Partner, Gotham Green LLC, New York
Viraj Puri is co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, a New York City based urban agriculture company dedicated to growing the highest quality vegetables and culinary herbs for local restaurants and retailers. Gotham Greens’ premium quality produce is grown in state of the art rooftop greenhouses in Brooklyn, NY, using clean, renewable energy. He has developed and managed start-up enterprises in New York City, Ladakh, India and Malawi, Africa focusing on green building, renewable energy, and environmental design. Prior to founding Gotham Greens, Viraj worked at New York Sun Works, an environmental engineering firm. His written work has appeared in several books and publications including, “100% Renewable — Energy Autonomy in Action” and the UN Academic Journal. He has lectured at numerous universities and conferences on the topic of urban agriculture. He has received fellowships from the TED conference and the Wild Gift, where he currently serves on the board of directors. Viraj is a LEED® Accredited Professional and received a B.A. from Colgate University.