The topic that I have chosen to write about this week is one that I have never heard of before. I saw it while reviewing the sheet that we received in the beginning of the semester on topics to discuss. The topic is vertical greening. Not having any prior experience with the topic of climate change, I decided to look up vertical greening and found a good article that explained what it was. I was surprised to find out what vertical greening actually is. Vertical greening is the planting of greenery on the outside of a building in urban areas which restores urban sustainability. Applying vertical greening systems on new and old buildings can have many environmental benefits like energy savings and water management. Vertical greening and green roofs can help improve air quality by the reduction of pollution, and reduce the heat island effect in urban areas. Plants can collect the carbon dioxide produced by the city and transform them into oxygen, as well as filter any fine dust particles. As vertical greening helps to reduce the urban heat island effect it saves energy because plants provide insulation and shade. This reduces the energy needed to cool a building. Vertical greening could also increase property values due to the aesthetic aspects.
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