Lightning presentations on driverless cars by Arup, solar panel implementations on rural schools by Beaudin Ganze Engineers, green financing by Fannie Mae, and sustainability in Houston by Gensler are among the highlights of ULI’s Sustainable Development Product Council meeting that recently took place in New York.
DDG’s own Dustin Watson, a member of the Council, was on hand for the meeting, which also included a deep dive presentation about the Passive House standard and a tour of one of the Passive House projects.
In addition, Dustin and the other Council members toured the first Whole Foods in Brooklyn, renowned as the “greenest grocery store in New York.” The store, which is 60% more efficient than a typical grocery store, is built in part of reclaimed wood from the Coney Island boardwalk and includes wind turbines and solar panels in the parking lot.
The store has also leased space on its roof to a company called Gotham Greens, which has installed 20,000 square feet of greenhouses. This rooftop farm, which produces 20-30 times more product per acre than a typical field farm, harvests greens in the morning which are on the shelves in Whole Foods and other stores by lunchtime.