CO-FOUNDER & CEO, GOTHAM GREENS
Viraj co-founded and serves as CEO of Gotham Greens, a worldwide pioneer in urban, indoor agriculture. Gotham Greens provides its diverse retail, restaurant, and institutional customers with reliable, year-round, local supply of produce and fresh food products produced under the highest standards of food safety and environmental sustainability. The company’s non-GMO, pesticide-free produce is grown using ecologically sustainable methods in technologically-sophisticated, 100% renewable electricity-powered, climate controlled urban greenhouses. Prior to Gotham Greens, Viraj developed and managed start-up enterprises in New York, India and Malawi, Africa focusing on sustainable agriculture, green building, renewable energy, and environmental design. His written work has appeared in several books and publications including, “100% Renewable — Energy Autonomy in Action” and the UN Academic Journal. He has received fellowships from the TED conference, Wild Gift, and the Environmental Leadership Program. Viraj is a LEED® Accredited Professional and received a B.A. from Colgate University. Under Viraj’s leadership, Gotham Greens has grown to employ over 160 employees and become one of the largest and most commercially successful urban agriculture companies in the world. The company has built and operates over 170,000 square feet of greenhouses across 4 facilities in New York City and Chicago and is actively developing projects in cities across the United States.
About Gotham Greens
Gotham Greens is a global pioneer in the urban agriculture industry and a leading regional producer of hyper-local, premium-quality produce and fresh food products. The company provides its retail, restaurant, and institutional customers with a local, year-round supply of produce under the highest standards of food safety and environmental sustainability. Gotham Greens has built and operates over 170,000 square feet of greenhouse across 4 facilities in New York and Chicago. The company is actively developing new urban agriculture projects in cities across the United States and was named one of the ‘Coolest Businesses in America’ by Business Insider. Gotham Greens was founded in 2009 in Brooklyn, New York.