Title: Green Walls
Budget: around $100 per sq. foot
Timeline: fully flourished not much later than a year, and may last as many as 25 depending on conditions.
Description: Not only would green walls brighten up our space which increases morale and productivity, but indoor air quality would increase, carbon dioxide would decrease, and the real estate industry would profit. There are a number of drab concrete buildings on UIC’s campus that could use this green boosting up. The school comes with a great view of many incredible buildings on the skyline, and adding a bit of green would expand the beauty a bit. The introduction of green walls to either the indoor or outdoor walls of some buildings at UIC would provide some great benefit. Greenplantsforbuildings.org, whose information is backed by peer reviewed research, explains how plants can convert toxic chemicals from our air into food while producing clean oxygen for us to breathe. There is also research that shows green walls can allow for lowering the shading coefficient which may cause a sort of insulation effect depending on the design, reducing carbon dioxide and stress levels of community members. Indoor, displays can include anything from window sized, to entire walls, while outdoor, typically a trellis type system is installed for vines and ground rooted plants. It is possible to introduce older grown plants, but the transplanting might be difficult on some buildings. There are many different shapes these walls can take on as well. Depending on the amount of investment available, specialty shapes and designs can be made, and community members can offer their suggestions as well. It would be impossible to deny that a fair amount of caretaking would be necessary for the maintenance of the plants, indoor more than out, but there are certain irrigation systems available as well as community participation.