Grounds for Change: Activating Vacant Land

Green for Green


Tags: advocacy, agriculture, collection, degradation, greenhouse, greywater, grow, hydroponics, lots, Philadelphia, power, retrofit, sewer, soil, stormwater, urban, water

Small-scale, low-cost solutions to stormwater management and soil degradation.

Green for Green proposes a community effort for economic growth, using small-scale, low-cost solutions. The issues at stake are the stormwater management and soil degradation problems associated with urban vacancy. Two main features of the Green for Green strategy are greenhouses installed in vacant lots, and communal space--such as basements and roofs--outfitted to collect greywater for agricultural re-use. Hydroponic greenhouses are a viable urban agricultural solution because they do not require site cleaning to move forward in the farming process. Green for Green speculates that the visibility of greenhouses would furthermore improve the real estate value of both adjacent properties and neighborhoods at large, attracting further economic and community development. Collecting greywater would help alleviate the burden currently placed on Philadelphia's combined sewer--a system in which stormwater and waste products are channeled through the same pipes and treatment facilities.