Nature In The News

This e-newsletter brings you the latest information and resources on biophilic design, the industry, and GPGB updates. 

What’s New?

Written by  | Translated by Diogo Simões

Published on July 18, 2023

Biophilia, or love for life and nature, inspires architects around the world to create spaces that deeply connect with natural elements. These architectural projects seek to reintroduce nature into built environments, resulting in spaces that promote well-being, health, inspiration, and even productivity. In Brazil, the possibilities are even broader, given the country’s exuberant climate and the vegetation found in various biomes. In this article, we will explore seven projects from different programs that embrace this concept and allow for a symbiosis between architecture, humans, and nature.

A podcast about the human connection to nature. Biophilia is the innate connection that human beings seek with the natural world. Every other week, hosts Monica Olsen and Jennifer Walsh sit down with thought-leaders and experts across a wide range of industries to discuss the impact that nature has on our wellbeing, why we need nature in order to thrive, and what steps we can all take to live in harmony with the natural world. They pose questions centered around finding common-sense solutions to some of society’s biggest problems. Asking guests, how can we take local and global actions that nurture the living, social, and economic systems that will sustain future generations? Faced with challenges like climate change and an ongoing pandemic, reconnecting with nature has never been more imperative. We hope you’ll join the conversation around the growing biophilic movement and come along on our biophilic journey. Subscribe, follow and listen today, because nature has the answers. Learn more at

                      Jan Goodman, GPGB Board President and Owner and President of Cityscapes Inc. along with Erica Weeks’, Associate Principal and Director of Sustainability with Hastings Architecture, LLC, presentation on Attracting and Retraining Tenants with Biophilic Design on behalf of Green Plants for Green Buildings at BOMA 2023 received excellent response.On a scale of one to five, with five as excellent, their session received a 4.5 and their speaker knowledge and delivery were rated 4.4100% of attendees stated they would recommend the session to their colleagues. All seats were filled and became standing room only with 39 in attendance.

GATHER 2023 brings together all sectors of the interior design community. Join residential and commercial designers, industry partners, educators, students, and professionals in the built environment. All are welcome to GATHER! Connect or re-connect with friends and contacts, begin new relationships, and build your community through networking events, breakout sessions, and an incredible array of special events!

Join ASID to build our community in Los Angeles, California
Sunday, Aug. 13 – Tuesday, Aug. 15.

NEW GPGB Enhanced Supporter Levels  and Benefits 

We are people with plants, making life better.

Green Plants for Green Buildings exists to provide resources for design and office professionals to communicate the aesthetic, well-being, and economic benefits of nature in the built environment. As a Supporter of GPGB, you help make this possible! You have taken a step in supporting the benefits of nature!

Your knowledge of nature and being able to explain and incorporate biophilic design into the built environment is critical. We now have an ROI Calculator that will help you tell your story.

Green Plants for Green Buildings is committed to helping you create a functional and appealing space for you and your clients. Gain the knowledge you need to confidently add nature to your next project and help your clients reap the benefits of incorporating nature into their built environment by utilizing our Resource Library with a wealth of peer reviewed research and articles.

Adding nature to your next project has a wide variety of benefits. From increasing property value to improved productivity and wellness for employees, the benefits of nature add up to a big win for you and your clients!

Volunteers are what make GPGB a success! Supporters are encouraged to get more involved by volunteering to share their expertise and experience on a committee, on the Board or on the Executive Committee. It’s a great opportunity to meet others in the professional biophilic community!

What can GPGB do to have more of a positive impact throughout the biophilic industry? We have created new enhanced levels to support our Supporters! The new enhanced levels and added supporter benefits are now available. While you can stay at your current level, you are encouraged to select one of the new enhanced levels in order to receive all of the benefits. A GPGB Board Member will be reaching out to you to discuss your options or CLICK HERE to renew or “LEVEL-UP TODAY!

GPGB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting!

Topic: Quarterly Supporter Video Call Featuring Jan Goodman

This will be the first Quarterly Supporter Video Call as part of the new GPGB Supporter Levels! We will be sharing the link with all current Supporters via email. Join to learn about the latest GPGB accomplishments, hear from an Industry Expert, and network with others in the industry! If you are available, please participate to support Jan and GPGB as they launch this new feature for GPGB Supporters!

Not a current supporter?
Not a problem!
Please email for your invitation today!

Time: Aug 3, 2023 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Marketing & Communication
Committee Members Wanted

GPGB depends on the work of volunteers to carry out our strategic initiatives and fulfill our mission. Serving on a committee is a rewarding experience and an opportunity for personal and professional growth. If you can make a minimum two-year commitment, the industry needs people like YOU! We are actively looking for committee members who are passionate about biophilia.

    Committees include:

Marketing & Communications

Supporter Development

Education & Professional Development

All are driven by our Strategic Plan. Interested in a committee? Please email to request a committee nomination form.

Thank You to Our Supporters!

GPGB is making a difference and it’s all thanks to our valued Supporters. Our Supporter’s participation and contribution is greatly appreciated not only by us, but by everyone in the industry.

Biophilic Gallery

This enclosed atrium was mismanaged and overgrown, infested with mealy bugs and other insects. We were called in to completely removal all diseased plant material and soil, and we had a company come disinfect the atrium including cleaning the walls, which were covered with mealy bug as well.

Once the atrium was sterilized, we were able to come in with clean health soil and plants to rebuild the atrium in a Zen garden style. This ariel shot shows all the different components of the garden, including a bubbling water feature and rock paths. It took quite the team of designers, installers and now horticulture technicians to keep this Atrium healthy and tidy. We aim to have that tight trimmed feel of an orderly Zen garden included with Integrated Pest management. We use mainly lacewings for pest management as well as neem oil and brand x.

Project: Dennis 7 Dees Urban Plantscapes

On the rooftop of the wildly successful VIDA Fitness U Street location, Penthouse Pool and Lounge offers the feel of a private oasis in the middle of D.C. The design for the space included white pool deck planters in varying shapes filled with plants and trees completing the resort vibe.

Project: Penthouse Pool and Lounge-
U Street in Washington, DC
Credit: Jay Scotts

Want to Help Keep Nature in the News?

Everything we accomplish happens because people like you are stepping forward and supporting GPGB’s focus on having conversations with the building professionals who can #BringNatureIndoors.

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