University of Vermont

RSENR Community Comes Together to Share Coffee and Learn about Green Walls

Associate Professor Deane Wang and Honors College students present a prototype green wall to RSENR Board of Advisers, faculty, and staff.
Associate Professor Deane Wang and Honors College students present a prototype green wall to RSENR Board of Advisers, faculty, and staff.

The Aiken Center Solarium provided the ideal setting for the April 26th coffee hour sponsored by the RSENR Board of Advisers for staff and faculty.  There was a constant buzz in the room as advisers, staff, and faculty met for the first time or renewed conversations from past meetings.

After Mark Biedron, chair of the Board of Advisers, welcomed everyone to the community gathering, Associate Professor Deane Wang introduced three students who participated in the service learning class, Ecology for Sustainability. The class brought together RSENR students with classmates from the UVM Honors College. Students Krystina Katterman, Meraz Mostafa, and Joe O'Brien described how the class designed and created a prototype of a green wall, currently located in the Aiken solarium. The students hope the prototype will serve as a model for a full-scale green wall in the Aiken Center to help provide environmental benefits such as enhanced aesthetics, improved air quality, and reduced noise.