The largest vertical garden in the world is a living, breathing, green giant in Bogotá, Colombia’s densely populated capital.

Adding living greenery to urban buildings in the form of vertical gardens not only helps to beautify the city and clean the air, but also increases the building’s energy efficiency, helps reduce urban heat island effect, and produces oxygen for 3,000 people yearly.

Created by biologist and botanist Ignacio Solano, the vertical garden features over 115,000 plants of 10 different species blanketing most of the structure’s walls.

According to the project team, the plant cover helps to offset the carbon footprint for an estimated 700 people, while also filtering out the particulate emissions of 745 cars.

Learn more @ EcoWatch