This Green Wall has the Environmental Benefits of 275 Trees

Green City Solutions wants to create living conditions that allow all people around the world to permanently have clean and cool air to breathe.

Mar 31, 2018

Cities are our centers of culture, history, shopping, employment, meeting, and more, which makes it no surprise that cities throughout the world are growing quickly.

Due to the global rise in urbanization, city planners have been developing new ways to make cities more livable. Adding greenery to cities is a major part of that since plants tend to make us calmer, more centered, and of course, clean our air.

One start-up, Green City Solutions has developed a green wall that is designed to address air pollution.  CityTree is both a vertical garden and a mobile installation that sits in urban centers. According to the company, CityTree has the environmental benefits of 275 trees! By utilizing the power of moss, or more specifically, the incredible surface area of moss, the CityTree installation can more efficiently clean the air. The moss can filter dust, nitrogen dioxide, and ozone gases.

CityTree is also an autonomous unit. That means that through a built-in monitor, the unit can water itself and supply nutrients to the moss. It also has sensors that measure water quality, soil humidity, and temperature.  Through the integrated loT technology, CityTree also delivers environmental and performance data so that users can assess how efficient the installation is.

Inventors of the Berlin-based start-up say that CityTree can offset 240 metric tons of CO2 a year and absorb approximately 250 grams of particulate matter a day.

This is an incredible benefit as particulate pollution affects millions of people around the world.

The company also allows consumers to enhance the design by adding additional features, such as solar panels, vandalism protection, and other modern perks such as WIFI.

Eventually, the inventors would like to expand their reach by installing such technology into buildings as well.

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HILLA BENZAKEN, CONTRIBUTOR
Hilla Benzaken is a dedicated optimist. Her happy place involves cooking, acting, gardening, and fighting for social justice. She writes about all things sustainability, innovation, and DIY.

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