Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Become a Richmond 300 Ambassador

Richmond 300 Ambassadors are volunteers that assist in spreading the word about the Master Plan.  Ambassadors can volunteer at a variety of levels - from helping at a one-time event to hosting a workshop with their organization to educating individuals about Richmond 300.  Ambassadors will be attend one of several trainings to be held throughout the summer to learn more about their roles and responsibilities.

If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, read this program overview:
Ambassador Program Overview

And then, fill out this questionnaire (available in English and Spanish):
Ambassador Program Questionnaire

There has been a great response to this request for ambassadors to date, and we appreciate all who have already volunteered.  We are hoping to increase participation from individuals in the 8th and 9th Districts and encourage those with connections to these districts to apply and spread the word about this opportunity.

Advisory Council
The Richmond 300 Advisory Council will be meeting on June 13, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. in the Basement of the Main Library, 101 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 2319. The meeting materials are listed below and can be found here:
  1. June 13, 2018 Meeting Agenda Uploaded on June 8, 2018 
  2. May 9, 2018 Meeting Notes Uploaded on June 8, 2018
  3. Homework Assignment Summary - May 16: A compilation of the Advisory Council's response to the homework question about the engagement strategy. Uploaded on June 8, 2018 
Engagement Matrix: A four-quadrant diagram describing the different types of constituents we are trying to engage in the Master Plan update process and their needs.  Uploaded on June 8, 2018

Office Hours

The Richmond 300 Project Team will begin to host Office Hours twice a month for the duration of the Richmond 300 project. The Office Hours are the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 3 to 5 P.M. at City Hall (900 E. Broad St, Richmond, VA 23219 in Room 511). Stop by if you have a question or want to talk about about Richmond 300.

The next office hours days are: June 14 3-5 P.M. and June 28 3-5 P.M.

If you ever have any questions about the Richmond 300 process, call us at 804-646-6348 or email richmond300@richmondgov.com.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

June Parking Meetings

June Parking Meetings

The City is hosting seven meetings to discuss parking in seven different areas of the City. The objectives of the meetings are to share the parking data collected, document community members' parking concerns, and discuss the process to assess future demand and create parking recommendations.

This a summary flyer that provides the information about all 7 meetings. See the links below for the individual meeting flyers and the Facebook Events. Please share this information with your neighbors and come prepared to discuss your parking concerns.
  • Carytown Parking Meeting: Tuesday, June 12, 8-10A.M. at Studio Two Three, 3300 W. Clay St. Flyer and Facebook Event Page
  • Brookland Park/Six Points Parking Meeting: Tuesday, June 12, 6:30-8:30P.M. at Highland Park Senior Apartments, 1221 E. Brookland Park Blvd. Flyer and Facebook Event Page
  • Scott's Addition Parking and Circulation Meeting Wednesday, June 13, 8:30-10:30A.M. at Studio Two Three, 3300 W. Clay St. Flyer and Facebook Event Page
  • The Fan Parking Meeting Wednesday, June 13, 6:30-8:30P.M. at Richmond Central DMV, 2300 W. Broad St.: Flyer and Facebook Event Page
  • Downtown Parking Meeting Thursday, June 14, 10A.M.-12P.M. at the Main Library, 101 E. Franklin St. Flyer and Facebook Event Page
  • Manchester Parking Meeting Thursday, June 14, 6:30-8:30P.M. at the Plant Zero Event Space, Zero E. 4th St.: Flyer and Facebook Event Page
  • Libbie/Grove/Patterson Parking Meeting Saturday, June 16, 10A.M.-12P.M. at Richmond Central DMV, 2300 W. Broad St.: Flyer and Facebook Event Page

Ginter Park Gardener Program Aug. 8-Oct. 24, Register by June 25

Program Overview

This 12-week training program teaches sustainable horticulture, urban greening and community building within urban areas. The program is designed to provide citizens with the skills necessary to increase the number of sustainable urban green spaces supported by the community. The increase of green space in urban areas is documented to increase resident’s pride of place, stimulate economic vitality, and provide healthy, engaging spaces where communities come together for shared social experiences. The goal of the Ginter Urban Gardener program is to build the capacity of neighborhoods and individuals to carry out community greening improvements with a foundational knowledge of best practices in community engagement, place-making, and volunteer management.

Summer/Fall 2018 Training Schedule

Wednesday evenings, August 8th  through October 24th, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Location:  Hull Street Library Richmond Virginia 23224                                                                                        
Saturday Service-Learning Sessions, August 11th through October 20th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m
First meeting at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; subsequent meetings at community sites

Fall 2017 Application

Complete application http://beautifulrva.org/ginter-urban-gardener/ is due by June 25th, 2018

 Program Highlights
  •          Learn best practices in sustainable horticulture, urban green space design, and urban greening
  •          Network with dynamic community leaders and passionate program participants
  •          Gain volunteer coordination and project management skills for community greening projects
  •          Develop authentic relationships across diverse communities based on shared  common good
  •          Learn the basics of asset-based community development
  •          Build community conversation and facilitation skills through intentional dialogue
  •          Create neighborhood-inspired green spaces in response to community-identified place-making priorities
  •          Participate in the transformation of our region into a more Beautiful RVA

 Selection Criteria
  •          Must be 18 years old, and reside in greater Richmond tri-cities region
  •          A commitment to inclusion, diversity, social justice, and volunteerism
  •          Some prior interest in gardening and urban greening
  •          Willingness to learn new skills and apply them in community settings
  •          Ability to attend training sessions and participate in service-learning experiences

 Commitment and Cost
  •          Attendance at all sessions
  •          Volunteer 30 hours as a Volunteer Site Coordinator after completion of training
  •          Application fee is $150 (some financial assistance is available)

 Associated Benefits
  •          72 hours of civic engagement and urban greening training, valued at $2,160
  •          Automatic enrollment as Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden volunteer
  •          Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden first-year individual membership, valued at $65

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Richmond Region Energy Alliance

Richmond Region Energy Alliance (RREA) formed in 2010 to break down the barriers to residential energy efficiency and renewable, sustainable energy. Many homeowners do not know how to improve the comfort of their home, lower their energy bills, or reduce their carbon footprint. RREA is the local Richmond solution, a one-stop non-profit energy coach where people can go for objective advice on clean energy and energy efficiency solutions.

