Four classrooms at 60 College Street were outfitted with living walls bringing a verdant swath of nature into the lower level of the Yale School of Public Health’s main building.
Enthusiastic students, faculty, staff and Dean Sten H. Vermund used their green thumbs to insert hearty potted plants into wall racks that are also designed to provide a constant source of water. The plant species selected for the walls thrive in low and artificial light. The project was proposed by the YSPH Sustainability Committee in support of the Built Environment component of the 2017-2025 YSPH Sustainability Action Plan. In the future, other living walls may be installed elsewhere around the school. Living walls bring the outdoors in, improving a rooms’ aesthetics while also supporting the intellectual, mental and emotional well-being of students, faculty, staff and guests who regularly use the spaces.