Planting Fresh Air

by AnLuu on November 9, 2017 - 9:28pm

In order to diminish our environmental footprint, we have decided to implement plants around Champlain college to improve the air quality that will at the same time socially sustainable.

 

Seeing as we spend a significant amount of time at school it is important to make sure the air that we are breathing is healthy. Air quality is essential and a crucial component of a healthy indoor environment and as air quality improves overall performances in school will increase. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the level of pollutants in indoor air could be up to five times higher than outdoor levels ( “Why Indoor Air Quality is Important to Schools.”) Furthermore, it would be decreasing the effects of climate change as having better air quality is one of several solutions in solving this problem. We believe that it is possible to improve air quality. The First step would be through the implementation of plants as they are great filters. Moreover, studies have shown that plants can have a significant impact on psychological health by improving concentration and well being.

Another benefit of putting plants around Champlain College is by doing so, this will encourage people to think more about our environment as by seeing these plants it will create conversation about why they are now present. Leading to everyone crossing paths with these plants becoming more aware of climate change and that by doing little things like implementing plants in our environment can help our growing problem.

 

The purpose of this project is to improve the school’s air quality by convincing the administration to support and put in place the idea of having plants in a few classrooms as well as public spaces. Indeed, several classes of our college lack of windows and are being closed all day long, leading to the prevention of proper air circulation. As a result, by putting plants that can filter the air and remove a few pollutants, will help the school to have a better air quality while also providing an optimal environment for the students. Moreover, plants are proven to have an impact on stress relief which will also alleviate the ambiance in classrooms and offices.

 

We will attempt to reach our goal by offering members of the administration and teachers a few selected plants along with cards indicating our interest in the project as well as the benefits of placing these specific plants around the school in point form. We will also come up with an easy and feasible system on how the plants will be maintained.

 

Finally, we chose the Spider Plant because it is one of the easiest houseplants to grow since they only need to be watered a few times per week. However, it can filter and remove a few air pollutants such as formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, benzene and xylene. Also, we can mix this plant with the Chrysanthemum morifolium, which is a flower that removes the same things as the spider plant, plus ammonia and benzene. Furthermore, these plants are not expensive compared to other plants with similar functions.

 

 

 

(By Mahrosh Khan, Hoai Ân Luu and Amanda Mateus)

 

 

 

References:

“Why Indoor Air Quality is Important to Schools.” EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, 17 Jan. 2017. Retrieved from  www.epa.gov/iaq-schools/why-indoor-air-quality-important-schools.

 

Claudio, L., Ph.D. (2011). Planting healthier indoor air. Environmental Health Perspectives, 119(10), A426-7. Retrieved from https://proquest-crc.proxy.ccsr.qc.ca/docview/900459580?accountid=44391

 

Pinola, Melanie (2015). This Graphic Shows the Best Air-Cleaning Plants, According to NASA. LifeHacker. Retrieved from https://lifehacker.com/this-graphic-shows-the-best-air-cleaning-plants-accord-1705307836

 

Comments

I think that this is a really good idea and can make a big difference. Plants are extremely helpful to the environment and the spider plant has many benefits that can help the air quality in our school. As said in the article, the plants being placed around the school will make people talk about why they are there. This will allow people to understand the importance of the plants being there and can teach people something they never knew before. I believe that this idea could truly work. Plants are nice to look at and can give a good look to our school. As long as there is a good way for the plants to be maintained properly, I think that the administration would have a hard time rejection this proposal!

I think that your idea is really great and that you have a good and organized plan on how to achieve your goal. I think that you should maybe create some sort of way to inform people about your project and it's benefits rather than just assume that they will comment on the plants and that they will associate it with the issue of climate change. If you were to explain your project to people prior to putting them up I think it would be effective. It would be cool if you were to sell the plants so that people will come up to you and you can explain what the project is and the benefits of spider plants. Good luck!

Your project is very interesting and I think it’s a very good idea. In fact, it is true that having plants around you can improve your mental health. Being in a college where people study a lot can have only positive impacts on the students of the college. I think that a lot of people will apprecitate your project. Furthermore, it will be a way to make our college more green and have a fresh air to breath.

After the reading of your proposal, we thought that this project was the most interesting because of its relevance to our reality. In fact, our society is based on consumption and air gets more polluted day after day. As students, we spend most of our daily lives at Champlain College and we believe that it would be a crucial improvement to do. Since our school is near a big urban area, the air is not the cleanest and planting trees would definitely improve the quality air, as mentioned in the proposal. It is an interesting idea to plant trees in order to encourage students and teachers to get involved in the well-being of the environment, in particularly the one that we are part of. We think that in order to accomplish your project, more details on the system of maintaining those plants should be developed. As a matter of fact, it is important to know whether new people should be employed or not to preserve the trees. If employment is required with your project, where will the funds will come from?

By Emilie Cloutier, Marilou Tanguay, Marie Laurence Gagnon and Beatrice Provencal

After the reading of your proposal, we thought that this project was the most interesting because of its relevance to our reality. In fact, our society is based on consumption and air gets more polluted day after day. As students, we spend most of our daily lives at Champlain College and we believe that it would be a crucial improvement to do. Since our school is near a big urban area, the air is not the cleanest and planting trees would definitely improve the quality air, as mentioned in the proposal. It is an interesting idea to plant trees in order to encourage students and teachers to get involved in the well-being of the environment, in particularly the one that we are part of. We think that in order to accomplish your project, more details on the system of maintaining those plants should be developed. As a matter of fact, it is important to know whether new people should be employed or not to preserve the trees. If employment is required with your project, where will the funds will come from?

