Kubi Ackerman

Kubi Ackerman

Project Director, Future of the City Lab at Tenement Museum

103 Orchard Street, New York City, New York, United States
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(212) 982-8420

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Project Director, Future of the City Lab - Museum of the City of New York

Strategic Development Consultant - Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design

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"New York is really at the forefront of this," said Kubi Ackerman, of the Urban Design Lab at Columbia University's Earth Institute.
Ackerman released a report last year demonstrating the potential for urban farms to improve access to vegetables in poor neighborhoods in New York. The report identifies more than 2,700 acres of rooftop space across the city that is suitable for agricultural use, arguing that urban and rooftop farms could improve the local environment and benefit public health while providing jobs. If that sounds too good to be true, it may be. The biggest challenge for urban farms, and particularly rooftop farms, Ackerman and others say, is money. "I don't think by any means that these are going to be offsetting big chunks of our food supply," Ackerman said. Unless a rooftop greenhouse can tap into waste heat from the building below, heating the facility through New York winters can use as much energy or more than shipping food from California or Arizona, Ackerman said. Lightfoot said the project will still provide environmental benefits, such as collecting storm-water and improving land-use. He hopes to access waste heat from the building, but said it's too soon to say whether that will happen.

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