Office Art to Clean Air

Megan Krause

UNI: mhk2152

Problem
Industrial pollution and smog is a major issue resulting in poor quality of life and ultimately posing a significant human health and safety issues. Accordingly to the EPA, the level of pollution indoors is 2 to 5 times higher than outdoors and the average American spends about 90% of their lifetime inside.

Proposed Solution

  • Artveoli is an Air Panel that removes CO2 and converts it into fresh air through photosynthetic algae cells.
  • The product looks like a beautiful piece of art while actually composed of the material necessary to remove the CO2 from the air in the room.
  • Artveoli solves for the issue of true removal of carbon instead of cyclical filtering in more polluted air. One of the largest issues is that many filtration systems pull in air from the outdoors while that only replaces polluted indoor air with polluted outdoor air
  • The article they were mentioned in was “Office Art that Clears the Air” and the company hopes to make the item competitive in both the art and air filtration markets.

Stakeholders

The key organizational stakeholders necessary to use the technology will be workplace services in office buildings and the facilities management team who would replace old air with the updated installations of the Artveoli technology.

Technology Deployment

  1. Buy-in from leadership to spend the additional money on the Artveoli system instead of traditional office art
  2. Workplace services team working with Artveoli to procure the system
  3. Facilities to hang and replace old artwork with the Artveoli system

Sources

  1. http://www.artveoli.com/
  2. https://www.ozy.com/good-sht/office-art-that-clears-the-air/85440/
  3. https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/inside-story-guide-indoor-air-quality

2 thoughts on “Office Art to Clean Air

  1. According to your sources, it’s clear that the World Health Organization has observed a bunch of complaints coming from “sick building syndrome” and the low quality of air in office buildings. I just wonder how we can incentivize various industries to adopt beautiful, creative ideas like the one you have shared, to implement a clean air solution. Would it be to make air quality a part of the goals as it relates to corporate responsibility, establishing employee-led programs maybe to reduce air pollution by observing emissions inventories? Another question would be whether employees should get involved with facilities and management to create these awareness campaigns, and compile data to implement these changes. It would be nice to see this across the board.

    UNI: ts2934

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  2. I wonder if this technology also requires power for light to make the algae grow, or if it’s possible for enough sunlight to come in through the art. If it is the former, this would not be a very sustainable technology, only a technology for improving indoor air quality. It may reduce CO2 levels a small amount, but not in a large and significant way, perhaps not even enough to offset its manufacturing. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have one of these in my building, and in my workspace! I think it is a great idea, I just wonder whether considering it a sustainability technology is greenwashing.

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