This school has turned to Mother Nature to help keep its building’s air clean

An elementary-middle school in Maryland has turned to Mother Nature to help keep the building’s air clean.It’s a literal green wall of plants in full view of students and staff members. It’s not what some would expect to see when walking into a school building, but it’s a project that’s good for the environment and learning at Hampden Elementary-Middle School in Baltimore. “Like, you walk in through the doors and then all of a sudden, you see this, like, bright green masterpiece,” said Zion Parran, a student at Hampden Elementary-Middle School.A masterpiece with a purpose: to help clean the air throughout the school building. It’s a project that’s been more than a year in the making. It’s the brainchild of Ray Greenstreet, president of Greenstreet-Greenwalls. “We are actually pulling in the dirty air in up there from that fan, and it’s sucking the air into the wall and there’s a double panel wall. It looks like siding on your home and we pressurize that wall. And we bring fresh water in from the faucet and it fills the wall,” Greenstreet said. “NASA discovered that active plants through the root zone or rising sphere, the plants actually breakdowns VOCs —volatile organic compounds.”As some might expect, the greenwall is an instant conversation starter.”I mean they ask a lot of questions and I think that energy gets people excited about, ‘What does it mean that you are applying to become an official greenschool? How did this get started?'” said teacher Claire McNamara.The greenwall is often used as a teachable moment for students who are eager to show it off.”The greenwall will help our school environment by producing clean air and increasing the health of our environment,” student Emily Laricci said.”We hope that the plants that we grow and give away will spread happiness throughout our community,” student Joseph James added.A community which was the driving force in helping to pay for The Greenwall Project.”We are delighted with the installation of this gorgeous plant wall. We are grateful for grant funding from the Hampden Community Council,” said Daphne Reinhart, with Friends of Hampden.A group is helping the school keep the environment clean one plant at a time.There are plans in the works to eventually install more greenwalls in the area.

An elementary-middle school in Maryland has turned to Mother Nature to help keep the building’s air clean.

Advertisement

It’s a literal green wall of plants in full view of students and staff members.

It’s not what some would expect to see when walking into a school building, but it’s a project that’s good for the environment and learning at Hampden Elementary-Middle School in Baltimore.

“Like, you walk in through the doors and then all of a sudden, you see this, like, bright green masterpiece,” said Zion Parran, a student at Hampden Elementary-Middle School.

A masterpiece with a purpose: to help clean the air throughout the school building. It’s a project that’s been more than a year in the making. It’s the brainchild of Ray Greenstreet, president of Greenstreet-Greenwalls.

“We are actually pulling in the dirty air in up there from that fan, and it’s sucking the air into the wall and there’s a double panel wall. It looks like siding on your home and we pressurize that wall. And we bring fresh water in from the faucet and it fills the wall,” Greenstreet said. “NASA discovered that active plants through the root zone or rising sphere, the plants actually breakdowns VOCs —volatile organic compounds.”

As some might expect, the greenwall is an instant conversation starter.

“I mean they ask a lot of questions and I think that energy gets people excited about, ‘What does it mean that you are applying to become an official greenschool? How did this get started?'” said teacher Claire McNamara.

The greenwall is often used as a teachable moment for students who are eager to show it off.

“The greenwall will help our school environment by producing clean air and increasing the health of our environment,” student Emily Laricci said.

“We hope that the plants that we grow and give away will spread happiness throughout our community,” student Joseph James added.

A community which was the driving force in helping to pay for The Greenwall Project.

“We are delighted with the installation of this gorgeous plant wall. We are grateful for grant funding from the Hampden Community Council,” said Daphne Reinhart, with Friends of Hampden.

A group is helping the school keep the environment clean one plant at a time.

There are plans in the works to eventually install more greenwalls in the area.