I once participated a long time ago while completing my Master's degree in Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii - so I guess I'm more "new" in this situation. Have spent the last two decades working in philanthropic/non-profit/NGO field - and have just begun work on a research project in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii. My project is researching social and economic impacts of the development of small hydropower on the island of Hawaii. Specifically, looking at a model project where a "family of farms" will use hydro to allow for expansion of cold storage of fresh produce - later may include other ag products. May provide a model for other small hydro projects on the island(s).
Have background in exercise physiology prior to Urban Planning, definitely interested in following threads such as "Healthy Community Planning" and "Obesity and the Built Environment" - would like to explore planning issues as they relate to promotion of sustainable, local agriculture.