June 21, 2011; 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EDT)
The NADO Research Foundation is sponsoring a two-part webinar series exploring how regional development organizations are incorporating sustainability principles into their regional planning processes.
The first webinar, “Land-Based Sustainable Development Strategies in Western North Carolina”, was held on Tuesday, June 21, from 2pm – 3pm EDT and featured two initiatives of the Land-of-Sky Regional Council (Asheville, NC). Linda Giltz, Regional Planner at Land-of-Sky, described the Linking Lands and Communities Project, a four-county, multidisciplinary program to help guide land use decisions across the landscape by identifying and mapping the region’s most valuable natural and cultural resources. Erica Anderson, also a Regional Planner at Land-of-Sky, discussed the Western North Carolina Forest Products Cooperative Marketing Project, a program that builds the capacity of forest producers to sustainably pursue a variety of forest enterprises using a bottom-up planning and economic development approach guided by forest producers and by forest product consumers.
The recording of the webinar and a PDF of the presentations are available for download here.