Communities Ready for Takeoff: Integrating Social Assets for Biofuel Site-Selection Modeling
This work, as part of the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) was funded by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant (2011-68005-30416), U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Politics and the Life Sciences
Although much of the social science literature supports the importance of community assets for success in many policy areas, these assets are often overlooked when selecting communities for new infrastructure facilities. Extensive collaboration is crucial for the success of environmental and economic projects, yet it often is not adequately addressed when making siting decisions for new projects. This article develops a social asset framework that includes social, creative, and human capital to inform site-selection decisions. This framework is applied to the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance project to assess community suitability for biofuel-related developments. This framework is the first to take all necessary community assets into account, providing insight into successful site selection beyond current models. The framework not only serves as a model for future biorefinery projects but also guides tasks that depend on informed location selection for success.
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Rijkhoff, S., Hoard, S., Gaffney, M., & Smith, P. (2017). Communities ready for takeoff: Integrating social assets for biofuel site-selection modeling. Politics and the Life Sciences, 36(1), 14-26.