Landscaper Kim McIntosh takes great care in making sure the Administration Building’s
carbon sequestration study stays on track.
A variety of plants identified by NASA as top air cleaners were introduced to the
building as part of the study and will result in reductions in heating and cooling
costs and other benefits.
“These plants scrub the air 24/7,” said Kim Wilson, landscape supervisor. “Plants
clean the air, improve aesthetics and make people feel good.” The air quality of the
building was tested last summer and will be tested again soon to measure the effect
of the plants, which include bamboo, Chinese Evergreen and Cornstalk Dracaena.
The Administration Building was chosen because of the technical layout of its heating,
ventilation and cooling system. The project will study the portability of plants in
other buildings, such as the new University Center. (Photo by Lindsey Lissau)