U.Va. Community Briefing to Focus on Sustainability Efforts, Construction Projects

September 19, 2008

September 22, 2008 — The University of Virginia will hold a community briefing, "Building on Jefferson's Legacy," at noon on Sept. 23 in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom. 

Several speakers will discuss sustainability and major construction projects at the University:

• David Neuman, University architect, will speak on major projects under development and sustainable planning efforts.

• Tom Harkins, chief of environment of care at the U.Va. Health System, will describe medical facilities under development.

• Andrew Greene, sustainability planner with the Office of the Architect, will define sustainability and its emphasis on equity, economy and environment.

• Rebecca White, director of U.Va.'s Department of Parking and Transportation, will talk about new initiatives to reduce vehicle use at the University.

"We started offering U.Va. community briefings six years ago as part of our commitment to share the core principles the University embraces in its planning and operations," said Ida Lee Wootten, director of the Community Relations Office, which organizes and hosts the outreach effort.
Locally grown, fair trade and organic light refreshments will be served.

Exhibits highlighting the University's sustainability efforts will be displayed from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Exhibitors will include the Community Relations Office, the Darden School of Business, the Office of Environmental Health & Safety, Facilities Management, Green Grounds (School of Architecture), the U.Va. Health System and School of Medicine, Institute for Environmental Negotiation, McIntire School of Commerce, the School of Nursing, the Office of the Architect, the Department of Parking and Transportation, the Student Council Environmental Sustainability Committee, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Student Environmental Action, Students Promoting Fair Trade, the University of Virginia Foundation and Dining Services.

Free parking will be available in the Central Grounds Garage at 400 Emmet St.

For information, call 924-1321 or visit www.virginia.edu/communityrelations/2008CommunityBriefing.html