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Michael Hoadley* will moderate a panel discussion among thought leaders on the subject of Sustainable Urban Agriculture, with a focus on Controlled Environment Agriculture as an emergent sector of Agribusiness & Real Estate.
We will examine the economic viability of the sector, current and planned projects, economic development and job creation dynamics, public policy environment, relationship to sustainability thinking, and the results of The National Science Foundation funded workshop on www.ChallengesInVerticalFarming.org
- Devon Patterson
- Bral Spight
- Martin Felsen
- Brad Roback
- Galen Williams
- Christy Webber
- Gretchen Mead
- Gene Giacomelli
Devon Patterson, an architect with Solomon Cordwell Buenz, chairs their sustainability committee, is President of Auxiliary Board at Chicago Architecture Foundation, and designed The Loyola University Center for Sustainable Urban Living.*
Bral Spight is CEO of startup Green Urban Ponics, holds a Chemical Engineering degree from The University of IL, an MBA from The University of Michigan, and has worked for The Chicago Public Building Commission, McKinsey & Co, and in the real estate sector.
Martin Felsen, co-owner of Urban Lab is a History Channel City of The Future Competition Award Winner for Growing Water, and served The City of Chicago Department of The Environment under former Mayor Daley as facilitator for The Vertical Farm Task Force.*
Brad Roback, Sustainable Economic Development Coordinator at City of Chicag, has been involved with The City of Chicago Urban Agriculture Ordinance, The Healthy Places Chicago Food Plan, andThe CMAP-Chicago Green & Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative.
Galen Williams is CEO of SkyyGreens Chicago, a startup tenant of The Plant, Chicago. He is a graduate of DePaul University & University of Chicago Booth School, formerly with Morgan Stanley and Hyde Park Angels.
Christy Webber is President of Christy Webber Landscapes, one of the largest landscape companies in Chicago, with over 250 employees, clients such as Millennium Park, O’Hare & Midway Airports, Kennedy King College, Millennium Park and McCormick Place West. She is also Vice President of the Board of Directors for the newly formed International Network for Urban Agriculture (INUAg). INUAg is building a comprehensive and up-to-date website of projects, policy and resources for urban agriculture globally. INUAg will connect individuals, communities, and organizations across sectors who are working in urban agriculture.
Gretchen Mead is Executive Director of Milwaukee's Victory Garden Initiative. Her Post-industrial Urban Homestead Act (PUHA) was selected out of more than 100 ideas submitted to Mayor Tom Barrett's solicitation for competition entries into The Bloomberg Mayors Challenge
Gene Giacomelli runs The University of Arizona's Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) supports education, research and outreach as part of the Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering and the School of Plant Sciences - both programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He will talk to us abou an exciting project they have brought to The Museum of Science & Industry live from Tucson, AZ
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* Devon, Martin, & Michael were all involved with planning or speaking @ www.ChallenegsInVerticalFarming.org