The environment, an oft-talked about topic, has been discussed by scientists, politicians, the neighbor next door and everyone in between for at least a decade. Regardless of one’s position on climate change, the notable temperature increases dictate that the luxury of procrastination is no longer an option. A greener planet is much more than just a ‘feel-good’ notion. It’s an ultimatum to preserve our environment for future generations as well as for the present. One notable way to promote a greener world is through the concept biophilia (humanity’s innate need for nature). Biophilic design, refreshingly, has caught on in the workplace.
Biophilia, a term that originated with German-born American psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, is the idea that humans possess the innate tendency to seek connections with nature. Fromm, in his book: The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness (1973), described Biophilia as “the passionate love of life and of all that is alive.” Harvard biologist, E.O. Wilson, in his book: Biophilia (1984) proposed that the tendency of humans to focus on and affiliate with nature and other life-forms has, in part, a genetic basis. Read More
Many buildings serve purposes other than just giving us a roof over our head for shelter. Buildings such as hotels, offices, retail stores, medical facilities, etc. seek to offer inhabitants a sense of calmness, refuge and tranquility from the hustle and bustle elsewhere. This helps people want to stay in the buildings longer, to shop more, relax more, linger, have a bite to eat, concentrate with ease and more.
However, noise often abounds in buildings through phone chatter, children shouting or crying, footsteps on hard floors, unwanted conversations in adjacent cubicles, printers, copiers, HVAC systems…the list goes on and on. This noise is distractive, interruptive, makes employees less productive, can taint the customer experience and reduce privacy. One way to create a welcoming, stress-free environment is through reducing this unwanted noise in buildings. Read More
On May 15th, 2013, Ambius will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Tropical Plant Rentals by Gerry Leider in Chicago, IL. Over the course of five decades, Tropical Plant Rentals evolved into Ambius – North America’s largest interior landscaping company. Thanks to the hard work of countless colleagues through the years, Ambius today helps businesses from coast-to-coast beautify their buildings. From desktop office plants to stunning holiday decorations to 4,000 square-foot green walls, Ambius makes the world a more beautiful place.
Considering Ambius’ origins begin with Gerry Leider, Greener on the Inside spoke with the founder about the early days and some of his fondest memories from his many years leading the company.
Greener on the Inside: How did the Leider family get into the plant business?
Gerry Leider: My grandfather got started growing vegetables in greenhouses until the late 1920′s. When my father took over the company, the vegetable business in Chicago went south because refrigeration was invented and they started growing vegetables in the South. My father then turned the company into a wholesale greenhouse operation, growing seasonal potted blooming plants and selling them to retail florists. Read More