More and more we’re beginning to see similar trends in architecture and design; mixed use has a whole new meaning now with the increasingly common incorporation of agriculture and power production to any and every new building concept. A food center that produces (at least a large part of) both what it would sell to consumers and the electricity needed to operate shows promise of economic self-sustenance, and a big step towards sustainability. Keep up to date with other projects and exhibitions being planned for Expo Milano 2015the upcoming edition of the fantastic World Expo being held in Milan, Italy. The theme for 2015 will be “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”


The architectural project titled “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet”, designed by Biber Architects as the U.S.’ contribution to the Expo Milano 2015, a worldwide non-commercial exposition spanning 184 days and wholly dedicated to the theme of sustainability and responsible resource management. “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”


"The PACE Commercial Consortium, spearheaded by the Carbon War Room and backed by Lockheed Martin, BarclaysCapital, and Ygrene Energy Fund,announced, in September 2011, its intent to fund $550 million worth of energy retrofits in Miami-Dade County, Florida, and $100 million more in Sacramento, California." Click the link to learn more.



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Urban Farming Is Growing a Green Future

With seven billion mouths to feed, human agriculture exerts a tremendous toll on the planet, from water draws to pollution, and from energy use to habitat loss. But there is also a growing set of solutions, from organic agriculture to integrated pest management.

More people around the world are taking a look at urban farming, which offers to make our food as “local” as possible. By growing what we need near where we live, we decrease the “food miles” associated with long-distance transportation. We also get the freshest produce money can buy, and we are encouraged to eat in season.

Another benefit of urban farming is that it can add greenery to cities, reducing harmful runoff, increasing shading, and countering the unpleasant heat island effect. Garden plots can help people reconnect with the Earth, and gain a greater appreciation for where our food comes from (hint: not from plastic packages).

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