Here is another in our series of articles about things going on around Rochester. Enjoy!
If you’ve ever been to Santiago, Chile, you may have noticed one of the walls on the Intercontinental Hotel as being purely green. It hasn’t been painted, however — the 17,000-square foot structure is actually made from grass and other green living materials. There’s also the Sysco Foods building in Vancouver, British Columbia, which features Canada’s third-largest green roof at 68,000 square feet.
Even if you’ve never seen those modern marvels, you can still appreciate their beauty based on the descriptions above (or with a quick image search into Google). And it’s all because of the Rochester-based green builder Green Living Technologies International (GLTi), which was recently announced as one of the winners of the 2014 Environmental Protection Agency Environment Quality Award.
Last week, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter gave the word, positing that she nominated GLTi for its leadership in providing green roofing and wall projects like those in Santiago and Vancouver as well as for advancements in the fields of job creation and energy independence and initiatives close to home in Rochester.
“Though GLTi’s footprint extends far beyond our community throughout the world, they manufacture their technologies here in Rochester,” Rep. Slaughter said during the nomination speech. “GLTi’s unique technologies have helped conserve energy consumption, reduce storm water runoff, filter pollutants and carbon dioxide out of the air, while encouraging environmentally sustainable farming.”
While GLTi’s commitments to green living aren’t the only steps in the march toward energy independence — after all, you could very easily install vinyl windows in your home to prevent heat loss and slash your monthly energy bills — the company, which was founded in 1999, has proven to be particularly fruitful in contributing to the education of the public in terms of environmentally conscious endeavors, according to a press release.
GLTi recently partnered with Foodlink in order to establish a series of urban indoor farms in Rochester in order to achieve a more sustainable method of food production, especially through the use of GLTi’s vertical farming processes. These new methods help cut the use of fossil fuels altogether as well as limit the number of pesticides and fertilizers that need to be used in order to harvest a good crop.
Also locally, GLTi helped to implement a green wall at the Rochester Institute of Technology measuring 8 feet wide and 40 feet tall in order to improve air quality on campus. GLTi has also linked up with West Irondequoit High School’s STEM Institute (short for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to explore how efforts like green walls, green roofs and vertical farming can be associated into a core school curriculum.
GLTi received its award last week at a ceremony in New York City.