Indoor Farm Sustainability Assessment

The Center of Excellence offers a detailed online technical survey that can be used to assess farm operations sustainability in terms of the Triple Bottom Line (TBL).  The assessment evaluates the use of water, energy, labor and other inputs in consideration of production yields. We also assess job creation and waste management.

What is Sustainable Agriculture?

 

Sustainable development involves the simultaneous pursuit of economic prosperity, environmental quality and social equity.

Indoor farms aiming for sustainability need to perform not against a single, financial bottom line but against what is called the Triple Bottom Line.

Success is therefore measured in terms of:
People, Planet and Profits.

Building a Sustainable Farm Operation

 

To build a sustainable farm requires a knowledge management strategy that promotes learning and process improvement:

  • Assess: Benchmark where you are today
  • Design: Develop a plan for improvement
  • Execute: Implement the new design
  • Review: Re-assess metrics

Based on the results, repeat process for continuous improvement.

The Value of Our Assessment

The Center of Excellence offers a detailed online technical survey that can be used to assess farm operations in terms of the Triple Bottom Line (TBL).  The assessment evaluates the use of water, energy, labor and other inputs in consideration of production yields. We also assess job creation and waste management.

The results of the assessment will be of value to the farm’s CEO, Chief Sustainability Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, and Operations Manager.

The assessment will also be of value to investors doing due diligence or reviewing the performance of companies in their portfolio.

All growers using our assessment survey will be automatically entered into the pool for our annual “Best in Class” awards.

 

Which Farms Are Eligible for Assessment?

The survey is designed for all indoor farm vertical growers, plant factories, aquaponics facilities and greenhouses.

Greenhouse Growers

Indoor Vertical Farm Growers

Plant Factories

Who Should Fill Out the Survey?

We recommend that the survey be filled out by one of the following roles:
Chief Sustainability Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Operations Manager

Areas of Assessment

Growers receive feedback in the following areas

Effective Use of Space

Effective Use of Water

Effective Use of Energy

Effective Use of Labor

Job Creation

Yields

Waste

What are the Outcomes of the Assessment?

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Certificate of Completion

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Customized Report

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Farm Sustainability Maturity Rating

Earn a Best in Class Award!

 

 All growers participating in our survey will be automatically entered into the pool our annual “Best in Class” awards, which recognize grower excellence. Please go to our awards page for more information.

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