Greenery at Universities (04-30-19)

Greenery at universities, indoors and out, has positive implications. Researchers presented study participants with digital photographs of “lecture hall[s], classroom[s], study area[s], university outdoor space[s]. For each of the three indoor spaces there were four or five stimuli conditions: (1) the standard design (2) the standard design with a colorful poster (3) the standard design with a nature poster (4) the standard design with a green wall (5) the standard design with a green wall plus interior plants. The university outdoor space included: (1) the standard design (2) the standard design with seating (3) the standard design with colorful artifacts (4) the standard design with green elements (5) the standard design with extensive greenery. . . . students gave higher preference ratings to the indoor spaces with a nature poster, a green wall, or a green wall plus interior plants than to the standard designs and the designs with the colorful posters. Students also rated preference and perceived restoration likelihood of the outdoor spaces that included greenery higher than those without.”

Nicole van den Bogerd, S. Dijkstra, Jacob Seidell, and Jolanda Maas. 2018.  “Greenery in the University Environment:  Students’ Preferences and Perceived Restoration Likelihood.”  PLoS ONE, vol. 13, no. 2, article e0192429, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0192429