Greener Grounds

At the University of Virginia’s annual Community Briefing, University officials talked to community members about the school’s interests for the upcoming year. This year the main focus of the meeting was sustainability. The University is committed to becoming a more sustainable part of the Charlottesville community, lowering its impact on the environment, and increasing cost savings. In the past UVA has worked on water conversation programs, storm water management, recycling, and public transportation initiatives.

So what will UVA focus on in the future? For starters, all new University buildings will seek LEED certification, including the new Emily Couric Cancer Center, the Claude Moore Medical Educational Building, and the various structures of the massive South Lawn Project. New projects will also use a “mixed -use” approach, and combine residential areas, public space, and learning facilities.

Additionally, UVA officials will focus heavily on transportation and giving people more choices to get from one place to the other. The University will work with the City of Charlottesville to build better bike paths and sidewalks and reduce the car traffic coming to Central Grounds.

The University wants to promote an environmentally friendly culture and serve as a leader for community groups and other universities.

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