Green Era, in partnership with Urban Growers Collective and GAGDC, is developing the first Renewable Energy and Urban Farming Campus in the country on a vacant brownfield on 83rd Street near Halsted Street. The project will divert food waste from landfills and produce nutrient-rich soil through anaerobic digestion to support expansion of local urban farms. There is a lack of clean, healthy soil in urban areas and the nutrient-rich material produced by the recycling process is critical to rebuilding local food systems. With the Urban Growers Collective, the center will have a direct partner to feed this rich soil directly to community farms, vacant lots and green space.
This project is part of the Always Growing, Auburn Gresham portfolio, which was recently awarded the Pritzker Traubert Foundation Chicago Prize.
2020 – The Pritzker Traubert Foundation Chicago Prize