|Submission Date||Aug. 4, 2022|
Raritan Valley Community College
IN-49: Innovation C
|0.50 / 0.50||
Sustainability and Energy Coordinator
Facilities and Grounds
Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:
The centerpiece of our student center (designed to LEED Gold specifications) is a 9’ by 15’ “living wall” of vegetation spanning two floors and designed to improve the indoor environment. The living wall has an efficient drip irrigation system that is fed by the building's rainwater harvesting system. The living wall is a vertical, hydroponic planting system that contains close to 600 individual tropical plants from about a dozen different species. The wall absorbs noise, filters air, and provides a natural, relaxing setting for the student. The wall was designed and installed by Kelly Mac Interiorscapes, a small local business based in nearby Pittstown. The installation cost of approximately $21,000 was funded by a grant from the Merck Foundation.
A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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