San Francisco-based Method Products PBC, an eco-friendly cleaning products manufacturer, and New York-based Gotham Greens, a builder and operator of greenhouse facilities in urban areas, are partnering to build the rooftop farm at Method’s new manufacturing plant in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood.
Designed by William McDonough + Partners of Charlottesville, Va., Method's plant is anticipated to be the world's first LEED-Platinum certified manufacturing plant in its industry. Gotham Greens, known as an environmental leader in New York City, will design, build and operate an agricultural greenhouse on top of the plant that is expected to produce up to 1 million pounds of sustainably grown, pesticide-free produce. The produce will be distributed through local Chicago retailers, restaurants, farmer’s markets and community groups.
“Chicago has shown remarkable leadership in urban farming and green building over the past decade,” said Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be contributing to the trailblazing work being done in these sectors and furthering Chicago’s position as one of the greenest and most innovative cities in America. We’re particularly honored to be partnering with Method and the Pullman Park development and community. We are dedicated to providing our customers and local residents with the freshest and best tasting, hyper-local produce available, 365 days of the year.”
Gotham Greens has a quirky motto: “We see green fields where others see rooftops.” But the urban agriculture approach has earned the company an Environmental Excellence Award from the New York State Department, as well as the grand prize in the 2009 New York Green Business Competition.
“Gotham Greens shares our goal of using business as a force for social and environmental good,” said Drew Fraser, CEO of Method, in a statement. “We are thrilled to partner with a like-minded organization, who has demonstrated that the innovative, adaptive use of urban space can make a significant impact on local communities.”
The facility is scheduled to be operational in the spring of 2015.