SUMMARY: Plant Chicago discovers new ways to integrate sustainable urban agriculture and manufacturing in disused industrial structures. We close energy and waste loops in the built environment by directing the waste output of one process into the material or energy input of another through research, development and training of community members.
PROBLEM SPACE: The world’s population is 6.8 billion, by 2050 it will likely be 9.4. Land suitable for farming is almost exhausted. We need effective, sustainable ways to grow our food closer to the population and we need meaningful jobs in our communities.