Citadels has identified and tested for feasibility, a model for the circular economy that is made up of walkable towns of approximately 80 acres and 3,000 people -- the basic building block, surrounded by large buffers of nature (240 acres) for water and carbon storage, as well as wildfire protection. These buffers can produce upto 70% of a community's food, and provide residents with carbon positive lifestyles (i.e. sequestering).
The key metrics of a circular community are not just ecological, but also feature the superior health and wellness of the residents. Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) can affect the design of places, as well as the operational efficiency of the community. By working together with the environmental stewards, health and wellness partners can shape the future health of the residents.
Congress for New Urbanism
Institutions seek to reduce healthcare costs by improving the health and well-being of their employees, patients, visitors and neighbors. The CNU Health Districts project builds on this momentum to find solutions that remove the barriers between neighborhoods and health systems, and encourage collaboration among the professions of urban design and health planning and architecture. The Circular Economy project seeks to expand these elements to include the environment and environmental stewards in providing on-site resources and services. Click here to connect with the Central Texas Chapter of CNU.
American Planning Association
Health Impact Assessment's Role in Planning, including its Green Communities Center:
Click here for links to the APA's HIA page. You will find:
- A report on the state of HIA in planning
- An issue brief that highlights the value of HIA in planning practice
- A toolkit for integrating HIA into the planning process
Urban Land Institute
“Agrihoods”—which are development-supported agriculture or residential developments that revolve around working farms, and which usually include eateries featuring farm-to-table food or agriculture-based activities—are growing in number. McMahon estimates that 200 agrihoods exist across the country. They create a sense of community, produce nourishing food, and reinforce locavore and farm-to-table movements. Even if an entire organic farm is not part of a master plan, community gardens and edible landscaping usually are.