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NYC Rooftop Farm Classroom

NYC Rooftop Farm Classroom | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
Inspired by New York Sun Works’s Science Barge, a floating laboratory and urban farm, The Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies–the flagship Greenhouse Project Science Laboratory–opened in the fall of 2010 at the Manhattan School for Children (P.S. 333.) It’s a novel way, not of learning, but rather of experiencing science. In this living lab, which is an integrated part of the school’s curriculum, students learn to appreciate the importance of sustainable development and the connections between cultural and biological diversity, while at the same time they become empowered to make educated choices about their own impact on the environment. It’s a whole learning approach–students make connections between what they are learning in science and social studies and how all of it is reflected in the world in which they live.

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Wellington Aquaponics's curator insight, December 18, 2012 11:45 PM

Roof top greenhouse is an excellent way to have a secure school garden.

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Eat your kale - The Washington Post

Eat your kale - The Washington Post | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Turns out there’s quite a bit of science behind this super food hype: “Kale is rich in so many different things,” says registered dietitian and nutritionist Cheryl Harris, of Harris Whole Health in Fairfax, who notes that the cruciferous veggie — which is in the Brassica family, along with broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage — is an excellent, potent source of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fiber and carotenoids, and that’s just to start. Research has also shown that kale contains 45 — count ’em, 45 — different flavonoids with a variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

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Growing Power scores $5 million to feed our nation’s hungriest cities

Growing Power scores $5 million to feed our nation’s hungriest cities | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Food-justice organization Growing Power — with its now-iconic greenhouses, composting worms, fishponds, and multiple generations of graduates — is well-known as a model worth replicating. Now, Growing Power has announced a bountiful $5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to fund “community food centers” aimed at relieving hunger in five of the nation’s poorest areas.

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PS 41 Unveils Green Roof - NY1.com

PS 41 Unveils Green Roof - NY1.com | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

When parents and teachers set out to build a space for students to do hands-on environmental science in the middle of Manhattan, the project ended up taking six years. The result is an outdoor classroom in an unusual location.


Observing plants, bugs and birds. Sketching, writing and discussing nature. This was exactly what parents and teachers dreamed the students at PS 41 would do with the new outdoor science lab. And since the only available space was on the roof, it also happens to have a pretty great view.


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Green roof an age-old concept

Green roof an age-old concept | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

A green roof is not only beautiful, but can be an important part of a sustainable urban environment. The living roof on this North Vancouver home and edible garden atop its carport are the work of landscape architect Senga Lindsay.


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Health Board Approves Bloomberg’s Soda Ban

Health Board Approves Bloomberg’s Soda Ban | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Seeking to reduce runaway obesity rates, the New York City Board of Health on Thursday approved a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, street carts and movie theaters, the first restriction of its kind in the country.

 

“This is the single biggest step any city, I think, has ever taken to curb obesity,” Mr. Bloomberg said shortly after the vote. “It’s certainly not the last step that lots of cities are going to take, and we believe that it will help save lives.”

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Urban Greenhouse in Rotterdam to be new city icon

Urban Greenhouse in Rotterdam to be new city icon | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

A group of urban agriculturists hope to put Rotterdam on track as a healthy, green, and delicious city. Selected by the Stadsinitiatieven (City Initiatives), the group has proposed to build a giant greenhouse in the area next to the opening of a train tunnel, a space that has been difficult to maintain environmentally and financially.

 

The greenhouse would grow organic produce, herbs, and flowers for markets and the designers of the greenhouse are aiming to transform this building into a new icon for the city.


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North American Cities Produce Bumper Crop of Urban Agriculture Studies

North American Cities Produce Bumper Crop of Urban Agriculture Studies | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

There may be a drought in much of North America, but this summer has produced a bumper crop of reports on urban agriculture in cities across the continent. Nonprofit groups in New York, Toronto and Boston have recently published studies examining what their cities can do at the policy level to support city gardeners and farmers.


