We believe healthier places and systems lead to better health for people.

Our projects pull together many systems that affect the social determinants of health: How we feed ourselves, how we educate our children, how we produce energy and maintain natural resources, how we design buildings and reclaim our neighborhood spaces, and how we build community. We attend to these systems simultaneously to cultivate the health of neighborhoods and residents’ well-being. Economically-thriving neighborhoods filled with healthy people are the building blocks of resilient cities.

Designing Sustainable Neighborhoods and Communities
Working collaboratively with residents, public and private groups, and government partners, we strengthen neighborhoods by transforming space. With restorative environmental design, we create green spaces for people of all ages to gather, enjoy nature and engage in physical activity. We design infrastructure that maintains local natural resources. Our work promotes civic ecology, land stewardship and biophilia.

Fostering Healthy Community and Economic Development
We serve as a direct catalyst for economic development by providing opportunities for employment, skills development and entrepreneurship during our projects. We also encourage compatible, neighboring development as a springboard for a community’s economic growth.

 Strengthening Local Food Systems
We unite residents with land design, urban agriculture expertise and green infrastructure to develop community and regional food systems that are healthy for the people and the planet. Our projects often involve community gardening, CSA farms and entrepreneurial-scale urban agriculture as well as educational programs on food cultivation and production.

Crafting Lifelong Learners
Center for Resilient Cities engages people of all ages in learning in order to support individual and community resilience. Our educational opportunities are designed to complement the needs of the community. Though youth development has been a focus through school programs, summer camps, after school activities and more, we have also helped start parent/educator workshops, community center classes and other community-based learning programs.

This connected approach to places and systems helps to catalyze sustainable change.