Urban farming is the practice of growing and harvesting crops in urbanised areas such as, cities or towns. Urban farms are extremely beneficial, as they utilise unused space in efficient ways. For instance, vertical and rooftop gardens use minimal space and make use of areas that would otherwise be unused, providing a range of fresh, healthy produce. Many people around the world rely on food sourced from urban farms and local gardens. Farmers markets are a rapidly growing trend and provide fresh, quality produce to food insecure households, they are most common in rural and urban areas, as these communities may not have easy access to large food stores or supermarkets. The produce sourced from local farmers markets are fresh, and often picked either the night before or that morning, compared to supermarkets where the fruit and vegetables lose valuable nutrients and antioxidants after being pickled and sitting for days. With the produce being locally sourced, much of the money is transferred back into the local economy. Farmers markets create job opportunities and the ability to make profit and create food security. Urban Farms and farmers markets both positively contribute to the idea of food security by supplying quality, fresh produce
The problem is, famers still need to irrigate. Much of the western United States is quite arid, and agricultural operations cannot simply eliminate irrigation because of their environmental conscience. A viable policy objective in the agricultural industry must be able to incorporate sustainable irrigation processes, instead of suggesting that farmers eradicate their irrigation. West of the 100th merid...
Mougeot, Luc. Growing Better Cities: Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Development. International Development Research Centre, 2006.
Climate change, never has such an impending natural disaster been so heavily ignored. While this problem of Greenhouse Gasses holds more long-term implications than any other problem found today, little to nothing has been done to address this problem. Through the last century, industrialization has revolutionized the world, in all aspects of life from comfort to industry. While this has obviously had its benefits, it has also created a world that is almost entirely dependent on carbon dioxide producing technology. This has caused the single biggest problem when it comes to curbing this issue known as climate change. That problem is the simple fact that in order for the people to make a positive unified change in the C02 levels they produce, they’re going to have to make sacrifices. These sacrifices range from giving up or reducing their use of various CO2 producing technologies, to paying new taxes such as carbon taxes. The causes for Climate Change and the lack of action to curb it are, of course, complex, but there are at least three significant factors: High prices required to produce and implement low-carbon technology; lack of political and corporate support; and an extensive public reliance on technology (Weeks). More than this, the public, along with the government, have been unwilling to sacrifice either money or effort, which has only served to exponentially increase the problem at hand.
...?” Michael F. Maniates repudiates the small, individual “environment-saving” actions that have become so popular in the modern age. Maniates decides that the “individualization of responsibility” creates a societally ingrained concept that “knotty issues of consumption” can be resolved with “uncoordinated consumer choice” (Maniates 33). Instead, the change should be focused on “challenging the dominant view – the production, technology, efficiency-oriented perspective” (Maniates 50). Like Hardin, Maniates believes that impactful change can only come about from wide-scale changes in consumption habits, but considers consumption to be “constrained, shaped, and framed by insitutions and political forces that can be remade only through collective citizen action” (Maniates 50). This collective citizen action can best be manifested in the form of new government regulation.
Planning the construction of a building is the first place to take action. There are both ways in the design and land use that can benefit the environment in some way. During the designing process, things that can be done is planning for an energy efficient building or having a building be able to use renewable energy. According the buildinggreen.com, “Passive solar heating, daylighting, and natural cooling can be incorporated cost-effectively into most buildings.” (buildinggreen.com) This statement leaves no excuse for organizations to not take action. Most of the time, an excuse that is used is that “going green is too costly.” The difference of cost in green materials to non-green materials is anywhere from 0-2% increase (colliers-sustainability.com). Another design step that can be taken is to design for durability. If the building is created to last long, then the green impacts that the building has will be able to make an impa...
A green building (also referred to as sustainable building or green construction) is a structure that employs an approach that is responsible for the environment besides being efficient in regard to resources all through its life cycle: This is from selecting the site to designing it, constructing, operating, maintaining, renovating and demolishing it. To achieve this, the client, the engineers, the architects and the entire design team closely cooperate at all stages of a project (Yan and Paliniotis, 2006). Practicing Green Building complements and expands the conventional building design areas of comfort, durability, utility and economy.
Unites States Green Building Council. (2014). Leadership in energy and environmental design. Retrieved from http://www.usgbc.org/leed#why
In order to measure whether a building has achieved the definition of "green", each LEED classification system incorporates seven categories: Sustainable systems, Water Efficiency, Energy, and Atmosphere, Materials and resources, Quality of the indoor environment, Design
The beginnings of today's green revolution can be traced back to the environmental awareness of the 1960s and European design. New construction techniques have lead to the development of innovative materials and design concepts. Green buildings are designed, constructed and commissioned to ensure they are healthy for their occupants. Successfully designed green projects can involve an extensive array of factors, ranging from the resourceful use of materials, to careful consideration of function, climate, and location.