The University of Virginia is sharing sustainability secrets with the community. In recent years, UVA has focused more on cutting back and working towards a better tomorrow.
Everyone from Charlottesville City Council members to police officers, community members and students were at the "Building on Jefferson's Legacy: A University of Virginia Community Briefing" program. The main message they all received was the university is improving as they move forward.
Display tables showcased big and small steps towards sustainability. UVA dining halls have gone trayless, saving water and food waste and a compost program is being piloted. When it comes to construction, every new building on Grounds, including the entire South Lawn Project, will be LEED certified and have to meet certain environmental standards.
"We're made great strides in energy conservation with recycling with green building, but I think the most important thing is getting at what are mission is which is to educate people," stated sustainability planner Andrew Greene.
Greene says the educating is done through specific classes at UVA, student groups on Grounds and simple conversation.
Students we spoke with Tuesday say they've definitely seen a big change over the past several years across Grounds. They say even little steps such as recycling paper or riding bikes to class make a big difference.