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Land Use & Built Environment

U.Va. Foundation's Town Center Three research park

Town Center Three building at the University Foundation’s Research Park receives gold LEED certification.

The Town Center Three building was the foundation’s first LEED-registered building, and one of the first LEED office buildings in our area. The building was designed to provide the highest quality indoor environment and lowest utility costs while helping to preserve the environment for future generations. Learn More.

U.S. Green Building Council's LEED silver certification plaque

Printing and Copying Services building receives silver LEED certification.

The building, a 15,000-square-foot addition to the Printing and Copying Services building at 2474 Old Ivy Road, received a silver-level ranking – the third-highest designation in the system of rating buildings for their environmental responsibility. It is the first building on Grounds to be certified since the Board of Visitors declared in 2007 that all future University buildings would meet LEED standards. Learn More.

Energy

U.Va.'s Newcomb Hall

Newcomb Hall undergoes lighting retrofit – Estimated to annually save the University $27,000

More than 500 incandescent light bulbs in Newcomb Hall were replaced with compact fluorescent bulbs. The 100-watt incandescents were replaced with 23-watt compact fluorescents; 60-watt decorative bulbs were replaced with 6-watt bulbs.

U.Va. students holding new compact flourescent lightbulbs.

Energy-efficient lighting systems

Since 1995, the University has upgraded more than 4,278,190 net square feet in its facilities with energy-efficient lighting systems, which has reduced the University’s annual energy consumption by more than 9,450,827 kWh. Because the production of electricity usually involves the burning of fossil fuels, this translates into an air pollution reduction of more than 7,500 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Dining/Housing

A basket of green apples.

Dining purchases produce from local Virginian farms.

  • Dining purchases salsa and hummus from the Farm at Red Hill in North Garden, VA, just south of Charlottesville.
  • Organic tofu comes from Twin Oaks Community Foods in Louisa, VA.
  • Shelled, cage-free eggs come from Glenwood Farms in Jetersville, VA.

U.Va. mug

Coffee, tea & soda discounts for using a reusable mug

Discounts are available at all retail locations on-Grounds for students, faculty and staff who bring in their own reusable mugs.

Ask for your Reusable Mug Loyalty Card at all U.Va. Dining locations.

Water

The dell, a storage and retention pond for storm­water management.

Improved Water Quality in Meadow Creek, Dell Pond

Biofiltration is cleansing runoff in the University of Virginia’s award-winning stormwater management system. The system is designed to slow stormwater surges in Meadow Creek as it flows into the Dell Pond, and along the way it filters the water, traps sediment and reduces the amount of runoff that goes into the Rivanna River system. Students monitoring the stream have found reduced levels of phosphates and sediment and low levels of nitrates, all indicators of improved water quality.

Water flowing into a sink and down a drain.

Water Usage Down 26%

Water usage is down 26% from a decade ago despite a 29% increase in gross square feet and a 15% increase in the number of faculty, staff, and students since 1998.

Recycling

Items donated through Chuck It For Charity.

2009 Chuck It For Charity diverts 10 truckloads of furniture and household goods from area landfills

The Chuck It For Charity program collects reusable items that students no longer want at the end of each semester and provides these items to charitable organizations in the Charlottesville community who distribute them to community members who are less privileged. Through Chuck it for Charity 2009, we diverted approximately 28,500 pounds of waste from landfills in the state of Virginia. UVa students donated 3,360 pounds of clothing, 345 pounds of bedding and linens, along with dozens of refrigerators, bicycles, microwaves, vacuums, desks, computer printers, couches and futons, tables, appliances, and other items.

A row of black binders.

Reusable Office Supply Exchange Program

The R.O.S.E. (Reusable Office Supply Exchange) Program takes in surplus office supplies and makes them available to students, faculty, staff, and student organizations at no charge. They collect envelopes, binders, hanging folders, desk organizers, and much more.

Transportation

A University Transit System bus.

Reciprocity Program allows free bus travel

A reciprocity program between the University and the City allows all students, staff, and faculty to ride CTS buses for free, simply by showing their U.Va. ID. The reciprocity program also allows city residents, and everyone else, to ride UTS buses free of charge.

A fueling station of University Transit System buses.

Twenty percent biodiesel fuel is used in the UTS bus fleet.

The Parking and Transportation Services uses 20 percent biodiesel fuel in its bus fleet. Parking and Transportation has also taken major steps to improve the storm water discharged from the vehicle/bus maintenance facility.