In September 2009, URS accepted a start-up project, The Greenhouse Project, aimed at promoting urban food production using the latest technologies to conserve energy, water, and to limit or eliminate artificial fertilizer.
URS has also partnered with its long-time ally, Ecocity Builders, to assist in the development of International Ecocity Standards.A draft of these standards will be available at the Ecocity Conference to be held August 2010 in Montreal, Canada.
Just One Tree
_URS will launch the Just One Tree Project in 2012 with the goal of
illustrating that the second most-dense city in America can be more
self-sufficient in food crops. Our target crop in 2012-2013 is the
Lemon Tree. The Bay Area is deficient in citrus according to a SAGE
Study of the San Francisco Food Shed Assessment
(especially Improved Meyer Lemons) grow very well in San Francisco.
Our goal is to ensure that 12,000 lemon trees are registered,
planted and thriving by the end of 2013, providing
approximately 3 pounds of lemons per person per year -- total self
sufficiency in this useful crop. An estimated 3-4,000 lemon trees
already exist in backyards according to the Department of Public