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China's E-idea of Rooftop Vegetable Gardens

Our project fits in with the policy of Shanghai’s Municipal Government to promote promotes rooftop gardens.  A property management firm called Shanghai Yidian is providing us with the use of roofs in the Yihong Technology Zone for the first phase of the project, and landscape designers and technology consultants have offered their services. Other partners have pledged to donate seedlings, wood, plant containers and irrigation equipment, while the Shanghai Creative Industry Association will provide space for us to promote our work at the 2011 Shanghai International Creative Industry Festival.

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NFTA Bus Shelter Gets A Living Green Roof

NFTA Bus Shelter Gets A Living Green Roof | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

The benefits of the living roof at the bus shelter range from oxygenation to pollution absorption to cooling measures to rain retention... though the size of this particular roof is "largely symbolic" says Connors. "NFTA has done some very extreme green things at the airport, with glycol treatment. They also covered the root of the Frontier Bus Garage with PVs. We wanted to promote green infrastructure, but we also really liked the challenge of covering one of these. We worked very collaboratively to do the design, but Dave has done a lot of research into soil mixes, especially using recycled materials. We had to do a load test on the polycarbonate, because the literature didnt go that high. Just got everything together on Friday."


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On Top of New York City's Green Roofs with Greensulate

On Top of New York City's Green Roofs with Greensulate | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Walking through cavernous Manhattan in 2012, you might see something quite unexpected when you gaze up: exotic plants and flowers creeping over the parapet of buildings. This most certainly would have been a strange sight 100 years ago, I think it would have been strange even 15 years ago, but right now a green roof movement is sweeping across New York and the country. Trees growing out of buildings are no longer signs of neglect, but a reflection of the most cutting edge technology in sustainable design and high-end amenities.


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The World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen 2012 in 3 Weeks!

The World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen 2012 in 3 Weeks! | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Hosted by the city of Copenhagen and supported by the Danish Ministry of the Environment and the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, the organizers says the scene is set for a congress that has sustainability at its core. Copenhagen’s ambitious goal of being carbon neutral by 2025 means that greenroofs are embedded as an integral part of political policy.

 


And, Copenhagen is the first city in Scandinavia to have a mandatory greenroof policy. The new policy makes vegetation and soil a mandatory obligation in planning new developments. The policy covers all roofs that have less than a 30 degree ptich in the new local plans.


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Soil and Spreadsheets: A Look At The Past And Future Of Rooftop Farming

Soil and Spreadsheets: A Look At The Past And Future Of Rooftop Farming | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Long Island City-based Brooklyn Grange, the planet’s first full-scale for-profit rooftop farm, is doubling its size as it commences its third season, expanding to a second one acre rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. If all goes according to plan, the Grange will harvest around thirty thousand pounds of produce this year, and they have no intention of stopping there – they’re actively seeking more locations to farm.

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Rooftop Farming: the Next American Frontier

Rooftop Farming: the Next American Frontier | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Say goodbye to chemically-treated produce that has been shipped across the country to your local grocer. Say hello to urban rooftop farming, the next American frontier. A desire for fresh, organic produce and a quest for usable growing space has led urban farmers to rooftops all over the world. There’s room for every kind of grower, from the small community garden to the commercial-scale farm. To explore this eco-friendly trend, we’ll take you on a tour through 7 successful rooftop farms from Brooklyn to Hong Kong, Montreal to Orlando. Bring an appetite and a sense of adventure, because who knows– the next urban farmer might be you…


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Urban Farming: Up on the Roof

Urban Farming: Up on the Roof | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Paul Lightfoot, Brightfarms CEO & Ben Flanner, Brooklyn Grange CEO, are two urban farmers who discuss urban agriculture and rooftop farming.


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Avoiding Sugared Drinks Limits Weight Gain in Two Studies

Avoiding Sugared Drinks Limits Weight Gain in Two Studies | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Two-thirds of all American adults and one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. The contribution of sugary sodas and fruit drinks to this epidemic has been hotly disputed. But two new randomized clinical trials published on Friday in The New England Journal of Medicine lend credence to the idea that limiting access to these beverages may help reduce obesity.

