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ENERGY EDUCATION

Presented by Growing PLACE and Spark-Y

Via Verde, LLC is joining the Via campus to grow greens and herbs hydroponically all year-round in an innovative, vertical growing system that conserves land, water, and energy compared to conventional agriculture. This process eliminates the impact of Minnesota weather and reduces the effect of climate change on harvests and the cost of food.


The food grown at Via will be sold to restaurants, grocers, food cooperatives, and will be offered at a discount to Via Sol residents and campus employees.


The ground floor “commercial” space in Via Sol will host the first growing space for Via Verde. Later, a separate building with a commercial greenhouse will be constructed on the west edge of the Via campus to add a great deal more growing space.


Growing PLACE and Spark-Y, both nonprofits, are participating in Via Verde—one as a member and one as the growing expert. Together, they will provide community education around energy, including food as a type of energy. Participants will learn about growing foods in an urban environment, minimizing food “waste,” and collecting spoiled or scrap food, bringing it back into the loop to reduce the carbon footprint of human activity and preserve nutrients. Spark-Y also trains and employs youth in growing and preparing food, providing them with a foundation for future professional employment.


To learn more about Spark-Y’s work around the Twin Cities, click the button below.

Stay tuned for more news about Via Verde and Via Living’s Energy Education!

 
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CREATIVITY

grow your creative endeavors with live/work homes, exhibit spaces, and a connected community

HEALTH

breathe easy in spaces designed to be healthy for you and the planet

pursuing LEED certification

ACCESSIBILITY

ease car dependency with car-free living benefits, a commuter bike trail, walkable neighborhood, and future LRT station

 
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RENEWABLE

live powered by renewable food and energy onsite

BELONGING

join events, workshops, and gatherings inspired by art, sustainability, and community

EXPLORATION

discover community spaces and storytelling moments interwoven on every floor inside and outside

 
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Via Sol + E-Generation Rendering 1
Via Sol + E-Gen Rendering 2
Urban Art Forest + Playground + Grill Area
Apartment Living Room + Kitchen
Children's Playrooms