City Food Policy Advisors Kick Plans into Action

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • The role that seven city Food Policy Advisors play in integrating food and agriculture into city plans, maps, and policies
  • The importance of bringing food and agriculture into city processes ranging from land use, transportation, sustainability, comprehensive planning and policy
  • Food planning successes and failures from a host of trailblazers


In a panel session, seven city Food Policy Advisors will answer questions about their experience integrating food into city planning. Attendees will be exposed to city food planning trends along with each city’s creative approach. Ms. Karen Banks from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future will moderate. Ms. Banks will ask each question, one at a time, allowing for all seven panelists to respond before moving on to the next question. Each Food Policy Advisor will have approximately three minutes to answer each of the following questions:


·       Discuss how food planning fits within the organizational structure of government. (20 minutes)

·       What data have you had to create to integrate food into planning? (20 minutes)

·       How would you describe the value that you provide to local government? (20 minutes)


The Food Policy Advisors will discuss how their cities are incorporating food into the following types of plans: Urban Agriculture, Sustainability, Climate Action, Resilience, Transportation, Comprehensive Plans, Walkable Access to Healthy Food, Community Health Plans, Affordable Housing, School Food, and Built Environment; and how food environment mapping is incorporated into plans. Afterwards, Ms. Banks will moderate a 15 minute Q & A session with all panelists and the audience.


Amanda Wagner , City of Philadelphia , Philadelphia , PA (see bio)
Shelly Danko Day , City of Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh , PA (see bio)
Holly Freishtat , City of Baltimore Planning Dept , Baltimore , MD (see bio)
Molly Hartman , NYC Office of the Mayor , New York , NY (see bio)
Tamara Downs Schwei , City of Minneapolis , Minneapolis , MN (see bio)
Edwin Marty , Austin , TX (see bio)
Karen Banks , Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future , Baltimore , MD (see bio)
Laine Cidlowski , AICP , Washington , DC (see bio)