Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.65
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michael Stifter
Facilities Mgmt.
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Classroom Greenwall Installation

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

An examination was done on whether the presence of a “greenwall” (a living wall of plants) was associated with higher levels of workspace satisfaction, academic self-efficacy, mood, and performance in an academic classroom. It was found that students in a greenwall-enhanced classroom scored higher on all study variables than students in a control classroom.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The research found no pre-installation differences between the two classrooms. In contrast, for the post-installation comparisons, students in the greenwall room scored significantly higher on the measures of workspace satisfaction, academic self-efficacy, and mood. For the paired spring classes, it was found that academic performance was significantly better in the greenwall room (mean GPA = 3.11) than in the control room (mean GPA = 2.91).

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum ---
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement ---
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings ---
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Energy ---
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Purchasing ---
Transportation ---
Waste ---
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Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment ---

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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