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Living Walls Along Highways to Reduce Noise


(Ryan Ethridge) #1

What if rows of CLUMPING (non invasive) bamboo that were regularly maintained, were placed along the sides of highways as both a way to capture CO2 emissions and as sound barriers in cities instead of walls? Guadua bamboo would do well in our climate region. It is also true that plants absorb noise where wood and concrete walls bounce sound from highways and bamboo being hallow would do even better than other plants. This alternative would significantly reduce the noise of highways for neighborhoods close to them. This bamboo once it becomes too dense, just like any growth ultimately will, could also be lightly harvested and sold by the city for revenue as demands for bamboo rises. Could this, if properly implemented be a feasible way to help the city reach carbon goals? If it did work, could it be done in other cities around the metro, later the state and so forth, as a small help in the ongoing battle against climate change?