The Green Design Lab specializes in the design and creation of environmentally-conscious products and services. Our Violet Revolution brand of guerrilla gardening products aims to restore native species in the urban environment as well as to educate and inspire city dwellers to make their world more beautiful.
We also offer products and services to reduce the harmful effects of stormwater runoff that carries pollution into Narragansett Bay. Gutter extenders attach to downspouts and expand to hold and slowly distribute water. Rain barrels store large amounts of stormwater for future use. And rain gardens—the ultimate mitigation technology—capture rain water where it falls, letting it slowly infiltrate the soil.
See below for more information on how the Green Design Lab can help you create a more environmentally-friendly home or business.
Skills & Services
We begin with a site visit to your location. We measure and photograph your buildings and grounds and assess how and where stormwater drains. We also discuss what level of intervention is right for you. If you are considering a rain garden, we will perform a percolation test, measuring the length of time it takes for a measured volume of water to infiltrate your soil. (This is critical to calculating the volume of water a rain garden can handle.)
Back at the lab, we develop scale drawings or 3D models and begin to create a plan. Depending on the interventions you want, we design a plan that could include:
- Rain chains
- Gutter extenders
- Rain barrels
- Above-ground rain gardens
- In-ground rain gardens
- Raised bed gardens
Once you approve the plan, we come to your site and install your remediation solution. In-ground rain gardens include four maintenance visits per year for three years.
The rain garden we installed at Riverzedge Arts’ 2nd Avenue facility covers some 800 square feet and can infiltrate several thousands of gallons during major rain events. Please visit us in Woonsocket to see it for yourself.
Woonsocket Police Department – Rain Garden Study | Click Here to view the full project.