A Seattle apartment building is being converted into a greenhouse to feed the city’s growing population, creating an enormous opportunity for people living there to be able to live more sustainably.
Seattle has already grown by more than 100,000 people over the past three decades, and in the past 10 years it has become the most populous city in the United States.
But in the city where there are fewer than 1,000 residents per square mile, it’s not clear how the city can grow even as the climate changes.
The project in question, which is on a vacant lot in the village of Eastlake, is part of the Seattle Climate Change Alliance, a collaboration between the city and the nonprofit sustainability organization GreenBuilders.
It includes a rooftop greenhouse that can be converted into an outdoor greenhouse to allow for more sunlight and more energy.
GreenBuilders’ director, Krista Hochberg, said the greenhouse can produce enough food to feed 2,000 households for three months.
The city also has a pilot program in which people can buy an array of organic vegetables from local farmers for $2.50 per kilogram.
“It’s a big opportunity for Seattle,” Hochbucher said.
“It’s going to be an incredible way for us to produce more food for the people who live here.”
The greenhouse is designed to be smaller than a typical one-story home, so it can be used in conjunction with a larger structure, Hochbolger said.
It can also be converted to a home office.
And, because the building is in a residential neighborhood, the city is looking to make sure the project is green for residents as well.
The greenhouse was constructed on a site that once housed a fire station and fire hydrant, but the building has since been converted into green space.
The first phase of the greenhouse is expected to be completed by the end of the year.