Cornell Installs Sod Turf for Soothing Atmosphere reports Easy Lawns

Grassy footing is a hit amongst students

San Francisco, CA — Now sod can be the ingredient to make the ultimate indoor/outdoor living environment thanks to a new and innovative project that is underway at Cornell University.

“Cornell students have installed indoor lawns in several libraries and lobbies to help calm everyone for final exams,” Syl Kacapyr, public information officer at Cornell, told Discovery News.

Kacapry stated that “sections of turf are creating grassy oases of calm in the lobbies of Olin and Mann libraries, as well as Duffield Hall and the Physical Sciences Building. Potted plants and comfortable chairs are placed around the grass, encouraging students to lounge there during one of the most stressful times of the academic year.”

Ryan Allen-Parrot, a senior at Cornell, and junior Gilad Meron installed the projects along with other students from the schools Designa and Environmental Analysis department.

“Being in touch with nature helps people be calmer, and they feel refreshed and productive,” Eveline Ferretti, the library’s public programs and communications administrator, was quoted as saying in a press release. “The library is the perfect place for it.”

The lawn was first installed in Mann Library during the fall semester. Meron noted that “it’s great to see people willing to lie down in the grass and just relax there. The main goal is really to make people happy.”

Marcia Eamas-Sheavly, who is senior extension associate of Cornell, as well as director of the Garden-Based Learning program, stated that she comprehends the lure of calming atmosphere that the sod can produce.

“Sod furniture is thrilling, since, unlike other horticultural art, which may require a long period of time to come to life, it offers instant gratification. Students have responded to the joy of working hard and collaboratively, shoulder to shoulder, to plan and implement them, and then, to enjoy the seating, and witness others doing the same,” Eames-Sheavly said. “We know from research that time spent in nature fosters diverse facets of our well-being, from cognitive function, to lower stress levels. They are easy to create, and do not require elaborate materials.”

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