Viraj Puri | Guest Speaker | NY Sun Works Youth Conference


Viraj Puri is an entrepreneur and innovator who has helped to advance the global indoor farming industry. In 2009, Viraj co-founded Gotham Greens, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Certified B Corp. Over the past decade under Viraj’s leadership, Gotham Greens has grown to be one of the largest and most commercially successful indoor farming companies in the world with more than 500 employees and 13 high-tech greenhouse facilities across nine U.S. states. Today, Gotham Greens products are available in more than 6,000 grocery store locations and ecommerce in more than 45 U.S. states. His work has been published in several books and journals, including “Innovation on Tap,” “100% Renewable: Energy Autonomy in Action” and the UN Academic Journal.

On Wednesday, May 24th, NY Sun Works hosted our 12th Annual Discovering Sustainability Science Youth Conference! Almost 1000 students and teachers from our 250 partner schools in NYC and the metro area came together in person at the Javits Center to share their independent science and environmental research and celebrate their scientific achievements. This event brought together K-12th grade students, educators, scientists, and innovators to explore the interaction between human behavior, the use of technology, and the impacts on the environment.

East Orange STEM Academy
P.S. 197 – The Kings Highway Academy
John P. Holland Charter School
P.S. 059 William Floyd
P.S 176 – The Ovington School
Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
P.S. 288 The Shirley Tanyhill
Bronx Latin
P.S. 048 P.O. Michael J. Buczek
PS 199 Jesse Isidor Straus
IS 125 Thomas J. McCann Woodside
Martin Van Buren High School
PS 018 Edward Bush
West End Secondary School
Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School
P.S. 181 Brooklyn
William Cullen Bryant High School
P.S. 721 – Brooklyn Occupational Training Center
Manhattan School for Children
P.S. 196 Ten Eyck
Public School 9 The Sarah Smith Garnet School
P.S. 084 Jose de Diego
Vista Academy
P.S. 214 Michael Friedsam
St. Saviour High School
Satellite Academy High School
Academy for Conservation and The Environment
High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media
East Brooklyn Community High School
Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies
John Bowne High School
Brooklyn Technical High School
Pelham Preparatory Academy
Corona Arts & Sciences Academy
P.S. I59 – Isaac Pitkin

NY Sun Works is a non-profit organization that builds innovative science labs in urban schools. Through our Greenhouse Project Initiative we use hydroponic farming technology to educate students and teachers about the science of sustainability. We envision a generation of environmental innovators, empowered to create solutions to global resource challenges.

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