How can companies present in business parks contribute to the deployment of urban gardens and greenhouses?
Question asked to Luca Macchi, IMS - Inspiring More Sustainability for Neomag magazine #22
The report on the 3rd Industrial Revolution states that urban and suburban gardens are a positive complement and alternative to rural agriculture. Beyond production, they contribute to people's well-being by enabling them to make their contribution to the community. Some companies have understood this. In Luxembourg, HR managers have embarked on this path. There are already facilities in Bettembourg at the IFSB, in Bertrange at AG2R La Mondiale and in Oberpallen at the Pall Center.
This mobilization around Corporate Gardening was preceded by an important information and awareness phase. For setting up this type of facility can be complex and costly, given the safety measures that exist in areas linked to certain industrial activities.
Hence the importance of collaboration between companies located in the same area, the municipality, or even the state, to ensure the success and sustainability of such projects. The benefits are numerous: from an environmental point of view: green urban spaces, improved air quality and reduction of the urban heat island effect, mitigation of the effects of rainwater; from a social point of view: food security, leisure, social cohesion, healthier food, reduction of stress and burnouts; from an economic point of view: income generation, added real estate value. The possibilities for deployment are multiple and depend on the objectives, the scale of investment and the dedicated space.
This can range from small automated or non-automated installations, in indoor or outdoor spaces, within everyone's reach and promoting a good atmosphere among colleagues, to larger greenhouse-type installations. Completely dedicated to more intensive production, they help to make better use of the building's resources. The potential is enormous, as company roofs could cover up to 20% of the country's fruit and leafy vegetable needs within 10 to 15 years.
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