Gotham Greens announced October 7 that it has partnered with Method Products, an eco-friendly cleaning product company – to build what they are calling the “world’s largest rooftop farm” at Method’s new manufacturing plant in the Pullman neighborhood, on Chicago’s south side.
Designed by William McDonough + Partners, the Method plant is anticipated to also be the world’s first LEED-Platinum certified manufacturing plant in the cleaning product industry. According to a Method press release, the plant features include a refurbished wind turbine, solar panel installations, large amounts of natural light throughout the factory and native land renewal across 22 acres.
Gotham Greens will design, build and operated a state-of-the-art greenhouse on the roof of the plant. According to an October 7 article in Yahoo Finance, the greenhouse will aim to produce up to 1 million pounds of fresh, sustainably grown, pesticide-free produce annually. The produce will be distributed through local Chicago retailers, restaurants, farmer’s markets and community groups.
In the article, Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, said, “Chicago has shown remarkable leadership in urban farming and green building over the past decade, and we’re thrilled to be contributing to the trailblazing work being done in these sectors and furthering Chicago’s position as one of the greenest and most innovative cities in America. We’re particularly honored to be partnering with Method and the Pullman Park development and community. We are dedicated to providing our customers and local residents with the freshest and best tasting, hyper-local produce available, 365 days of the year.”
Read the rest of the article at Yahoo Finance. To learn more about Gotham Greens’ operation in Brooklyn, N.Y., read Greenhouse Grower’s July 2014 cover story, “Gotham Greens Takes Locally Grown Produce To A Whole New Level” and “Meet The Three Young Go-Getters Who Created Gotham Greens.”
Source: Yahoo Finance, Method