GreenSpacers: growing fresh air with soil-free plants

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Business Description

A leading green technology company headquartered in Columbia, Md., GreenSpacers offers expert advice, interior design, plant leasing, plant sales and professional care for soil-free indoor plants known as hydroculture. Hydroculture is a method of rooting plants in water, anchored in a clay aggregate, eliminating soil all together.

The company has received numerous recognitions, including being one of Baltimore’s 15 hottest technology companies in 2010 by the GBTC and one of the Top Green Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2011 by the Baltimore Business Journal.  The hydroculture method virtually erases the uncertainty that often accompanies soil-based plants. Hydroculture plants require minimal care, live longer, and have healthier lives.


The goal of GreenSpacers’ MIPS project was to test the hydroculture indoor growing method, to prove that not only do these plants remove targeted volatile organic compounds, but that they also do not harbor soil-borne molds, mildews, or other allergens that have previously prevented the placement of live plants in hospitals and clinics.


While the project is still ongoing, preliminary tests have shown that GreenSpacers’ plants grow free of soil-borne, molds, mildews, and other allergens.


The products’ appeal is far reaching.  GreenSpacers’ plants can be found in nearly 100 commercial locations.  Clients now include hospitals, medical offices, commercial buildings, and local businesses that are motivated to provide clean indoor air for employees, customers and guests.


MIPS-Related Quote

“Among the advances we have made through MIPS is the construction of a hydroponic conversion chamber, a room with extra-high humidity and heated floors, with lighting that’s been placed in such a manner to grow low, medium or high-light plants. It is the only chamber of its kind in the U.S.”

– Noah Berk, Founder and CEO, GreenSpacers

Interesting Fact

Berk, an economics graduate from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, wants everyone to be able to enjoy clean indoor plants, even if they don’t have a green thumb. He has been working with plants since he was a toddler, starting with his father’s landscaping company. In addition to the MIPS grant, the company has thrived on sales.

Project Manager:  Noah Berk;  Principal Investigator:  Thomas Handwerker, UMES
Location:  Columbia, Maryland – Howard County;  Project Start Date:  8/1/2011

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