Grow. Smarter. Cities. The City of Atlanta’s 2nd Annual AgLanta Conference March 27th & 28th

March 21, 2018 at 4:42 pm

Atlanta, GA. – (March 21, 2018) – Global thought-leaders in urban and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) will convene in the City of Atlanta on March 27th and 28th at the 2nd Annual AgLanta Conference to share new technological advances in the field and discuss how cities can better plan for the future by making local food systems more resilient worldwide.

Smart Ag for Smart Cities AgLanta Conference 2018

“Atlanta is honored to host some of the best and brightest minds in the urban and controlled environment agriculture sector,” said Mario Cambardella, Director of Urban Agriculture for the Mayor’s Office of Resilience. “We believe new and innovative ideas come from these gatherings which help our city become more resilient in an ever changing world.”

This year’s theme “Smart Ag for Smart Cities”, comes at a time when cities are facing major challenges with aging infrastructure, technology and transportation systems. A rise in the interest of “Smart City” resilience strategies is sweeping the world as leaders look to mitigate the effects of complicated problems like global warming coupled with catastrophic weather events and food insecurity. Rather surprisingly, local food production through urban and controlled environment agriculture have been largely left out of the conversation.

“Urban agriculture has the ability to solve many of the challenges that cities are facing today,” said Henry Gordon-Smith, founder of Agritecture Consulting, the firm that organized the AgLanta Conference. Agritecture Consulting is developing structured frameworks for urban agriculture production and distribution in an effort to make cities more resilient. “Part of our mission at Agritecture for the next few years is to help cities see the critical role urban agriculture can play and conferences like AgLanta accelerate the discussion.”

Featured speakers include Otis Rolley, Regional Director of North America 100 Resilient Cities, a global initiative supported by the Rockefeller Foundation that assists cities to become stronger in an increasingly challenging world environment; Vonnie Estes, 2017 winner of the Rosalind Franklin Award in Biotechnology and an expert in Ag innovation; Ambassador Andrew Young; Robyn Metcalfe, Director of Food + City; Jeff Bisberg, CEO of Illumitex; Mark Korzilius, Founder of Farmers Cut and Viki Radden, CEO, Honor Harvest, to name only a few.

The Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience is hosting the conference and expecting 300 attendees representing a wide range of disciplines including urban planners, architects, entrepreneurs, technologists, business owners, and urban farmers for this premium networking and knowledge sharing opportunity.

Atlanta is the perfect location for agribusiness to set root. It is home to a business-friendly environment with abundant and affordable workers, innovative technology resources, and thought-leaders in the burgeoning urban agriculture industry. Aggressive population growth projections coupled with the quality of life benefits the City of Atlanta has to offer creates the ideal setting for work in the urban agriculture industry. As of December 2015, Atlanta is one of a handful of cities with an Urban Agriculture Director, dedicated to working on food access generating policy, advocacy, and development.

Furthermore, Southern Company, the nation’s 2nd largest utility company, will again be a banner sponsor for the AgLanta Conference. Southern Company believes that locally sourced produce is not only healthier and more sustainable, but also that it can also be highly marketable and lucrative. Thus, Southern Company and the Mayor’s Office of Atlanta are proud to recognize and support the positive health and community outcomes from this budding industry.

Join us next week on March 27th and 28th at the South’s only CEA focused conference. For press passes or to interview the organizers please contact Mario Cambardella (Mcambardella@atlantaga.gov) or Jessica Toledano (jessica@agritecture.com).

For more information about the AgLanta Conference, please visit http://www.aglanta.org.
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Mario Cambardella
Director of Urban Agriculture
Mayor’s Office of Resilience
Mcambardella@atlantaga.gov

Jessica Toledano
Director, External Affairs
Agritecture Consulting
jessica@agritecture.com

 

 

 

 

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March 14, 2018 at 2:31 pm

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The Premier Urban Agriculture Conference in Atlanta

Back for its 2nd year, the AgLanta Conference is a premier urban agriculture conference organized by Agritecture and hosted by the City of Atlanta’s Office of Resilience.   Urban and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) innovation will be showcased, and AgLanta 2018 promises to foster community engagement and generate economic development as well.

