World’s Largest Rooftop Greenhouse Takes Shape in Chicago

first_imgDirt-free agricultureIn Chicago, the greens will be grown in a hydroponic system that requires no soil. Irrigation, heating and cooling, and other variables will be controlled by computers, Business Insider reports. Method says that farming practices used by Gotham require only 5% of the land and 10% of the water as conventional farming while eliminating fertilizer runoff.Even without soil, the greenhouse is so heavy that Method had to re-engineer the factory roof for greater strength, but the garden will insulate the factory and keep heating and cooling costs down.Method said that its new factory is the industry’s first LEED-platinum-certified facility. In addition to the 230-foot-fall wind turbine, which will supply an estimated 30% of the energy needed to run the plant, the factory is equipped with three 1,225-square-foot solar arrays that track the sun during the day. Each of them has a capacity of about 46 kW.The building houses the company’s manufacturing and bottling operations and is a distribution center for both Method and its partner Ecover. The company says that putting all operations in a single building reduces the company’s carbon footprint, and its location in the Midwest helps it distribute products across North American efficiently.Other features at the new factory include skylights for natural lighting, a solar hot water system, and delivery trucks that run on fuel with a minimum 20% biodiesel content, according to Method. Method’s new soap factory on the south side of Chicago has a wind turbine, photovoltaic panels, and a rooftop greenhouse bigger than an average city block. Business Insider reports that the $30 million plant which opened in April will be able to produce as much as a million pounds of edible greens a year. The pesticide-free kale, arugula, bok choy, and butterhead lettuce will go to restaurants, stores and farmers’ markets in the area.At 75,000 square feet, the garden is bigger than both an NFL football field and an average-sized city block in many parts of the U.S. When fully planted, it will be the largest rooftop greenhouse in the world.The greenhouse is the work of a New York City-based company called Gotham Greens, which operates commercial-scale greenhouses in urban areas all over the country.last_img read more

The Video Editor’s Holiday Wish List

first_imgWithout a doubt, some people are hard to buy for. Luckily, video editors are always in need of tools and toys that complement their workflow and workspace. Here’s a few to consider.Top image via LogickeyboardIt’s the season of giving, so if you’ve got a video editor on your shopping list (or you are a video editor looking to spice up your workspace), these gifts will definitely deliver in the “holiday cheer” department.Keyboards and Skins: $29.90-$149.90Image via LogickeyboardThe folks over at Logickeyboard have a plethora of products for a wide variety of software applications. Stuff that stocking with a keyboard skin, or go all out and get a backlit keyboard customized for your software of choice. Take your pick of products for Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Audition, AVID, Final Cut, and a handful of other software apps. Speakers: $150KRK Rokit 5 G3 speakers are an excellent addition to any video editor’s studio. These speakers offer up maximum headroom with minimal distortion and are sure to impress clients hanging around the suite. The Rokit 5 G3 also provides flexible connectivity, allowing for input via XLR, TRS or RCA connection.Headphones: $99.99Sony’s MDR-7506 headphones are a popular choice for video editors, mainly due to their closed ear design which lets you edit in uninterrupted peace. The headphone has a foldable design, making it convenient to store or transport, and its coiled cable allows it to stretch and spring back into place whenever you need a bit more reach.Books: $12Image via Matthew Bell’s A2 BlogWalter Murch’s classic In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing is a staple for the editor’s bookshelf. Get insights into the craft of editing from a master film editor known for his work in Apocalypse Now, The Godfather: Part III, The English Patient, Cold Mountain, Tomorrowland, and over twenty other huge Hollywood titles.External Hard Drives: $149.99-$499.95In the age of large video files, the external hard drive is a necessity for most editors. Check out these excellent options from G-Technology and LaCie.Store your footage on a large desktop external, or spring for a more rugged and mobile design. Both companies offer up a wide array of options.Software: $899Red Giant creates software tools for filmmakers. Color correct, stylize, refine and clean up footage with their Magic Bullet Suite 13 software. Not ready to drop that kind of cash for software? Well, download the trial version and take it out for a test run.Throw Pillows: $14Make sure your 2017 edit sessions are nice and comfortable with a custom throw pillow from Redbubble. If a pillow isn’t enough, drop some extra money on a t-shirt, sweater, and whatever other knick-knacks you can find to fill your office.What are you hoping to find in your video editing stocking? Share your wish list in the comments below!last_img read more