Protect: Indoor Air Quality
New research shows that indoor plants don’t clean indoor air effectively.
A summary of the study here explains that past studies done in laboratory settings don’t match conditions in normal classrooms where you'd need close to 10 plants per square foot before they could approximate cleaning the air at the same rate it’s removed via exchange with outdoor air. The authors recommend future research efforts shift to environments that have the basic indoor process of exchanging air with the outside. Until then, if you want cleaner indoor air, the authors recommend opening a window. Read the full article here.
Starting in Award Year 2021, Green Steps can no longer accept “Plants in the Classroom" as an Indoor Air Quality Project. We hope students will continue to make upcycled planters as a “Conserve: Reuse” project and fill them with plants that have been shown to have a beneficial effect on mood and mental health and can help students learn more about plants and ecology.
Ask your mentor to do a presentation, then click on these links to learn more about indoor air quality at schools.
Ideas for sharing student indoor air quality knowledge
Sample Project: Make a Self-Watering Planter