Food Cycle Coalition
Asset Mapping Survey and Strategic Planning Report Released
28 organizations in the state, composed of nonprofits, government agencies, colleges and universities, and solid waste districts were surveyed for the Asset Mapping Project. Surveyed organizations were asked to identify assets in 7 areas: Personnel, Expertise, Constituents, Networks & Partners, Space & Facilities, Materials & Equipment, and Additional Leverage Areas. The survey was designed to:
- Ensure identification of the major organizations that can serve as statewide Universal Recycling assets
- Identify key alliances and networks that can support and promote Food Cycle Coalition initiatives
- Assess the strengths and gaps of organizations’ assets and the network of organizational assets as a whole
- Develop insights and recommendations for how to improve local/regional conditions that support Universal Recycling goals and implementation
- Catalyze action to meet local and regional needs to ensure comprehensive Universal Recycling implementation
- Estimate the economic value of identified assets
The results of the Asset Mapping, and a list of gaps gleaned from the survey and previous planning efforts, were then used to jump start a day-long strategic planning session with stakeholders. The day-long planning session also identified Universal Recycling implementation initiatives that the food system could provide.
The Asset Mapping and the outcomes from the strategic planning session summarized in this report serve three primary purposes:
- Guide and inform future Food Cycle Coalition Task Force projects
- Assist the efforts of the Agency of Natural Resources, Vermont Organics Partnership (VOP) and others to meet Vermont’s Universal Recycling goals
- Advance and achieve Farm to Plate goals and outcomes.