Conway student project receives American Planning Association award

The American Planning Association – Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA)Awards Committee has selected a Conway student project to receive a Student Project Award for an outstanding planning project.

Christina Gibson and Jamie Pottern, who graduated in June, completed Building Local Food

Jamie Pottern ’12 and Christina Gibson ’12 with Brooke Redmond (Founding Executive Director, Farm-Based Education Association, at left) and Gabrielle White (Concord’s Public Health Inspector, at right) following a presentation of their project last year.

Connections: A Community Food System Assessment for Concord, Massachusetts as their winter term project at Conway last year.

“It’s encouraging to see APA publicly recognize a plan that is entirely devoted to the complex process of relocalizing food systems,” says Christina. “The Concord community really hoped to set a positive example with this report, so I’m happy for them and grateful to have been involved.”

APA-MA’s awards program is “the state’s highest honor for planning professionals.” It was “established years ago to recognize outstanding comprehensive plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues. These efforts help create communities and neighborhoods of lasting value throughout Massachusetts.”

The report is available to read online: Building Local Food Connections: A Community Food System Assessment for Concord, Massachusetts.

The APA-MA 2012 Annual Awards will go to thirteen recipients state-wide, who will be recognized at an annual awards luncheon later this month. The APA-MA press release lists other projects selected for this honor.