Industry Insights: Green walls

Sourced from American City and County

Q&A with Amber Ponce, business development manager at LiveWall

Government Product News (GPN): What are green walls?

Amber Ponce (AP): Green walls, also known as living walls, are structural and horticultural systems that attach to existing walls to support vertical gardens. There are indoor and outdoor systems.

GPN: What are the benefits of green walls?

AP: A growing body of evidence supports that communities are healthier when there is greenery and connection to nature. Especially in urban environments, green space can be so limited. Vertical gardens provide greenery even in urban environments where ground-level space is scarce.

GPN: How has your industry’s involvement with the public sector evolved over the past few years?

A: Our industry is involved with the public sector in two ways. First, local governments more and more support green walls as an element of green design and infrastructure in approving development projects. Second, there is an increase in green wall installations in public facilities.

For example, the new Monroe County parking garage in Bloomington, Ind., incorporates green walls to fill five of the structure’s 8-foot by 6-foot window openings with a variety of plants. The idea was to break up the otherwise stark exterior of the garage with visually appealing greenery.

In Grand Rapids, Mich., offices on one side of the Rapid Operations Center, the local public transit authority’s administration building, looked straight out onto a blank concrete wall. A living wall was added to introduce a view of nature, and the benefits include reduced stress, reduced absenteeism and increased productivity and job satisfaction.

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