Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Fall 2010 - (Page 4)

RICHARD CONLIN, SPONSOR OF SEATTLE’S NEW URBAN AGRICULTURE POLICY ON THE ROOF WITH… Interview by Caroline M. Nolan In February 2010, Sea�le Mayor Mike McGinn and the Sea�le City Council declared 2010 the “Year of Urban Agriculture” – a campaign to promote urban agriculture in the city and increase community access to locally grown foods. But there were barriers toward achieving those goals, including the City’s own rules and regulations. In response, City Council changed the rules unanimously adopting Council Bill 116907 last August, an ordinance that updates the City’s Land Use code governing urban agriculture uses, including allowing “urban farms” and “community gardens” in all zones, with some limitations in industrial zones. It also encourages food production by allowing residents to sell food grown on their property — including roo�ops. The legislation was sponsored by council president Richard Conlin. In office since 1998, and re-elected to a fourth four-year term in 2009, Conlin chairs the Council’s Regional Development & Sustainability Commi�ee. Through his work on sustainability, he became increasingly aware of the critical role food policy plays and, in 2008, sponsored the Sea�le Local Food Action Initiative, a series of actions including increasing access to healthy foods, promoting farmers markets and boosting opportunities for urban agriculture, designed to promote local/regional food sustainability and security. The initiative is designed to not only improve Sea�le’s local food system, but advance the City’s interrelated goals of race and social justice, environmental sustainability, economic development and emergency preparedness. Council Bill 116907 came out of this work. With these new code changes come increased opportunities for Sea�le residents to purchase and grow healthy food in the city. To learn more, we reached Conlin at his office at City Hall in Sea�le, Washington.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Fall 2010

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Fall 2010
From the Founder - Urban Agriculture
Strata - T.O.’s New Green Roof Construction Standard
On the Roof With…Richard Conlin
Project - Farming for the City
Beekeeping - Diary of an Urban Apiarist
Exemplary Design - GRHC’s 2010 Awards of Excellence Winners
A Green Roof That Moves
Steeped in Ecological Design
Creating Community
A Model of Municipal Leadership
A Green Roof That Works
Like a Grassland Stream
Prairie in the City
Recycling Rainwater
Research - Increasing Urban Food Security With Extensive Green Roofs
Economic Valuation of a Rooftop Food Garden
Grhc Update - Macro-Scale Food Production
New Corporate Members
New GRPs
On Spec - Urban Agriculture — Hero or Hype?

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Fall 2010