in practices relating to the city as an environment for food production, food distribution, or food-waste management.
Dale Prize events will be held February 4-6, 2014 on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. Nominations are due November 15, 2013. For more information. Contact Professor Richard Zimmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (714) 779-2889 (cell) with questions.