EXPAND VIDEO John Hopkins, Executive Director, Buckeye Area Development Corporation, discusses the partnership between Cleveland Public Library and the Buckeye neighborhood.
My Place to Dream. Create. Grow.

In 2009, Cleveland Public Library neared completion of the new Rice Branch. The Buckeye Area Development Corporation and other community leaders originally approached the Library with their vision of a new library that would serve as the foundation for many of the local neighborhood's turnaround efforts. The new Rice Branch is a valuable resource to the community.

The branch is on track to achieve Silver LEED certification in mid-2010 as a result of its use of numerous green technologies. In doing so, it will become one of the first newly constructed libraries in the region to be LEED certified. Among its noteworthy green features:

  • Raised floors allow for more efficient hot and cold air flow.
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows maximize natural light.
  • Daylight harvesting system automatically adjusts lighting to natural light conditions.
  • Light-colored roof minimizes heat gain during the summer.
  • Water-efficient plumbing and other energy-efficient fixtures save resources.
  • Choice of native landscaping is designed to eliminate need for irrigation system.
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