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Lauren ReedBy Lauren Reed
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Lauren ReedBy Lauren Reed
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$1,883
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, June 26 2011 5:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

We are a group of students that want to build a green wall on the blighted site adjacent to our school.  We're interested in green technology and the future of sustainable practices and would love the chance to actually build something that could really get the word out about new green technology.  Green walls are a lot like green roofs- the only difference being their placement on building walls rather than roofs.  This makes them more visible to travelers and pedestrians and because they are highly visible, they become giant living, breathing murals of art.  

The wall that we're proposing will be temporary.  It's going to go up as soon as possible and come down before Winter really sets in.  This wall is an experiment for us and the school.  If all goes well, the goal is to drum up enough interest that we could then build an even bigger, permanent cohesive green wall in conjunction with the other buildings around the school.  We have the school's full support but we need to do a little more convincing for the neighbors.  Regardless, our temporary wall alone will definitely make a statement and raise awareness of the existence of green walls.  The location is a very heavily trafficked area so the visibility factor is huge.  Chicago is far behind on the green wall movement and we want to change that.  We have a lot of students involved- architecture, horticulture and marketing majors.

The wall itself is going to be made of a large plywood backing supported by 4x4s. On the front of the plywood would be hortizontal 2x4s that serve to hold wooden modules in place.  These modules will be 2'x2' boxes full of a lightweight growing medium and covered with chicken wire and burlap to keep everything in place.  16 to 24 plants will grow out of each module, depending on how much room the plants need to grow.  An irrigation system will run throughout the wall to water all the plants.  A total of 84 modules will come together in one giant mural of plants that will be 16' tall and 24' wide.  A lot more detailed information can be found at hwcgreenwall.blogspot.com,  

We need help funding this project.  The school has donated a small sum of money but we need to raise more.  Even recycled wood (which is what we plan on using) comes at a cost.  Plants are definitely the largest expense.  The growing medium, irrigation supplies, transportation costs, tools, hardware and all the other small ticket items add up quickly.  Anything you can donate will go a long way.  The $5000 we're trying to raise will be spent as follows:  

4x4s for a total of 200 feet: $300.00
Plywood, 384 square feet: $800.00
Hardware: $100.00
2x4s for the modules: $375.00
Plastic sheeting: $50.00
Potting soil: $210.00
Plants: $2000.00
Irrigation system: $100.00
Concrete and metal cords: $75.00
Chicken wire: $100.00
Burlap: $50.00
Subtotal: $4,160.00
Sales Tax: $426.00
Total: $4,586.00
The rest of the $5000 we're asking for goes towards rewards, transportation costs and the small percentage that Kickstarter and Amazon keep.

Some people may wonder what is so "green" about green walls.  What purpose do they serve other than looking pretty?  Well, in an urban environment their impact can be huge.  Green walls can clean the water and air around them.  They insulate the building on which they live for free which cuts down on heating and cooling costs.  While ours won't grow food, green walls are capable of being food gardens.  They reduce noise pollution and their biggest environmental impact has to do with the urban heat island effect (UHIE).  UHIE is what happens when an area is largely covered in pavement, concrete and other building materials.  If the area were just plants, grass and trees, nature would naturally absorb the heat of the sun.  However, urban building materials do not absorb nearly as much heat from the sun, which means that in a big city, the temperature can reach levels well above surrounding areas, especially at night.  If you'd like to learn more about UHIE, check out http://www.epa.gov/heatisld/.

If you have other questions, please feel free to contact us. 

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    Everything above plus a packet containing seeds of the same type of plants used on the wall. We'll also add your name to our list of donors that will be on display with the wall.

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    Everything above plus an invitation to a party to celebrate the wall somewhere in Chicago. Exact location TBD.

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    Everything above plus a t-shirt commemorating the wall. Design details of the shirt still in progress.

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    Everything above plus we'll give you some of the plants to put in your own yard when the wall comes down in November/December.

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    Everything above plus a consultation (via skype, if you're far away) with the student designers on the whole process of designing and building the wall.

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