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Meeting Date: 09/06/2022  
Co-Submitter: Stacey Brechler-Knaggs From: Kaeli Wells, Sustainability Specialist

Consideration and Approval of Grant Agreement:  Grant Agreement between the United States Department of Agriculture Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production for the Sustainable Community Food System project.
Accept the Grant Agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production grant for funds in the amount of $184,085.12. 
Executive Summary:
The Flagstaff Sustainability Division submitted a grant application in the amount of $184,085.12 to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (USDA UAIP) for the development of a comprehensive food systems assessment, innovative food business feasibility study, and Food Action Plan. 

If approved data collected from the comprehensive food systems assessment will inform the City’s food system commitments over the next decade and beyond to inform and engage decision-makers, key stakeholders, and the community at large, supporting the development of a more sustainable food system. This includes the development of a Food Action Plan, to establish goals and strategies for expanding urban agriculture and food access in the Flagstaff community.  
Financial Impact:
With the acceptance of this grant, the Flagstaff Sustainability Division will be awarded $184,085.12 to carry out the “Assessing and Growing a Sustainable Community Food System” initiative. There is no match requirement with this grant opportunity and the management of successful implementation will be absorbed into the food systems programming. 
Policy Impact:
These activities support strategies identified in the Carbon Neutrality Plan targeting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from Flagstaff’s food distribution, encouraging sustainable consumption, and improving food security. 
Connection to PBB Priorities/Objectives, Carbon Neutrality Plan & Regional Plan:
Priority Based Budget Key Community Priorities and Objectives
  • Sustainable, innovative infrastructure – Utilize existing long-range plans that identify the community’s future infrastructure needs and all associated costs. 
  • Environmental stewardship – Strengthen Flagstaff’s resilience to climate change impacts on built, natural, economic, health, & social systems 
  • Robust Resilient Community - Attract employers that provide high-quality jobs & have a low impact on infrastructure & natural resources. 
Carbon Neutrality Plan
  • MM-3: Divert more waste from the landfill.
  • MM-4: Reduce organic waste going to the landfill and feed hungry people.
Regional Plan
  • Goal E&C.2. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
There has not been a previous Council decision on this grant.
USDA UAIP Grant - Presentation
USDA NRCS Grant Agreement


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