AgLanta.org is the South’s biggest urban agriculture community, coming from the Mayor’s Office of Resilience in the City of Atlanta.  We all know a city with a strong local food economy is a resilient city, and AgLanta.org explores the smart technologies and strategies that connect agriculture with the city of Atlanta.

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Can a City Really be “Smart” without Agriculture?

Cities and companies around the world are recognizing the growing demand for local food coupled with an ever growing urban population.  As a result, urban and controlled environment agriculture has emerged as a promising and viable solution.

Urban agriculture and CEA can work together to drive food access, economic development, as well as social, environmental, and health benefits.

Smart Ag for Smart Cities

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Over the past few years, we have seen an increasing pattern of cities and conferences focusing on the “Smart City.”  These conversations tend to encompass everything from IoT to energy efficiency, but almost always leave agriculture out of the picture, which is why this year’s theme is “Smart Ag for Smart Cities.”

30+ Speakers

AgLanta Conference 2018 will feature 30+ speakers across seven Smart Agriculture and Smart Cities topics.  Also, there are bonus workshops and two huge keynote speakers.  Otis Rolley, Regional Director, North America with 100 Resilient Cities, is the Day 1 Keynote Speaker.  Otis’ entire career has been dedicated toward resilience and urban development in the private, non-profit and public sectors.

Vonnie Estes, a consultant in ag innovation and the 2017 winner of the Rosalind Franklin Award for Biotechnology, is the Day 2 Keynote Speaker.  Vonnie is one of the leading female executives in the biofuels industry and will be speaking about the role of Big Data in agriculture and emerging biotechnologies as they apply to urban agriculture.

See all of the Speakers.

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Workshops, Exhibition Hall & Panels

Two workshops, an exhibition hall, and panels covering a range of critical Smart City topics will be featured —each with a particular focus on the multiple roles Smart Agriculture will play in making cities more efficient, resilient, and sustainable.

Not to be missed, workshops include “Smart Food Access Planning”: How to use GIS and other data sets to target local food enterprise solutions for food insecure neighborhoods and “Smart Policy for Smart Agriculture”: How farmers and policymakers can formulate strategies for the 2018 Farm Bill and beyond.

Imagine Future Cities with Agriculture

Join us on March 27 and 28 in the City of Atlanta to connect with experts in urban agriculture and smart cities.  We can envision the future of cities – on the ground, inside buildings, and on the rooftops and walls!

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AgLanta 2018 will be held at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta.  We’re only two weeks away ~ Aramis and I will see you there!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for April 3, 2017: Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center

April 3, 2017 at 9:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/03/17
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Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
Atlanta, GA, USA
68,000 sf. Greenroofs

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

The former site of the iconic Rich’s Department Store (Atlanta’s most popular retailer throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries), the present Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center serves as the home of several federal agencies, including the GSA and EPA Region 4, and is one of Atlanta’s most environmentally friendly facilities. The center encompasses the six-story Rich’s Building and its beloved clock as the cornerstone of the facade (from 1924), the 10-story Midrise, the eight-story Bridge Building, and the 24-story high-rise Tower. Utilizing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, the $2.6 million project renovation’s goals, consistent with the General Services Administration’s roofing program, were to provide thermal and moisture protection; conserve energy and the environment; reduce utility costs; and help attain energy security by meeting Energy Independence and Security Act requirements.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center

In testing the roofs’ structural integrity, it was determined that part of the Rich’s portion could not support a vegetated roof; it was changed to a white, 60 mil Tremco “Cool Roof.” But the two Tremco vegetated roofs are highlights of the buildings with planting plans designed by Tremco Roofing’s Mary Ann Uhlmann. Installed by Greenrise Technologies, more than 198,000 colorful sedums, delospermas, native cacti, alliums and more were planted 3 per sf and are set in 4″ of growing media from ItSaul Natural. The combination of roofing systems is meeting the project goals, providing such benefits as a lower installed cost than planned, cutting heating and cooling costs, reducing stormwater runoff by more than 600,000 gallons, and reducing the strain on rooftop HVAC equipment. The collaborative efforts of the National Building Contractors team and the GSA designed a vegetated roof system that not only reduced greenhouse gas emissions but also recycled 80% of the existing roof material including the pavers, waterproofing membrane, and rigid insulation.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center

