Worldchanging features an interview (and podcast) with Ingrid Severson of Bay Area Localize where she leads the Rooftop Resources project, “developing an assessment tool for determining the potential of urban rooftops to generate substantial volumes of food, electricity, and water.”
Warms the cockles of my heart, it does, since one of my first ‘environmental’ projects was rooftop farming in Washington DC, a mile or so from the White House at Institute for Local Self-Reliance — which I think was one of the first, if not the first, green roof projects in the US. We followed this with an assessment of the food self-sufficiency potential of a dense urban neighborhood — Adams-Morgan — and of the food and nutrient balance potential of DC and the Chesapeake region. I’m trying to locate that pre-digital work from the depths of the archives (ie, garage) to share and post.
*(For extra credit, see if you can find the Plowboy Interview that talks about the project. 😉
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