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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Eiffel Tower - Going Green?

Why? To make Paris the symbol of 21st century sustainable development. Trees would remove 87.8 tons of carbon dioxide from the air in the city of lights.

Cost? The project would cost 72 million Euros - about 97 million US dollars.

Concerns? The lights installed less than an decade ago will have to be changed out with a LED version. Structural issues, including the weight of the plant materials would be 378 tons and the irrigation system need to keep the plants hydrated have been included in the proposal.

Gonna happen? Probably not. Mayor and city officials seem to be backing away from the plans.

Want to read more about this? Rutgers or Le (french) or The plan.


  1. Wow. Now that would be something if they did it, but can you imagine the problems? I have trouble keeping plants in pots watered on the ground much less way up there. Maybe they should just turn the lights off at night and call it good.

  2. Did you photoshop this TG? The Musee du quai Branly has a beautiful outdoor garden and plants going up the side. Here is a link:

    I thought I had a photo of one of the sides of the building that is full of plants. I'll e-mail it to you when I find it! Great post as usual.