Sustainability Project

Westover Hills Library Sustainability Project

In 2015, the Westover Hills Library Advisory Group undertook a project to create library grounds that are as engaging as the inside of the library.  The Group received numerous private donations as well as a grant from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay,  a donation from Dominion Resources, support from the Richmond Public Library Foundation, and a donation from Kathy Graziano.  Working with Four Winds Design, we installed a large rain garden facing Devonshire Road, which includes thirsty plants designed to soak up gallons of rain water diverted from the metal roof.

We are entering a second phase of the project and plan to install a smaller rain garden along the alley side of the building.  We also plan to add seating in the green space near our parking area so that our patrons might have a pleasant place to sit under the oak trees.

Why rain gardens?  This project reflects our community’s interest in diverting stormwater from Reedy Creek and the James; stormwater that carries pollutants and trash along with it.  Click on the image below to review our plan.