Five Facts about Chicago Green Tech Leadership:

Chicago City Hall Roof Top Garden

Chicago City Hall Roof Top Garden

Chicago has 3.5 million sq. feet of Urban Rooftops, which makes the city #1 in the nation. Chicago is in the forefront of the movement thanks to strong backing from former Mayor Richard M. Daley, including a green roof on City Hall.

Chicago has the “First Certified Organic Roof Top Farm in the Country”  serving the Uncommon Ground Restaurant, located at 3800 N. Clark.  It was certified by the Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA) in 2008. Uncommon Ground is also the #1 “Greenest Restaurant” in the United States, as certified on 1/1/2013 by Green Restaurant Association.

Resource Center City Farms, including the one located at 1204 N Clybourn Ave, produces 25,000 pounds of food and three full-time jobs per acre of urban farmland. These are produced on old industrial and blighted land using local resources for compost and materials.

Even if Chicago is urban, it has Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences– a public four-year magnet high school located in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood on the far South side.. The school teaches about all phases of agriculture and is the only one of its kind in the Midwest.

Chicago is home of the first “Vertical Farm,” known as “The Plant,” located at 1400 W. 46th St.,  growing a range of greens, fish and even mushrooms to the local food markets using 21st century farming techniques, including aquaponics.  It began in 2009 inside an old meat packing facility, once owned by Peer Foods.

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