Cleaning the Air at EC Boston!

Cities around the world face the concern of air quality. Even Boston, whose reputation for having clean air is partly earned by being perched on the windy Atlantic Ocean, faces the issue of air pollution. With the general public’s focus on air pollution, however, we sometimes forget how important air quality is inside the office! EC Boston’s DOS, Doug Willcox, realized this and brought in plants to make our air at EC a little bit cleaner! He decided to write a piece describing why he decided to bring plants into the office:

Why we have air-cleaning plants at EC

I do not take air quality for granted. I have lived in two cities with poor air quality: Krakow, Poland, and Los Angeles, California. So when I recently came across a BBC News article entitled “The Hidden Air Pollution Inside Your Workplace” (Chris Stokel-Walker, 16 October 2018), I read it with an eye for detail. EC Boston is located in a typical modern office space built in the 20th century. I wondered if there was anything in the article I might take away for EC Boston.


The article is informative and detailed. What caught my eye in particular was a section about a company that addressed the (poor) air quality in their offices. Their solution? Putting plants that filter air in the offices. In describing the company’s efforts, the article states: “The office also got a lot greener. ‘We looked at a piece of research NASA did that investigated plants that actively clean the air,’ says Birch. They picked a handful of plants from a list of the top 10 most efficient and put them in their new office.” This seemed like a simple solution, one that we could probably implement in my workspace at EC Boston. The problem was how to execute the plan.


I started talking to my colleagues about the idea. I brought the article to EC Boston’s Center Director, James Francis, and he was enthusiastic about the idea! In short order we ordered and received eight plants that were placed at various locations throughout our offices. The plants need to be watered about once a week and don’t require sunlight to survive.


I figure our efforts are a no-lose proposition. If NASA is right and the plants do filter the air, as referenced in the article, then hooray for us! If NASA is wrong, then our office still looks better with some green sprinkled around our work spaces.


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