The SolarizeRVA program makes solar purchasing simple and affordable for homes and businesses and offers community-wide group purchasing and marketing to reduce costs, as well as pre-qualifies solar contractors.

Home energy check-ups are provided by certified energy advisors who can even install on-the-spot savings measures. RREA's partnership with Secure Futures provides no-cost solar for schools, universities, churches, local government, hospitals and non-profits.

From 2013 to 2016, RREA was the local partner for Dominion’s Home Energy Check-Up program. Through this program, they provided recommendations and install energy efficiency upgrades at no cost for 242 homeowners.

Also, RREA is a sponsor of Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES), helping homeowners identify qualified contractors and access rebates and financing to make home energy improvements that increase the comfort, safety, and health of their home, while improving their carbon footprint.

For more information visit http://www.rrea-va.org.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Public Works Building Receives LEED Certification

 The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has granted LEED Certification to City of Richmond Department of Public Works' Commerce Road Building 1 at 1654 Commerce Road.

The building has been designated silver certification under the LEED 2009 New Construction and Major Renovations rating system. The construction was part of the Parker Field Redevelopment Project, in which all buildings and employees at Parker Field's DPW offices were relocated.

Seven categories comprise the overall USGBC rating criteria: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation and design, regional priority credits. Of the available 108 points, 52 were attempted and 53 were awarded. Silver certification is granted at 50 points.

Commerce Road Building 1 was recognized in several areas, including: water efficient landscaping, indoor air quality plan during construction and before occupancy, control of system lighting and thermal comfort, bicycle storage and changing room.

According to the Council, LEED certification “identifies your building as a showcase example of sustainability and demonstrates your leadership in transforming the building industry.”

The Council is now encouraging the city to share the work with the growing green community. Making the project public would put the Commerce Road building in the Council’s LEED project directory. Such projects are also eligible for additional marketing and promotional campaigns.

The Commerce Road Building 1 houses the administrative offices for the department’s Operations Division.

Monday, November 20, 2017

City Designated SolSmart Silver for Advancing Solar Energy Growth

The City of Richmond received a silver designation from the national SolSmart program for taking bold steps to remove obstacles to solar development and encourage solar energy growth during the 2017 National League of Cities (NLC) City Summit which took place Nov. 15-18 in Charlotte, NC.

SolSmart is led by the Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). It is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. More than 100 cities, counties and small towns have achieved SolSmart designation since the program launched in 2016.

To receive designation, cities and counties make changes to their local permitting processes, as well as planning and zoning procedures, to reduce the time and money it takes to install a solar energy system. SolSmart designees may also develop innovations in areas such as market development and finance.

“SolSmart designation is part of our RVAgreen 2050 initiative to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “As a SolSmart Silver designee, we’re helping our residents and businesses obtain affordable, reliable and clean electricity through solar. We’ve also signaled our community is open for solar companies to do business here, which drives economic development and creates local jobs.”

SolSmart uses objective criteria to award communities points based on the actions they take to reduce barriers to solar energy development. Communities that take sufficient action are designated either gold, silver or bronze.

As part of the SolSmart program, a team of national experts provides no-cost technical assistance to help communities achieve designation. All cities and counties are eligible to join the SolSmart program and receive this technical assistance. Interested communities can learn more at SolSmart.org.

For more information contact Alicia.Zatcoff@richmondgov.com or call 646-3055.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

RVA Bike Share Ready to Roll

Mayor Levar M. Stoney launched the RVA Bike Share program Aug. 29 at Kanawha Plaza and lead cyclists on a 2-mile ride from across the Manchester Bridge to the T.Tyler Potterfield Bridge, ending at Brown's Island.

“Bike sharing programs are a community transportation service and desired amenity provided by forward thinking and environmentally conscious cities,” said Mayor Stoney. “I am proud Richmond is now among those leading in this regard.”

Richmond has teamed up with Canada-based Bewegen Technologies Inc., an industry bike share leader, to supply the bicycles and docking stations.The equipment will be maintained by Corps Logistics, a Baltimore-based firm owned and operated by military veterans.

The initial phase includes 220 8-speed bikes and 20 docking stations located throughout the city. A second phase is expected to be implemented in the coming months, doubling the fleet and including electric assist PedElec bikes, making it easier to ride uphill. These hi-tech bicycles will be equipped with a color screen, live GPS and can be unlocked through a mobile app.

RVA Bike Share is a public-private initiative, and Mayor Stoney has written a letter to encourage Richmond’s corporate and business leaders to engage in sponsorship opportunities necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability of the program. Click here to read the mayor’s letter.

Plans for RVA Bike Share have been in the works since 2012. The city was awarded a $1,064,000 federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant in 2014 to start the program, supplementing $280,000 in capital improvement funds made available by the city.

One-way trip and daily passes will be available as well as weekly, monthly and yearly memberships. For more information about RVA Bike Share, pricing, membership and sponsorship opportunities, please visit rvabikes.com.