by etienne on November 14, 2017 - 4:13pm
Green Wall Proposal
Our project is to create a green wall in the library. We specifically chose the big grey stair-case wall (ugly) behind the reference librarian desk. We chose the side of the wall that faces to the computers. For us it was the most logical place to install our green wall. No matter where you sit in the library you can see it. Our goal is to bring fresh air, make the library well-looking, creating an atmosphere of nature-like environment that makes students more concentrated and creative. We are pursuing this goal because we want to concretize the work that others didn’t finish. We will achieve this goal by staying realistic, not exaggerating the possible final product so that it would be impossible to achieve, and working hard in order to complete our project in time. We decide that we won’t divide the work into separate parts and we will do all the project together. Each one of us will have responsibilities in each step of our project but we thought it was a better idea to do it as a group so we can help each other since it’s a manual project
Our green wall will consist of several elements. First, we will make a wooden frame where we will put the moss (see the plan at the end). The moss has already been collected at “Au Petit Boisé” last week. Now that we have made mix to make the moss grow, it will be very easy to produce a large quantity of it once it had started to grow well. We just have to make a small recipe with the following ingredients: moss, butter milk and water. Some people use diaper gel also in their mix but after doing some researches, we have found that it is not necessary to use it, so to keep the more money we can, we will not put diaper gel in our mix. The moss will then grow on square frames hang in the middle of the wall. There will also be flower and climbing plants pots at the bottom of the green wall on wooden shelves we’ll make. The climbing plants will grow on hangers that we will put on the wall around the moss frames.
Our timeline isn’t defined yet since the first step will be to meet Gaston and fix a date with him for when we will hang our structure once our project will be approved. For the moment, we have to make the moss mix, collect hangers and build the structure as well as make the frames and shelves. The moss mix and application will be done this weekend. The hangers, frames and shelves will be done in the next and two weeks and we will finish by hanging the structure in about a month. The timeline is realistic because our task is clear and not too complicated and we are motivated to make some changes.
The impacts our project will have are diversified. The library will look better with the nature like environment, the air will be fresher since plant absorb carbon dioxide and release dioxide during the process of photosynthesis, students will have, due to the nature like environment, a more positive mood, the will experience psychological well-being, will be less stressed and anxious, and will cope better with pain and distress. These impacts will hopefully lead to students having better marks.
The material needed (wood, metal hangers, metal harness, rope, plants and water) is not very complicated to find. Our cost will hopefully stay under 50$, since we will need around 10 pots that would cost between 4 and 5$ each. For the rest of the material, we are confident that we will be able to recycle a lot of materials like wood, hangers, etc. from our homes and from the arts department of Champlain College so our cost is most likely to stay under 50$. Our funding will come mainly from Mr. Goldberg 50$ budget. If we exceed, which shouldn’t happen, we will try to make a deal with teams that are not spending their full 50$.
We estimate spending between 15 and 20 hours on this project depending on the problems we might run into. Research has been done to find the best inside climbing plants. The best way to grow them, how to grow moss and the effects of having a nature-like environment in a library. Since we already have the approval and authorisation of the head librarian to complete our project, the only thing left we must organize is a meeting with Gaston Pelletier to arrange the installation of our set-up.