- Feeding the Growing World Population Utilizing Vertical Farming By John Cornacchia
- What is a Green Roof and What are the Benefits?… By John Cornacchia
- Our Need and Obligation to Reduce Impervious Cover By John Cornacchia
- Impervious Surfaces… Paving Our Paradise By John Cornacchia
- Sustainable Development Visions and Visionaries By John Cornacchia
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Vertical farming is a highly debated concept, one which proposes that it is economically and environmentally viable to cultivate plant or animal life within tall buildings (skyscrapers), purpose-built multi-level structures, or vertically inclined surfaces.
It is estimated that by the year 2050, virtually 80% of the world’s population will live in urban areas and the total global population will increase by approximately 3 billion people. An enormous amount of farmland may be required, conditional on the change in yield per hectare and sustainable practices implemented, to feed the growing population. Scientists around the world are concerned that this large amount of required land will not be available and that severe damage to the earth will be caused by the added farmland. Vertical farms, if designed correctly utilizing sustainable principles, may eliminate the need to create additional farmland and help create a cleaner environment, by reducing the transportation of food to the mass population.
John Cornacchia, founder of Globacorp Developments International, believes that Vertical Farming has the potential of becoming a major factor in reducing urban sprawl, preserving the natural environment, and reducing harmful pollutants, all necessary for the existence of a sustainable world.
A green roof system is an extension of the existing roof which involves a high quality water proofing and root repellant system, a drainage system, filter cloth, a lightweight growing medium and plants.
Green roof systems may be modular, with drainage layers, filter cloth, growing media and plants already prepared in movable, interlocking grids, or, each component of the system may be installed separately. Green roof development involves the creation of “contained” green space on top of a human-made structure. This green space could be below, at or above grade, but in all cases the plants are not planted in the “ground’. Green roofs can provide a wide range of public and private benefits.
Now more than ever is the critical time for all developers to evaluate the potential impacts of future development and associated impervious cover on the health of the world’s water bodies. It is important to note that it is not growth itself that is the problem, more it is the way that communities require growth to occur that is the issue.
Impervious surfaces are possibly the most chronic and permanent structures created by the human species. According to research published in the June 15, 2004 issue of Eos, the American Geophysical Union newsletter, pavements and other impervious surfaces within the United States cover more than 111.5 billion square meters, an area nearly 1.5 times the size of the Republic of Panama. In addition, another 1 billion square meters are either paved or repaved, within the United States, every single year.
Commonly, I find that it is a place or certain piece of property that ignites my creativity and inspires the vision. A comprehensible, although general, picture quickly begins to develop within me, with many blurred details being addressed as more thought is given to the overall planning and design. For myself, the process is an invigorating sensation and provides the motivating force to further develop and refine the vision.
A meaningful concept of sustainable development necessarily must be holistic in nature as the economic, environmental and social aspects of human behaviour and quality of life are closely linked.
Sustainable development is about ensuring a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to follow. This focus on improving quality of life is becoming more widely accepted by governments, companies, and civil society organizations. It makes the sustainability concept more aspirational and changes the emphasis of the sustainable development debate towards solutions rather than problems.