This Greenhouse-barge on the Hudson River has been successful at producing sustainable food while preventing runoff and harmful effects of soil degradation.
It is a science prototype and is open for educational tours. This is really simple idea yet a very powerful one. Why not grow our foods on local waterways and utilize hydroponics/aeroponics?
These “barges” could be moved around or stay stationary. They could be pulled off the shipping channel for waterways that have limited transportation lanes.
As you may know, the transportation and chemicals involved in growing our food contribute to most of the environmental effects. Heavy machinery and use of fossil fuels is also avoided by utilizing this type of greenhouse.
Have you ever seen the drawings for skyscrapers that grow enough food for a city? These are still in the startup phase, but this is another possible fix for the large demands of food in metropolises.
How can you minimize your environmental impact from your diet?
You’ll never think of star-fish the same. Awesome footage of them moving and eating.
Things to Do This Weekend (9/15-9/16)
Here are our picks for this weekend!
Saturday, September 15th, 2012
International Coastal Cleanup
Various beaches across the city.
Beach and shoreline cleanups involving thousands of volunteers to remove trash and collect data on their findings. The annual September Adopt-a-Beach™ Event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup. For more information and to sign up, click here.
Accelerate 77 Share Fair
1145 W. Wilson
The “Sharing Approaches That Work” Conference at Truman College will bring Chicago’s 77 communities together to connect like-minded individuals and community organizations working to create a more sustainable Chicago. The Share Fair Connection Seminar schedule has over 20 city-wide environmental organizations providing community resources including Center for Neighborhood Technology, The Field Museum and Openlands. The event and the Accelerate 77 project is organized by the Institute of Cultural Affairs and will feature Keynote Speaker, Karen Weigert, Chief of Sustainability Officer for City of Chicago. Free to attend. Click here to register.
Sunday, September 16th, 2012
Open Streets Chicago
Milwaukee Ave. between Ashland and Western
Open Streets creates safe public space on car-free streets. This free event promotes community culture, provides a chance for families to get out and have fun, and allows everyone to experience Wicker Park/Bucktown in a new and exciting way. For more information and schedule of events, visit their website.