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)
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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