Partners & Funding

The Department of Conservation and Recreation works with Virginians to conserve, protect, and enhance their lands and improve the quality of the Chesapeake Bay and our rivers and streams, promotes the stewardship and enjoyment of natural, cultural and outdoor recreational resources, and ensures the safety of Virginia’s dams.

DCR’s Richmond Regional Office is the lead on this project. For more information, you can contact Nissa Dean, Richmond Regional Manager, at 804-225-3390 or

“The Capitol is a perfect place to demonstrate Virginia’s commitment to the James River, and all the Commonwealth’s natural resources. Thousands of visitors to the Capitol each year will have the opportunity to see that we, as Virginians care about and understand how what we do on the land impacts our waterways.” – Nissa Dean, Manager, Richmond Regional Office, DCR

The Department of General Services (DGS) is a service agency supporting the mission of governments by delivering quality, cost-effective, timely, safe and secure laboratory, engineering and architecture, procurement, real estate, vehicle management, and graphic design services, while also serving businesses and citizens. DGS manages and coordinates special projects and events at the Capitol Complex.  The Greening the Capitol Project aligns with the works identified in the Landscape Master Plan for Capitol Square.

“Having the state in the forefront of these cutting edge practices is really where we should be. We get to showcase state buildings as maximizing opportunities for energy conservation and pollution reduction.” – Burt Jones, Director of the Division of Engineering and Buildings, DGS

The City of Richmond recently approved a Downtown Master Plan, which includes “greening” the City as one of its seven foundations.  This project aligns with the recommendations in the Master Plan. For example, one element of the plan is to green city streets and alleyways. The City of Richmond’s Department of Public Utilities is greening the alleyways at 5th and 12th Streets.  This is the first phase of the overall project and complement the low impact development techniques that will be installed on the nearby Capitol Grounds.

“The ‘Greening the Capitol’ project is in line with our overall efforts in the city or Richmond for a greener and more environmentally friendly city.” – Mayor Dwight C. Jones

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is a regional nonprofit organization that builds and fosters partnerships to protect and to restore the Bay and its rivers.  Since 1971, the Alliance has dedicated itself to bringing citizens, government officials, and business leaders together to become engaged in the restoration effort.  The Alliance is working with project partners for the educational outreach component of this project.

Civil and Environmental Services, LLC provides design and consulting services with an emphasis on sustainable design and Low-Impact Development.  Founder Chris Sonne, PE, LEED AP, is providing engineering services for this project.

BioForm, LLC is a consulting landscape architecture firm based in Richmond, Virgina offering design services ranging from site master planning, landscape plan development, hardscape design, planting design, lighting and irrigation specification, stormwater management, site engineering, habitat restoration, low impact development (LID), sustainable site design, LEED consulting, garden design, and more. Chris Hale, ASLA, LEED AP, is providing design services for this project.

This project received funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), via grant number NFWF-1544-P02.

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