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Weekly Green Tip: Add Some ‘Plant Power’ to Your World

This week’s Green Tip from Penn College’s Energy Conservation Subcommittee: As the outdoors (eventually) greens for the season of spring, you, too, can add “plant power” to your indoor environment. Plants can reduce dust particles and contaminants that come from building materials and other sources. Their leaf pores and soilabsorb and metabolize pollutants, especially where there is little or no outside ventilation. Ivies, lilies and ferns are particularly effective with airborne contaminants. Most people spend more than 90 percentof their time inside, where, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, levels of common organic pollutants can be two to five times higher than outside. So add some green to your indoor environment … and get outdoors more often!