By Emilie Cloutier, Marilou Tanguay, Marie Laurence Gagnon and Beatrice Provencal

After the reading of your proposal, we thought that this project was the most interesting because of its relevance to our reality. In fact, our society is based on consumption and air gets more polluted day after day. As students, we spend most of our daily lives at Champlain College and we believe that it would be a crucial improvement to do. Since our school is near a big urban area, the air is not the cleanest and planting trees would definitely improve the quality air, as mentioned in the proposal. It is an interesting idea to plant trees in order to encourage students and teachers to get involved in the well-being of the environment, in particularly the one that we are part of. We think that in order to accomplish your project, more details on the system of maintaining those plants should be developed. As a matter of fact, it is important to know whether new people should be employed or not to preserve the trees. If employment is required with your project, where will the funds will come from?

By Emilie Cloutier, Marilou Tanguay, Marie Laurence Gagnon and Beatrice Provencal

Your project seems very good. Your point is well supported by facts and relevant sources. It would be interesting to see an outline of your schedule, and who will be doing what and when. I do agree that plants do make us happier, I even made the step to include plants in my bedroom. It would be interesting if you developed on why you chose the spider plant instead of any other ordinary plant.
My main concern is to know where your funding is coming from. Buying plants for all the classrooms can be quite expensive, especially during the winter since plants are harder to find and generally less expensive than in the summer.
If it interests you I know that there I another team in knowledge society and the environment (1227) doing a very similar project to yours, so it could be interesting if you guys could work together to avoid buying two plants for one classroom. It could help reduce the cost and the workload of your project.

Your project seems very good. Your point is well supported by facts and relevant sources. It would be interesting to see an outline of your schedule, and who will be doing what and when. I do agree that plants do make us happier, I even made the step to include plants in my bedroom. It would be interesting if you developed on why you chose the spider plant instead of any other ordinary plant.
My main concern is to know where your funding is coming from. Buying plants for all the classrooms can be quite expensive, especially during the winter since plants are harder to find and generally less expensive than in the summer.
If it interests you I know that there I another team in knowledge society and the environment (1227) doing a very similar project to yours, so it could be interesting if you guys could work together to avoid buying two plants for one classroom. It could help reduce the cost and the workload of your project.

I love the idea. Your goal is clear and you have well proven that your project can only be benefic for the school, the students and the staff as well. You have proven your point by providing clear example of its advantages. The only thing I would say is that I have no idea what the air pollutant that you have listed are doing to us. I assume they are bad by the way you presented them, but what are they actually doing. Otherwise, I like your project and I really hope that you will achieve it. To me, it seems that you are going to make it and I look forward on seeing more plants around and in the college.

This is a great project. One of the first thing I noticed when coming to Champlain College was the lack of plants. In fact, I don't remember seeing one plant in the school. Knowing their benefits on health and on the environment, I think it is important to put plants in the school. Also, it could make the school more colourful and alive and less depressing. However, how will you pay for the plants and in how many classes do you want to place plants? Since plants can be expensive, if you want to place them in many classes, it could quickly become really expensive. Will you organize a funding event? I think it could be a solution to avoid the high costs generated by this project.

This project seems very interesting and awesome. I think that putting plants around the campus will help students to be more motivated and have energy to conquer the day. Also, I think is a good idea to clean and put more healthy air in the school/classrooms. However, you guys should be careful in which type of plant you are going to put in the room because there may be some students who are allergic to some plants. How are going to make sure that the plant is going to get water? Furthermore, I think our project could help you guys you can go like our Facebook page "Chang in Green" or send a mio/message to Renata Mirza for more information. Overall, this project looks interesting and feasible. Keep it up.

I love the idea of this and having more plants around the school and not just in main areas like the library! I completely agree that we do spend a lot of time at school and having these plants to make the air quality better is an excellent little step. I just wonder why you chose the spider plant? Were you specifically looking for plants that remove a few air pollutants such as formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, benzene and xylene or was that just a perk the spider plant had. Also i think as your project is moving forward it would be neat to see how much each one costs and how much in total it would be to fill the school. All in all i love the idea and i can't wait to see your project succeed!

This plan of action only seems to have advantages, and many of them. I feel like this idea could really only bring positive impacts and not only the ones you pointed out. Many more unknown impacts are surely to come from this idea. I would fully support this idea and I am strongly looking forward to seeing this plan come to life. I can also sense that you put a lot of research into your project since you compared the multiple plants that are found in the market or in nature. You really seem to know what you are talking about when you say exactly the toxic and dangerous gases or pollutants from the indoor air. I can strongly relate to what your project demonstrates as values because for me the air I breath is one of the many things that I truly care about.

This plan of action only seems to have advantages, and many of them. I feel like this idea could really only bring positive impacts and not only the ones you pointed out. Many more unknown impacts are surely to come from this idea. I would fully support this idea and I am strongly looking forward to seeing this plan come to life. I can also sense that you put a lot of research into your project since you compared the multiple plants that are found in the market or in nature. You really seem to know what you are talking about when you say exactly the toxic and dangerous gases or pollutants from the indoor air. I can strongly relate to what your project demonstrates as values because for me the air I breath is one of the many things that I truly care about.

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