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{Green Careers} May 2016 – Sustainable Career Tracks: Education/Academics

May 2, 2016

Have you ever wondered how a career in sustainability and energy efficiency might intersect with education and academics?  Well look no further!


For our May meet-up, the Green Careers group has invited sustainability professionals with various roles in the Education and Academics sector to discuss their careers. Come hear from the following sustainability professionals as they share their academic backgrounds, career trajectories, and other resources for job-seeking individuals.


Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm with networking afterwards
Location: Grohe America Showroom – 160 5th Avenue, 4th Floor | New York, NY 10010 (entrance on 21st Street)


RSVP HERE to attend!


Our speakers to include:

Liliya Shames
Deputy Director of Optimization at NYC Department of Education






Dianne Anderson

Director, Office of Sustainability at NYU







Bruce Kahn

Portfolio Manager at Sustainable Insight Capital Management and Lecturer at Columbia University






chrisChristopher Sedita
Green Buildings Teacher & CTE Department Lead at The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers





RSVP HERE to attend!


If you have any questions, please contact the GHNYC Green Careers group at greencareers@greenhomenyc.org


Posted by Ryan Hughes in Blog, Green Careers Transitions

Growing “Up”: Urban Vertical Farming

May 1, 2016

by Tamanna Virmani



Source: Sky Greens

When you think of New York City, what’s the first image that comes to mind? For people who have visited or live here, maybe it’s one of the following – crowded, dense, lights or skyscrapers – but not “green” and certainly not “farming”. However, that picture may change with the advent of urban vertical farming. So what exactly is vertical farming and how is it different from other concepts such as roof top farming, hydroponics or aquaponics?


Vertical farming is the practice of producing food in vertically stacked layers, inclined surfaces or integrated into other structures, using controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) technology where environmental factors such as light, humidity and temperature can be controlled. The concept of vertical farming in NYC was developed about 15 years ago by Dr. Dickson Despommier, a former public health professor at Columbia University, with contributions from his students. In The Vertical Essay, Dr. Despommier cites that the earth’s population will increase by about 3 billion people by 2050. Currently, over 80% of arable land throughout the world is already in use and another 15% is unusable due to poor land management. That means if traditional farming practices continue, there won’t be enough land to grow food for the expanding population. Vertical farming is a means of maximizing space by growing food inside the tall buildings of an urban environment.  In fact, he refers to it as the third green revolution.


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