Our towns and cities have a tremendous impact on our physical and emotional health. The planning and, as importantly, the planning process for how neighborhoods are developed often times determines whether this impact is a positive one or a negative one. Too often the interests and needs of the communities themselves are underrepresented, and the economic benefit of the few is elevated above data, thoughtful inquiry, and the well being of the many. If given the opportunity, community members most often advocate for the type of planning that promotes physical and mental well-being, such as access to green spaces, and walkable and bike-able streets. Their voices must be part of the process.
The Osprey Foundation's work in sustainable growth has a geographic focus in Madison, Wisconsin and a secondary focus in Boston, Massachusetts. Our grants and partnerships prioritize community-driven processes and promote resiliency and sustainability. We embrace a philosophy of growth that strengthens and enhances existing community asset, and feel that cross-collaboration between the public and private sector is vital to building more healthy and vibrant communities.
We are supporting the Great Neighborhoods project of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, which aims to assist underserved Madison neighborhoods in implementing sustainable changes that promote active, safe and healthy lifestyles.