Building sustainable food communities

How can a new urban development integrate a sustainable food system? This was the question posed to our team by property developers building a Master Planned Community that will eventually house up to 50,000 people. A circular food economy design, coupled with digital capability known as ‘Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability’ (ICT4S) will provide a framework for this new, localised food system. This approach reduces waste and captures bioeconomic value through nutrient recycling and ensure all nodes are connected to a digital platform owned by the community. Key features will include community composting with a credit scheme to incentivise engagement, urban agriculture, school food programs and community engagement around growing and selling food. The project is in the early design phase and will be implemented in 2019, starting with a community engagement phase to co-design the key steps toward Australia’s first ‘sustainable food city’.



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