Place-Based Partnerships for Healthy, Thriving Communities


Consulting Services

Matt Biggar, Ph.D., guides and supports the planning, implementation and assessment of place-based partnerships (at the local, regional and state level) for healthy, thriving communities.  Matt leverages his research-based, practice-informed insights on partnership strategies and behavioral science to help clients improve outcomes and increase impact.


Connected to Place Vision: Community and Nature in Everyday Life

Connected to place is about finding meaning, happiness and hope in our everyday lives and communities.  Strong relationships among people, nature and organizations in the local context promote individual, community and environmental well-being. Living deeply connected to place is entirely possible but requires transformative change in conditions encountered in our everyday life.

  • Nature is abundant, accessible and nearby.
  • Public space is safe, attractive and car-free.
  • Healthy, active transportation modes are available and easily accessed.
  • Energy is locally produced and conserved.
  • Food is local, healthy and seasonal.
  • Material goods are shared and treasured with minimal waste.
  • Local businesses, products and services are abundant.
  • Schools are community centers.
  • Learning regularly takes place in local community and nature.
  • Regional destinations are preferred for most trips and vacations.