Sustainable Communities Planning Expert to speak on Small Community Lifestyles and Ecological Health

Friday, April 8 2011

MOSCOW, Idaho – Romella Glorioso will discuss negative impacts of amenity migration during “Amenity Migration and Climate Change: Planning for Sustainable Living in High Amenity Mountain Communities” on Monday, April 11 from 3-5 p.m. at the University of Idaho Brink Hall Faculty Lounge.

Amenity migration is an academic term describing the migration of people who move to smaller communities because of the amenities offered at that destination.

Glorioso, director of Glorioso, Moss and Associates, a small strategic planning consulting firm based in Kaslo, British Columbia, also will address climate change, food security, shrinking traditional economic activities, natural hazards, and more occurring in many mountain communities/regions and how multiple scenario strategic planning and a bioregional perspective can help solve these issues.

For the past two decades, Glorioso planned and managed human communities and their natural ecologies in Canada, U.S., Philippines, Thailand and the Czech Republic. Her professional work includes public sector strategic planning, land use planning and management, environmental impact assessment of land use and landscape change, community organizing and empowerment, GIS visualization for public policy analysis and decision-making, and amenity migration analysis, planning and management.

Glorioso holds a doctorate in landscape ecology and strategic planning, a master’s of science in environmental planning and management, and a bachelor’s in engineering geology and hydrogeology. She also holds a certificate in GIS for urban and regional growth analysis. In 2008, she co-organized the first international conference on amenity migration “Understanding and Managing Amenity-led Migration in Mountain Regions,” held at the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada.

More recently, Glorioso led sessions on amenity-based rural change and development and using alternative futures analysis at the Global Change and the World’s Mountains Second International Conference held in the UK in 2010, and was a keynote speaker and resource for a seminar and workshops for academics and public decision-makers on the topic of post-tourism society emerging in the Rhone-Alps region of France. She also teaches strategic and local and regional development planning and environmental and cultural impact assessment.

This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Students for Place Based Planning and Urban Design and the Building Sustainable Communities Initiative.
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