What is biophilia? How are plants involved in biophilia?

The concept of Biophilia suggests an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems.  Biophilia is the science exploring the human connection to nature and all living things. The biophilic connection to plants is recognized by the U.S. Green Building Association and can earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment) credits.

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental studied professor Stephen R. Kellert has devoted his career to studying biophilia. In his book, Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science, and Practice of Bringing Building to Life, he discusses a study of the application of biophilia to the Bank of America headquarters in New York:  “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.”