Community & Economic Development
Number of Programs: 3
The Economic Analysis of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems websiteintroduces basic techniques that can be applied to analyze the economic viability of sustainable agricultural and food systems. The site aims to provide clear explanations of both how to do the analysis and what assumptions must be met. This site frequently relies on links to other good sites, both to explain these techniques and to provide helpful data and examples. The basic areas covered are:
- Profitability Using Budgets
- Environmental Indicators
- Environmental Values
- Environment-Profit Trade-Offs
- Business Planning
Michigan State University Extension is an educational leader in providing support to communities in green and sustainable economic development. Through programs like Stronger Economies Together, MSU Extension facilitates the development of an economic development plan in two regions in the state. Extension educators help counties work together in developing strong economic blueprints that strengthen relationships, build trust and capacity and strengthen "social capital."
The Mid-Michigan Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a sustainability toolkit designed for planners, developers, community leaders, and the general public concerning the planning of future development in the Tri-County Area and how it impacts our health. Specifically, it uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs to help inform users why or why not a particular development should be built in a specific location.