Year: 2010
Owner: GSA
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 68,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Accessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Original Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
GSA Architects: Roland Royster and Steven Moore
General Contractor: National Building Contractors
Engineer and Roof Consultant: Michael E. Clark, MEC&A
Waterproofing: Tremco
Greenroof System: Tremco
Senior Field Advisor: Jim Lohmann, Tremco
Horticulturalist and Greenroof Designer: Mary Ann Uhlmann, Tremco
Vegetative Roof Project Manager: Scott McGaughey, Greenrise Technologies
Growing Media, Plant Installation, & Maintenance: Greenrise Technologies
Growing Media: ItSaulNatural
Plant Supplier: Saul Nurseries

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center

View the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 4/03/17 video photos courtesy of Mary Ann Uhlmann, formerly of Tremco, Linda S. Velazquez, EPA Region 4, and Wikipedia, Public Domain.

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

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Project of the Week for March 6, 2017: Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House

March 6, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/06/17

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Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House
Atlanta, GA, USA
300 sq. ft. Extensive Greenroof & approximately 100 linear ft. of Intensive Roof Deck Planters

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

The Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House has two locations in Atlanta, and is a popular seafood and raw bar offering excellent food with a full service bar and wide selection of beers. And both restaurants are known for their lively outdoor rooftop dining areas. But the Westside location not only boasts a lush plant storefront, its main curb appeal is the small custom-designed greenroof pavilion welcoming guests. Located directly in front, patrons can sit and relax under the shade, where special events are sometimes held as well. Also, you can go upstairs to the roof patio/bar and catch the terrific views of Atlanta’s Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead from above the greenroof. The airy wood deck has a long bar and ample umbrella-covered seating, and the continuous lushly planted flower box surrounding the deck provides colorful blooms, shrubs and vines, and frames the deck beautifully. A peek over the edge reveals the pitched greenroof, multi-hued in all seasons.

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

“Music Under the Green Roof” was held in April, 2016 by Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House.

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Owner Tad Mitchell was intrigued by greenroofs, and wanted to create an appealing cool space for his customers. Designed and installed by Bennett Design & Landscape and built by Russell Meyer, the J-Drain GRS System from JDR Enterprises was used along with Mr. Natural Lightweight Soil Mix growing media featuring a mixture of Stalite PermaTill® expanded slate and organic compost. This attractive 300 sq.ft. living roof was planted with several Delosperma, Sedum, and Talinum varieties. The restaurant is doing its part to reduce their carbon footprint; for example, the wind turbine at their Westside location reduces the amount of greenhouse gas, electricity, and helps to feed the power grid – the first restaurant in Atlanta to use wind energy. Recently named among Travel + Leisure magazine’s Top 30 American Outdoor Bars, you can take in breathtaking panoramic views of Atlanta’s skyline at either rooftop bar location, but you can only enjoy the open-air greenroof pavilion at the West Midtown Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House.

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Year: 2010
Owner: Tad and Nancy Mitchell
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 300 sq.ft.
Slope: 30%
Extensive Greenroof Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public
Rooftop Deck Access: Accessible, Open to the Public

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect/Contractor: David Bennett, Bennett Design & Landscape
Drainage: J-Drain GRS System, JDR Enterprises
Growing Media: Mr. Natural Liteweight Soil Mix, ItSaul Natural with Stalite PermaTill®
Plant Supplier: Saul Nurseries
Greenroof Construction: Russell Meyer
Wind Turbine: Skystream 3.7, Soenso Energy

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

View the Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Project of the Week Six Feet Under Pub Fish House

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 3/06/17 video photos courtesy of Bennett Design & Landscape, Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House, Linda S. Velazquez, and Rick A. via Yelp.

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Greenroofs.com Publisher