Efficiency
Several new state-of-the-art greenhouses are under construction in France, Shanghai and Armenia - and one may be opened at a biomass CHP project in Greenville, New York.

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Public Gardens in Pittsburgh has received a platinum LEED rating for environmental friendliness — making it the first greenhouse or botanical garden to receive the certification.

In this recent 'Greenhouse Canada Magazine' article, a lighting expert answers some of the most commonly-asked questions he deals with on a fairly regular basis. James Grouzos is the U.S. sales engineer for P.L. Light Systems.

Lufa Farms stated publically yesterday that it 'broke even' earlier this year on its prototype energy-efficient rooftop greenhouse in Montreal, and that it's ready to move forward with its “ultimate goal” – to develop a turnkey urban greenhouse system that can be located in any North American city.

The hydroponic ‘Lunar Greenhouse,’ built at the University of Arizona in 2010, will provide food as well as air, water and waste recycling for a space-faring crew someday - but also aspires to bring practical commercial-ready technology for Earth's inhabitants.

June 13 saw the launch of 360 Energy’s Journey to Energy Excellence for Greenhouses. This program draws on international expertise both in greenhouses and energy management. "The objective of the program is to help growers significantly improve profitability by practising the integrated management of energy," says Program Manager Lisa Brodeur.

A vertical aeroponic ‘Tower Garden’ that just opened on the open rooftop of Rouses Market grocery store in downtown New Orleans uses 90 per cent less water and nutrients than traditional field growing systems.

Step 3: Developing a Sustainable Energy Plan - Many companies believe the procurement of energy is the only viable option to control energy costs.  Although an effective purchasing strategy is important, this is only part of the equation. 

Why you should proceed with an audit, what it should include – and what to look for in an auditor

“Greenhouse growers are investing significantly in infrastructure and technology,” says Janet Horner, Executive Director, Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee (GTA AAC). “That adaptation of new technologies has allowed this sector to not only remain competitive but to become a leader in production, energy conservation, nutrient management, packaging and product development.”

360 Energy's Journey To Energy Excellence for Greenhouses presents: "Greenhouses: an integrated approach", a special presentation by Dr. Sjaak Bakker, business unit manager for Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture.  His talk will focus on international best practices for energy management.

Lisa Brodeur of 360 Energy recommends an open mind with energy management. "When new technologies appear, you may not want to be the first to jump on the bandwagon, but you will want to seriously consider those that may improve your organization’s bottom line."

The Sahara Desert seems the unlikeliest place on Earth for greenhouse food production. But The Sahara Forest Project is planning just such an endeavour to address challenges such as clean water, clean energy and sustainable food production - with brand new technology.

Village Farms International Inc. (one of the largest producers of premium-quality greenhouse tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers in North America) has opened their first commercial-sized greenhouse in Monahans, Texas using state-of-the-art technology.

As crops are now established and the spring craze has past, now is a great to reflect on how you made financial and other decisions, and how they can be improved upon the next time around.

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