October 17, 2010 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Many have written, photographed, and spoken about urban gardens. But this is the first time I have seen someone rap about urban gardens. I was “moved” by this urban gardens rap music video…
And as the rappers note: ”Urban gardening is shown to reduce energy costs associated with cooling office buildings and households. In addition, the organic foods produced by these rooftop farms is not only healthy for yourself, but also the environment. It is about using space wisely. As our cities become more and more populated, urban gardening is providing a new connection to healthy eating, and helping beautify neighborhoods across the globe.”
The video was submitted by a student at Ohio State University (known on YouTube as Smucker1121) to the Building a Better Tomorrow Today video competition, sponsored by YKK AP America. The competition was established to encourage innovation while further advancing the green building industry. Entrants were eligible to win $1,500 in cash and a $1,000 donation on their behalf in support of U.S. Green Building Council Philanthropic Programs.
Participants were invited to submit videos showcasing their ideas for how America can enhance the built environment for generations to come–whether through an energy-savings, green building, or sustainability perspective. Winners will be announced at GreenBuild in Chicago in November.