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The Dale Prize

We Are What We Eat: Food Systems and the Healthy City

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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 pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning:

Heather Wooten, Dale Prize Practitioner.  Ms. Wooten is a leader and advocate in urban food systems.  She is a program director at ChangeLab Solutions in Oakland California, where she researches best practices, develops tools, and works with communities to connect land use, economic development, and health.  She is a co-author of How to Create and Implement Healthy General Plans

Samina Raja Ph.D., Dale Prize Scholar  Dr. Raja is an internationally recognized leader and researcher on food systems.  She is the author of A Planners Guide to Community and Regional Food Planning: Transforming Food Environments, Facilitating Healthy Eating.  She established the Food Systems Planning and Health Communities Lab at the University at Buffalo and is a community leader on food issues.

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.

Dale Prize events will be held February 5 -6, 2014 on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. For more information, contact Laura Fujimoto-Hernandez at or (909) 869-2688

2014 Dale Prize Scholarship Announcement


University at Buffalo Article

ChangeLab Solutions Announcement











William R. Dale

william r. dale

William R. Dale, a planner with public agency experience in Florida, first came to Cal Poly Pomona in 1964. He was a founding faculty member of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and served as department chair.