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The Vertical Farm project was initiated by lecturer, Dickson Despommier, and his students at Columbia University in New York City.
The Vertical Farm is a concept of a thirty-story urban farm producing fruit, vegetables, and grains with a greenhouse on every floor. Citing factors such as the need for reforestation and the future growth of worldâ€™s population, Despommier believes that cities must learn to feed themselves. Depending on the crops being grown, a single vertical farm could allow thousands of farmland acres to be permanently reforested.
The Vertical Farm would use hydroponic methods to feed 50,000 people. By growing crops in a controlled environment there would be minimum risk of disease, weather related disasters, less likelihood of genetically modified â€œrogueâ€ strains infecting crops, and all food could be grown organically, without minimum waste.
Features of Despommierâ€™s design include solar panels, a wind spire, glass panels, a central control room (allowing for yearround,24-hour crop cultivation), circular design, an evapotranspiration recovery system and pipes (to collect moisture which can then be bottled and sold), a blackwater treatment system, and a pellet power system (to turn nonedible plant matter into fuel).
However, as Despommier concedes, it would cost hundreds of millions to build a full-scale skyscraper farm due to construction and energy costs. For more information visit http://www.verticalfarm.com/index.html.
This is from “Social Innovations in Victorian Food Systems”, case studies by Ferne Edwards.
The City of Toronto created the Toronto Food Policy Council (TFPC) in 1991 in the absence of federal and provincial leadership on food security.
TFPC partners with business and community groups (including City Councillors and volunteer representatives from consumer, business, farm, labour, multicultural, anti-hunger advocacy, faith, and community development groups) to develop policies and programs promoting food security – the TFPC has been instrumental in putting Food Security and Food Policy development squarely on the municipal agenda in Toronto
ULTra (Urban Light Transport) is a model of PRT that has developed beyond the concept stage and is currently being tested at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5. Personal Rapid Transport has been advocated since the 1950s as offering “on-demand, non-stop transportation, using small, independent vehicles on a network of specially-built guideways”. [wikipedia]
A different way of taxing car purchase & use provides consumers with rational pricing signals, based on environmental impacts, and may provide incentives to purchase more efficient vehicles.
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An entire train system’s power-use is offset by the supplier’s payment to a wind-farm.
The London Congestion Charge is a fee for some motorists travelling within those parts of London designated as the Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ). The charge aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve journey times by encouraging people to choose other forms of transport if possible.
By installing bike racks on buses and integrating the two transport systems, the viability of both cycling and bus transit (both of which are lower emission than the car) is increased.
Predit is a French programme of research, experimentation and innovation in land transport, started by the ministries in charge of research, transport, environment and industry. It is not so much a case study as a methodology or a project management system.
With “Pay as You Go” ™ drivers can purchase cover as and when they need it – and then switch it off when it is not required. While the scheme doesn’t offer extra discounts for “greener” vehicles, it may help to reduce unnecessary car trips, and can play a role in an integrated transport strategy.
This governance structure attempts to coordinate and achieve balance between different modes so that they are integrated.