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KPPC Hydroponic Gardening Project 2018


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Plants have a series of basic needs to survive and thrive, all of which can be satisfied with many materials found around the office and a few online purchases. A hydroponic garden does not use soil, require sunlight, or require a large footprint. Because of this, a hydroponic garden provides an alternative and sustainable approach for a workplace where a traditional garden would not be practical.

A hydroponic garden is a great way to bring fresh herbs and vegetables into an office setting by using an affordable setup with minimal maintenance. The garden can be as simple or as extensive as desired to fit the purpose, whether for display, education or simply producing herbs for use by employees.

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KPPC Hydroponic Gardening Project 2018

  1. 1. Hydroponic Gardening: Sustainability in the Workplace Contact us! Alex Delgado Beebe Student Sustainability Engineer
  2. 2. • Administered by the KY Division of Compliance Assistance • Free, voluntary recognition program that encourages members to complete projects that improve the environment at home, within an organization, or in a community. KY Excellence in Environmental Leadership (KY EXCEL) • KPPC has chosen to create a hydroponic garden as our KY EXCEL project
  3. 3. A hydroponic garden project fit into KPPCs day-to-day operations as well as serves as a demonstration of sustainability in the workplace of our client A hydroponic garden is a low-maintenance, cost-effective way to encourage and demonstrate a commitment to environmental and social sustainability There are many factors to decide if a hydroponic garden is right for your business & organization: -What a hydroponic garden is -How a hydroponic garden works -How much a garden costs -What maintenance is required -What benefits can a garden offer Hydroponic Project Overview
  4. 4. What is a Hydroponic Garden? Plants need five resources to thrive: Light, Water, CO2, Nutrients, Medium All can be satisfied with an indoor hydroponic garden
  5. 5. Four main components of a hydroponic garden: – Container: This will contain the nutrient-rich water and air stone. This also houses the plants through the lid. – Air pump and air stone: This aerates the roots resulting in significantly faster growing than soil. – Grow light: Satisfies the photosynthetic process of the plants. – Net pots and clay pebbles: Adult plants use the net pots and clay pebbles as structure, stretching their roots grow down into the nutrient-rich, aerated water. How Does a Hydroponic Garden Work?
  6. 6. Cost depends on type and purpose of hydroponic garden, our costs were such: How Much does a Hydroponic Garden Cost? Item Cost ($) Item Cost ($) Clay pebbles $6 Rockwool grow cubes $10 Mesh net pots (15) $5 Airstones + connecters $25 Small air pumps (4) $20 50ft air tubing $8 150w LED grow light $60 Hydroponic nutrients $30 PH control kit $10 Nutrient TDS meter $10 Mechanical outlet timers $8 Packs of seeds $8 Leftover cups for seed growth Display tripod to hang grow light from Starting Materials Our total starting cost: $200 Materials donated by staff: Four 5-gallon paint buckets Soil from home garden for seed growth
  7. 7. Three main tasks for garden maintenance: PH Monitoring: water must not be too acidic or basic Nutrient Monitoring: minerals are needed for growth Water Leveling: over time, water will evaporate and be absorbed How Much Maintenance is Required?
  8. 8. Engaging Sustainability: Immediate “what is that?” factor into any workplace, exhibit booth or recruiting event Staff Benefits: Gardening supports a healthier, more environmentally aware and engaged workplace Sustainable Culture: Gardening can serve as a “first step” into office space sustainability How can a Garden Benefit my Workplace?
  9. 9. Contact us! Alex Delgado Beebe Student Sustainability Engineer Hydroponic Gardening: Sustainability in the Workplace