Date of release: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Green infrastructure conferenceThe benefits of "living walls" and other environmental innovations are the subject of a University of Greenwich conference next month.

Visitors will also be able to see the wall which has been installed inside the university's Stockwell Street building, and tour its 4,500 square meters of green roof, the largest of its kind in Europe.

The university's Green Roofs and Living Walls Centre is hosting Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Urban Living: Creating Jobs through Education on Friday 2 September, from 10am until 4pm.

Dr Benz Kotzen Landscape Postgraduate Coordinator in the university's Department of Architecture & Landscape, says: "This is a fascinating area of study and so important to our quality of life. The benefits of indoor living walls include improving air quality and reducing sickness, as well as increasing wellbeing and productivity.

"We had some in local schools over the summer, in the library at Greenwich University Technical College and a classroom in Windrush Primary School. The aim was to see the children's reaction and monitor elements such as behaviour, performance and attendance, all of which should improve.

"We wanted to see how teachers use them within the curriculum. When school starts again, we'll put new walls in for a longer study of about a year."

The conference will bring together experts and stakeholders from local government, industry, the built environment professions, and education.

Keynote speakers will highlight the importance of green infrastructure for sustainable urban living. Key figures in the living wall industry will demonstrate how growing plants vertically, on and inside buildings, can help improve the quality of life in our cities, for people and wildlife

The conference will conclude with a presentation on the EU-funded Erasmus+ Vertical Plant Life project, which is providing training in the installation and maintenance of living walls.

Organised by Dr Benz Kotzen, Dr Sarah Milliken & Shelley Mosco, from the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, the conference is free and open to all but booking is essential.

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