Brooklyn, an organic market, sustainable space, and a group of enthusiastic millennials—our Emerging Professionals tour of Whole Foods in Gowanus on August 29th was nearly too hip to bear. See photos from their visit below, and join our network of up-and-coming young professionals on our membership page.
Designed, built, and operated by Gotham Greens in partnership with Whole Foods, this 20,000-foot greenhouse features advanced irrigation systems that use up to 20 times less water than conventional farming and advanced glazing and equipment to reduce energy use.
These absorption chillers use recovered waste heat from the 157-kilowatt combined heat-and-power (CHP) system to drive a refrigeration cycle, using CO2 to cool the market and eliminate synthetic refrigerants like HFCs and CFCs.
The store’s onsite power generation system, including this solar and wind array, generates over 324 kilowatts of power—enough to offset nearly a third of the market’s energy use.
After a sunny afternoon tour, our Emerging Professionals went home with rooftop-grown Gotham Greens lettuce.
Want to learn more about sustainability at Whole Foods? Read Urban Green Chief Program Officer Cecil Scheib’s recap of his visit last year.