Farm 360 in Indianapolis grows veggies with 100% renewable energy and 90% less water

October 26, 2016 by  
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Farm 360’s hydroponic growing system relies on an array of thousands of energy-efficient LED lights which bathe rows upon rows of vegetables with pink light. Nutrient rich water is pumped below the plants through large, plastic drums and is then channeled to each individual through small tubes. “We’re going to keep redesigning to become as efficient as possible,” said farm manager Jim Bloom. “We’re even looking into solar power. We really want to be as self-sufficient as we can.” There are currently five separate growing areas within the warehouse that are used to produce basil, mint, kale, lettuce, spinach, chard, and arugula. “In total, the farm grows around 35 different types of greens,” Bloom said. “And we can turn a head of lettuce in about 30 days.” Related: Freight Farms are super efficient hydroponic farms built inside shipping containers Sustainable Local Foods Indiana in partnership with the Englewood Community Development Corp.  selected the warehouse site with the goal of injecting  energy and resources into an area that has been federally designated as a “Promise Zone,” highlighted by the Obama Administration as high priority for redevelopment. “We like to repurpose what we consider to be underutilized buildings in communities where it can add real value,” said Bloom. In 2015, the neighborhood had a 47 percent poverty rate and about 24 percent unemployment rate. Since opening, Farm 360 has created living-wage twelve jobs within the community and will be staffed with thirty employees by the end of 2016. “We want people to be able to walk or ride their bike to work,” Bloom said. “The goal is to have 70 to 75 percent of our employees live right here on the east side. These are the people who want to revitalize the area.” + Farm 360 Via No Mean City Images via Esther Boston

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2017 Countryman crossover is the first MINI plug-in hybrid

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It’s been six years since the last electrified MINI, the MINI E was made available. Although BMW has confirmed plans to introduce a new fully-electric MINI in the next few years, if you’ve been hoping that MINI would introduce a plug-in model sooner, your prayers have been answered. MINI has unveiled the all-new 2017 Countryman crossover, which marks the introduction of the automaker’s first plug-in hybrid . The new Countryman is now the biggest MINI to date, but at the same time it is also the greenest model in MINI’s current lineup. Standard versions can be equipped with efficient three- and four-cylinder engines, but even more noteworthy is the new plug-in hybrid version. The Countryman plug-in hybrid is powered by a 1.5L three-cylinder mated to an electric motor for a total combined output of 221 horsepower, which is more than either of the standard gasoline powered versions. The 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery gives the Countryman plug-in hybrid an electric driving range of 24 miles at speeds up to 77 mph. Related: MINI Unveils Three of the World’s Tiniest Luxury Campers “The addition of the plug-in hybrid option is a major milestone for the brand and we look forward to bringing this exciting new vehicle into one of the top performing market segments,” said Thomas Felbermair, Vice President MINI of the Americas. MINI hasn’t announced the pricing for the Countryman plug-in hybrid , but when it arrives next summer it will be called the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. + MINI All images @ MINI

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