Plants Fulfill an Ancient, Profound Need...Biophilia

The Biophilic Connection of plants earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment) credits for a recent project currently featured in our LEED Credit Portfolio section. In 1984, Harvard biologist Dr. Ed Wilson named our natural human affinity for nature, biophilia. Stephen R. Kellert, an advisor on prominent green building projects and professor of social ecology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental studies has spent much of his career thinking and writing about biophilia.

In a recent interview discussing his latest book, Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science, and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life, he discussed a study underway at the eastern headquarters for Bank of America at Bryant Park [in mid-town Manhattan]. “My colleague is currently working on the study along with a furniture manufacturer, Herman Miller to review the degree to which direct exposure to natural elements might impact employees in the office and factory. They were able to find significant productivity gains, less absenteeism, less health problems, a better sense of well-being as reported by the individuals that participated. And ultimately all of this translates to the bottom line.” More at