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Andrew Landis


Andrew Landis Andrew Landis is a professional planner and adjunct professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Raised in suburban Orlando, Andrew's career path is a reaction to the isolated and disconnected subdivisions that exemplify land development in Florida.

Andrew completed undergraduate school in the Environmental Studies program in the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins in 2000. He later earned a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a concentration in land use planning. In graduate school Andrew became an advocate for regional planning strategies, which led to employment in 2006 as a Regional Planner with the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, where he currently spends most of his daytime hours. For the past two years he has focused on policy development geared towards a more sustainable local food system.

Andrew recently joined the faculty at Rollins College as an adjunct professor to teach courses in Sustainable Agriculture. This fall students will focus on design and plant selection for a campus community garden. Andrew intends to teach the class from a "food systems planning" perspective, and looks forward to student input on this emerging field. This is an exciting time to be teaching the course with intense political and media attention on food and sustainability issues.

Finally, Andrew is leading the Central Florida Sustainable Food Project, which is an initiative of Simple Living focused on creating an inventory of local food resources for the six-county East Central Florida region. Simple Living Institute and its partners are working to develop both online and print versions of a Local Food Resource Guide to share this information with the public. The project also aims to foster direct community participation from farmers, food producers, restaurant owners, local suppliers, and purchasers. Andrew is also involved in another project in the early planning stages, Foodshed: Central Florida, which involves a comprehensive study of the region's products, exports, and imports, in order to better understand the need to diversify crop selections to meet the growing demand for local food. The study is intended, in part, to recommend strategies to maintain resiliency if foreign food supplies were to be impacted by political or natural events.

Once in a while Andrew is able to escape to better planned communities or natural environs to recharge and maintain sanity. In Orlando Andrew maintains a small fruit garden and is a member of the Central Florida Tropical Fruit Club. He also is an active member of Congress for the New Urbanism, an organization dedicated to promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities, and healthier living conditions.














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