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You're Going to Need a New Lame Joke: Hospital Food Isn't Awful Anymore

You're Going to Need a New Lame Joke: Hospital Food Isn't Awful Anymore | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

At Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital outside Detroit, the sick and their families, as well as hospital employees, dine on nutritious meals made from fresh produce like tomatoes, kale, eggplant, and strawberries. Everything is local…very local. The hospital grows most of its own food in a gleaming new, 1,500-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse.


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Turn your rooftop into a garden

Turn your rooftop into a garden | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Farming on your roof? It's possible. And this FarmRoof system grows 10 times more food per square foot than a conventional organic farm and uses only 10 percent of the water.

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Detroit's Good Food Cure

Detroit's Good Food Cure | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Urban farmers are leading an environmental and social movement to transform our national food system. Photographer Michael Hanson toured the country for his book Breaking Through Concrete: Building an Urban Farm Revival to document twelve successful urban farm programs, including The Catherine Ferguson Academy for Young Women, a school for pregnant teens and teen mothers in Detroit.


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Rooftop Farms Next Logical Step in 'Green' Building

Rooftop Farms Next Logical Step in 'Green' Building | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
Rooftop Farms Next Logical Step in 'Green' BuildingNuWire InvestorGreen roofs—using rooftop space with a thin covering of soil for growing vegetation—have gradually become more popular within the past decade.

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Green (Living) Roof and Solar Panel Combo Yield Better Performance

Green (Living) Roof and Solar Panel Combo Yield Better Performance | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Green (Living) Roof and Solar Panel Combo Yield Better Performance compared to a typical roof consisting of concrete and shingles.  Green roofs bring a wide array of additional benefits to the table...


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How 'Millenials' Are Changing Food as We Know It - Forbes

How 'Millenials' Are Changing Food as We Know It - Forbes | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

The Millennials have much less brand loyalty and are more willing to engage in different distribution models to find food. This generation is not afraid to purchase food online and to look outside of the traditional grocery store to find what they want. Boomers on the other hand were more brand loyal and shopped at the grocery store for everything.


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Food producing greenhouse is set to be built on an old roof top parking lot

Food producing greenhouse is set to be built on an old roof top parking lot | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

A food producing greenhouse is set to be built on an old roof top parking lot, the facility visible from the Lookout will be built at 535 Richards street. The food is to be grown without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers; although this sounds traditional enough it is in fact using some newer methods of production.

 

The crops will be grown as a vertical garden and will rotated on a conveyer belt to ensure the crops have equal sharing of sunlight. The amount of food that is estimated to be grown there is between 150,000 to 200,000 pounds annually (the information cited in the Metro, date Aug 23).


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Porsche American Headquarters Has Green Roof

Porsche American Headquarters Has Green Roof | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it

Reflecting Porsche's commitment to the environment, HOK is designing a highly sustainable building and targeting a minimum of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. Energy conservation measures include fine-tuning the building orientation and creating a highly efficient building envelope. The team will explore opportunities for natural ventilation and on-site energy generation and green roofs that reduce the heat island effect and filter rainwater before it returns to Atlanta's water system.


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How cities are using nature to cut pollution

How cities are using nature to cut pollution | Sustainable Urban Agriculture | Scoop.it
Yale Environment 360: From paying for the Catskill forests so they can filter water to building rain gardens to slow run-off, 'green infrastructure' is in demand from Seattle to Sweden...

 

In Puget Sound, one of America's great estuaries, killer whales, seals, and schools of salmon swim not far from more than 3 million people who live in the Seattle region. The presence of such impressive marine life, however, belies the fact that the sound is seriously polluted.

 

When it rains, storm water washes into the same system of underground pipes that carries the region's sewage, and 1 billion gallons a year overflow into the sound when area sewer systems contain more water than can be treated. In addition, motor oil, lawn chemicals, PCBs, heavy metals, pet waste, and many other substances run unabated into the sound, both through the storm water pipes and from roads and other shoreline structures. "The biggest threat to Puget Sound is non-point sources [of pollution]," says Nancy Ahern, Seattle Public Utilities deputy director. ...


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