According to Peter Spittler Architectural Services, the world’s natural resources continue to diminish every day. In your community, open spaces, farmland, fish and wildlife areas are quickly disappearing. Peter Spittler Architectural Services is dedicated to the mission of preserving our world. While there are many pieces to the puzzle, Peter Spittler Architectural Services contends that public-private partnerships are one of the main drivers for protecting these natural spaces. In this brief Q&A, Peter Spittler Architectural Services explains public-private partnerships and their implications on conservation issues.
Q: Can you explain please, what a simple definition of public-private partnership?
Peter Spittler Architectural Services: Public-private partnerships, often called PPP’s, can be complex. Essentially, it is a collaboration between a government entity and a private company for the benefit of the public. Governments are not equipped to solve every environmental issue and Peter Spittler Architectural Services believes that this is one way of involving the private sector in sustaining and improving the world for everyone.
Q: Please describe how PPP’s can impact conservation efforts.
Peter Spittler Architectural Services: Building PPP’s for the benefit of preserving open and natural spaces is essential to the vitality of local communities. Ever since the first public-private partnership for conservation efforts established Yellowstone National Park in 1872, the U.S. government has been working with private groups on this critical, complex issue.
Q: Can you provide an example of a public-private partnership that has impacted conservation efforts?
Peter Spittler Architectural Services: In the last couple years, the State of New York has ramped up conservation efforts through grants provided to over 57 land trusts by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. These grant funds will increase the speed at which land trusts in New York can preserve farmland, increase community gardening, and expose young people to farming and conservation careers. Our team of design experts at Peter Spittler Architectural Services believes that the partnership between the NYDEC (providing the funding) and citizens at the local land trusts will be able to achieve many of tasks listed in New York’s Open Space Plan and state wildlife action plan. This collaboration will advance the state’s conservation efforts in a big way.
Q: How do organizations secure funding to develop public-private partnerships?
Peter Spittler Architectural Services: In many cases, governmental bodies issue “Requests for Proposals” for private and/or nonprofit organizations to provide specific services that will impact a given area of the local community. Oftentimes, proposals are most competitive when there are public-private partnerships involved in implementing the overall project. These government agencies know the benefit of using experts in their field, rather than relying on one organization to do it all successfully. Peter Spittler Architectural Services applauds these initiatives.
Q: How does this relate to conservation initiatives?
Peter Spittler Architectural Services: In the instance of preserving open spaces and farmland, the people who live in a local community are connected to the land and are, likely, the people who own it. Local companies are much better equipped to negotiate land deals, encourage local farmers to put their land in trusts, and influence local officials to provide incentive for conservation efforts. The team at Peter Spittler Architectural Services believes that with funding from governmental groups, local land trusts are more likely to provide the greater impact on saving natural resources. Once those natural resources are gone, they cannot be replenished, so our work at Peter Spittler Architectural Services is critical.
Q: How is Peter Spittler Architectural Services involved with public-private partnerships for the benefit of our planet?
Peter Spittler Architectural Services: Since Peter F. Spittler founded Peter Spittler Architectural Services our team has been dedicated to sustainability. Whether promoting LEED certified building or collaborating with local groups in Ohio to ensure building is done in a thoughtful way, Peter Spittler Architectural Services is committed to doing its part.
Peter Spittler of Peter Spittler Architectural Services is an award-winning architect whose design firm located in Cleveland/Akron Ohio area.