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Urban Renewal: The Greening of Cities

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If you imagine a green city, you might not first think of Houston, Texas, but according to a green building index, over half of the commercial square footage there has an EPA Energy Star or LEED rating. In fact, Houston has ranked as high as number 3 in the US for LEED-certified commercial space. “Since Houston is the […]

Urban Farming is Coming to Los Angeles

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In the wake of the landmark passing of California’s Neighborhood Foods Act, urban farming is flourishing in Los Angeles. In October, City Councilmen Felipe Fuentes and Curren Price filed a motion to allow owners of vacant lots in the city to qualify for tax relief if they make their land available for agricultural use. Los Angeles has […]

Turning Detroit Ruins into Locally Grown Fish Farms

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Detroit’s fortunes rose and fell with the American auto industry for nearly a century, but the last few decades have seen Detroit reach new lows as GM began to import cars from Korea, Ford began to import trucks from Eastern Europe, and Chrysler got sold to Italy. The people of Detroit, however, are a tough […]

Locally Grown Shrimp Tastes Better, Saves Water

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Started by Tony Curtis and his two sons, Josh and Adam, Tasty Harvest plans to grow truly fresh, locally-farmed shrimp and seafood to their purpose built facility in West Boylston, Massachusetts. Tasty Harvest’s facility uses radiant heated floors to keep 90,000 gallons of water in 21 tanks at 85 degrees year round. The first shrimp […]

There’s an App for That: Foraging for Free Food

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Over at Falling Fruit (Fallingfruit.org), two programmers have created a global foraging map that shows that allows you to find fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries and lots of other healthy edible plants in public parks, urban farming projects, lining city streets, and even hanging over fences (and, therefor, onto the public domain of sidewalks) from the UK to New […]

Hydroponic Farm Slashes Water Use by 99%

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This hydroponic farm in Japan cuts water usage by 99%! The farm occupies an abandoned Sony chip manufacturing facility in Miyagi prefecture, near where the earthquake and tsunami struck the country in 2011. It is the brainchild of Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist who was inspired by a vegetable factory he saw at the Expo ’85 World’s […]

Vermicomposting Saves Prison Systems Money

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Starting in 2010, a prison guard and a few inmates began a vermicomposting program at Washington State Reformatory. Vermicomposting is a process that takes left over food and table scraps and turns them into compost with the aid of earth worms. Vermicast compost contains water-soluble nutrients and is an excellent, nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. The Washington State […]

Fukushima Factory Becomes Aquaponic Farm

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Superconductors and microchips have to be produced in a sterile environment. But what happens when a former microchip factory becomes obsolete? That’s a question facing many of Japan’s chip-makers these days, but Fujitsu has an answer to that question: If you are Fujitsu Electronics, you convert one of your excess chip factories’ sterile spaces into […]

Bus Top Gardens Pop Up in NYC

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As part of his thesis project at NYU, graduate student Marco Castro Casio designed a garden for the top of buses Casio calls his mobile garden idea “Bus Roots”, and says it is a way of “reconnecting urban communities with nature in a practical and playful way … bus roots is a playful public transportation project […]

Vertical Garden Exhibit at Chicago MSI

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Green roof design is becoming popular all over the world, but this vertical garden conceptual model – part of the Fast Forward exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) – takes the concepts of aquaponics, locally-grown produce, and urban farming to new heights by stuffing all those things into a single, “green” skyscraper. […]