A wall of vegetation now climbs the south side of Gould Hall, after the opening of the Biodiversity Green Wall and Edible Green Screen on Monday.
The sustainable, vertical wall creates more efficient methods in plant growth, water circulation, and biodiversity. The wall was a collaborative project within the UW College of Built Environments’ Green Futures Lab (GFL).
“The idea to build the Green Wall was inspiring,” said Leann Andrews, lab manager at GFL.
The upper wall is 80 to 85 percent native plants, and the lower wall is about 50 percent native. Biodiverse plants support native wildlife. Andrews said the plants can survive Seattle weather.
In addition to catering to natural habitat, the ecological design is frugal in energy use and limits water consumption.