A recent report from the Urban Design Lab at Columbia’s Earth Institute shows the potential for urban agriculture in the city. The benefits range from food production, energy efficiency, and waste reduction. The city is considering the report as part of a proposal to update zoning regulations in the city, pushing for smart ways to increase energy efficiency. Read more about the proposed zoning changes over at the NYC Department of Planning website, which goes into more detail about proposed ways to retrofit buildings to reduce energy consumption and implement renewable technology. You can download the whole report here and read more at the State of the Planetblog.