CDC Releases New Built Environment Assessment Tool

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a Built Environment Assessment Tool (BE Tool) and manual. The tool is geared towards community program staff and evaluators who need help knowing where to begin when evaluating the built environment. Based on determinations of relevance by subject matter experts, the tool assesses core features of the built environment, such …

Ogdensburg, NY Ranks #1 in Complete Streets Policies

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Smart Growth America released a report on the Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014 in February. Ranked at number one was the Complete Streets policy of Ogdensburg, NY, on the basis of a scoring methodology that looked at elements like vision and intent.  Ogdensburg Mayor William Nelson, commenting on this accomplishment, said, “A Complete Streets policy is a key part …

2015 Center for Active Design: Excellence Awards

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The Center for Active Design has put out a call for entries for its 2015 Excellence Awards. Awards will be presented for entries in the categories of Research and Evaluation and Built Projects. Entries will be assessed based on the success of the project’s innovation in the following Active Design concepts: Active Buildings, Active Transportation, Food Access, and Active Recreation. …

Applying the Food Truck Phenomenon to Food Access

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The food truck business has gained in popularity throughout cities in the United States. Everything from kimchi tacos to gourmet grilled cheese.  While some food trucks focus on serving fun, prepared foods, some social entrepreneurs see the food truck as an opportunity to sell fresh, locally grown, and affordable produce in underserved communities. Two such endeavors, The BLK ProjeK  and …