Inside the Greening Richmond Public Libraries initiative

Check out how RPL is going green with the help of the James River Association

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The West End Branch Library was “greened” in March 2022

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The James River Association’s Greening Richmond Public Libraries initiative will be updating infrastructure at RPL’s Ginter Park Branch — and JRA wants your input.

The project is half a decade in the making. It began in 2019 with the implementation of a green infrastructure plan at Westover Hills Branch Library. Plants have now been installed in several locations, including the Broad Rock, North Avenue, and West End branches.

In 2022, JRA staff members evaluated what stormwater management and infrastructure practices should be used at each branch going forward. Input was collected from library users and stakeholders. Working with RPL, the Dept. of Public Utilities, and Four Winds Design, JRA finalized the plans.

RIC Greening RPL volunteers

The Greening RPL initiative has already brought plants and eco-friendly infrastructure to other Richmond Public Libraries.

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One of the goals of this project is to help library properties deal better with stormwater runoff. Greener infrastructure can help prevent pollutants from winding up in the James after rainstorms. At Ginter Park, project leaders are looking into changes like rain gardens and conservation landscaping.

The project will involve a push for community engagement, kicking off with a public meeting at the Ginter Park Branch on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. Whether or not you can attend the meeting, the JRA is asking the public to complete an online questionnaire before March 15.

Have a question about the initiative? Send Justin Doyle from JRA an email.

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