On May 21, 2014, the San Diego Green Building Council's Lunch + LEED event was about Urban Farming and Edible Landscaping. It was a packed room at the Design Institute. Delicious healthy lunch provided by Jimbo's was a perfect complement to the event.
Karen Contreras and Kevin Garrison of Urban Plantations gave an informative and compelling presentation about their experiences creating and maintaining urban farms. They showed how we can eat locally and seasonally by converting open space to gardens. Benefits include increased food security, water management, decreased use of fossil fuels, more biodiversity, and community interaction. These are all very important in our region. We should take advantage of our climate and ability to grow year-round. Karen also described how planning an urban farm as part of a project can help contribute towards LEED certification.
The Lunch + LEED series is a great way for LEED APs to earn units for credential maintenance. Membership in the San Diego Green Building Council is inexpensive, and includes many benefits, such as discounts on meetings and events like Lunch + LEED.
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About the Author
Hanna Scott is a green building consultant who helps architectural firms and contractors with sustainable design and earning LEED certification on their projects. She is also the Director of Marketing and Design for Sun West Distributors, the authorized distributor of commercial Solatube daylighting systems. Hanna has been involved with the environmental building industry for over 15 years, is a LEED AP BD&C, an intern Architect, and maintains active membership in AIA Chapters, the San Diego chapter of the USGBC, and the Living Building Challenge San Diego Collaborative.