USGBC-LA adopts Discovery Garden as 2018 project
The U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles (USGBC-LA) Chapter has chosen the Discovery Garden in Simi Valley as its third annual Legacy Project.
The Discovery Garden was selected as the 2018 project with its goals to promote sustainability, encourage equal access to natural wildlife, and help inspire the members of the community to further conserve natural resources, especially water.
USGBC-LA is providing $20,000 funding and volunteers to help the community create a garden of native landscaping, which will also serve as a replicable model for both residential and commercial gardens around the City.
“This project is in the right place, at the right time,” said USGBC-LA Executive Director Dominique Hargreaves. “It is located right at the heart of the civic center of Simi Valley which has led to the engagement of many generations of nature lovers who are pitching in to help build the Discovery Garden. The Rotary Club, Senior Center, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Friends of the Library are all next door to the Library. This is a true community project that will deliver a legacy of discovery of native plants and pollinators.”
The Discovery Garden will be a permanent part of Simi Valley Public Library grounds, a cornerstone of the Simi Valley community, accessible to all. The project will include and feature sustainable design elements such as:
Native plants. The selection, with guidance from the Theodore Payne Foundation, will create a drought tolerant, water/energy efficient and low maintenance space.
Water savings and education. The garden will have educational materials throughout to inform the public of various native plants best suited for specific areas, and tips on water conservation.
Replicability, permanence, and endurance. The Discovery Garden will be easily scalable and can be replicated throughout the community, either in residential or commercial settings.
Easily maintained over time. The Garden Project will require little to no maintenance once the plants have been established.
“The City of Simi Valley is excited to be working with the USGBC-LA through the Legacy Project; we welcome the passion and expertise that USGBC-LA brings,” said Sommer Barwick, Community Services Director for the City of Simi Valley. “Our Discovery Garden Project is an opportunity to bring an awareness of sustainability and resource conservation to the families in our community, a knowledge they can use when landscaping their own homes and businesses.”
The Legacy Project is now an annual gift from the USGBC-LA to a local community, a permanent project providing an enduring means of service and education. The LA Chapter decided to continue awarding annual Legacy Projects after the inaugural 2016 EcoTech Makerspace in Gardena, and following last year’s Veggie Bus Project, which was deemed a success for and by the local community of South Central LA.
“Native plants not only conserve water but also inherently support and encourage life,” notes Maya Henderson, Chair of the Legacy Project Committee and Sustainability Manager at Kilroy Realty. “They deliver value well beyond that of a traditional drought-tolerant landscape, and we hope this demonstration project will offer residents of Simi Valley—which has one of the highest residential average daily water consumption rates in the Southern California region—an example of how smart landscaping supports green living.”
Companies: U.S. Green Building Council