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Friday, May 13 • 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Feeding a Hungry World: The Quest for High‐density, Sustainable Urban Agriculture
Track: Place + Locus

Urban agriculture (UA) can help feed the world’s growing urban population using high‐density food production (HDFP) systems such as vertical farms and plant factories, which use electric lighting, and complex HVAC systems for environmental control. HDFP facilities use less arable land and water to produce food rich in nutrients and flavor, consistently and year round, regardless of location. Additional benefits of high‐density UA include food security, decreased energy use for transportation and storage, agricultural education, and jobs training. Challenges include: current vendor‐driven design approaches; building codes; capital costs; and the need for new integrated design approaches to maximize resource efficiency.

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Speakers
avatar for Steve Guttmann

Steve Guttmann

Principal, Director of Quality Assurance, Guttmann & Blaevoet
Steven Guttmann has more than three decades of leadership in integrated building design, energy conservation and sustainable design. Since 1991, he has developed his mid‐sized consulting engineering firm into one of the most awarded California consulting firms, receiving national and regional ASHRAE awards for innovation in sustainable design almost every year since 2003. The firm’s San Francisco office was one of the first 100 businesses... Read More →
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Dr. Nadia Sabeh

Associate, Guttmann & Blaevoet
Dr. Nadia Sabeh, a licensed Mechanical Engineer at Guttmann & Blaevoet, leads the firm’s Agriculture in Controlled Environments Team, which specializes in infrastructure for indoor agriculture production systems. She has nearly 20 years of experience researching and designing climate control systems for greenhouse vegetable production, and indoor cannabis grows. Nadia received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Westin: Puget Sound