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Adrian Morley: Establishing the Food-Smart City Project


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Adrian Morley's presentation to the Birmingham Sustainability Forum on 17th September 2013

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Adrian Morley: Establishing the Food-Smart City Project

  1. 1. Establishing the Food-Smart City Project Adrian Morley, Food Smart City Project Manager, Universities West Midlands Presentation for the Birmingham Sustainability Forum event ‘IMPROVING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD - THE CHALLENGE FOR BIRMINGHAM’, 17th Sept 2013
  2. 2. What is a Food-Smart City? "a city or metropolitan area that harnesses its potential to maximise the social, economic and environmental benefits of its food system whilst also supporting its rural hinterland and contributing towards global food security and sustainability."
  3. 3. Aim “To establish a collaboration between the universities in the West Midlands that will lead to the creation of a long-term partnership that will provide, through education, research and knowledge transfer, the expertise to establish the Food-Smart City concept as an achievable proposition.”
  4. 4. Universities West Midlands • Not-for-profit membership organisation working in support of the 12 universities in the West Midlands. • It aims to foster collaborative solutions and strong partnerships in support of economic, social and cultural wellbeing
  5. 5. Collaborative Outputs
  6. 6. Project Phases I) Mapping II) Conceptual III) Facilitation
  7. 7. Mapping Phase • Map and understand the various initiatives being undertaken in the West Midlands • Map and understand the West Midland’s ‘Food DNA’
  8. 8. Mapping Phase • Birmingham Residents spend approximately £22.5 Million every week on Food & Non-alcoholic drink – excluding eating out. • 2,885 Food Businesses registered in Birmingham, employing 117,000 people with an Annual Turnover of £7,960 billion
  9. 9. Conceptual Phase • Identify and describe what a Food-Smart City should look like • Undertake a Gap Analysis to identify differences between conventional and Food-Smart Cities • Understand the potential for integration with other urban sustainability concepts and practices
  10. 10. Conceptualising a Food-Smart City Vs
  11. 11. Collaborative Activities • Public Engagement Events • Themed Publications • Research Networks • Joint Funding Bids • Research Projects • Education / Training Courses
  12. 12. Adrian Morley Food Smart City Project Manager @foodsmartcity