1) What was the most exciting thing to me?
According to my experience, I have never seen and expected that university has town characteristics and it can be a town. But when we had study tour in University of Virginia, I have seen that it is a town and it has comprehensive plan like a town.
The UVA sustainability statement, adopted in 2014, and the sustainability slogan, “From the Grounds Up” seek to provide inspiration and a call to action to advance sustainability at UVA.
UVA has office for sustainability and it initiates various programs. However, I would like to express some items that I have learned in UVA tour program.
- Energy Heating Plant
- Chilling Plant
- Green Landscaping
- Green Cleaning
- Geo-Spatial Engineering
- Stormwater management
- Planning and Landscape Architecture
Sustainability at UVA is multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary, with individuals, departments, and schools collaborating to advance sustainability on Grounds and beyond.
Therefore, I have observed that university students, faculty and staff love their environment likewise; UVA has strategies to balance the natural environment and the new development as well.
2) What was the most surprising thing to me?
To be honest, I did not know the traditional food of American initially. But my host organization’s Executive director brought us to the place which is called “Michie Tavern ca. 1784”. It is a Virginia historic landmark located ½ mile below Jefferson’s Monticello, accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging more than 200 years ago.
Servers in period attire offer bountiful Southern Midday Fare. Get a taste of the 18th-century as we feature a buffet of southern fried chicken, marinated baked chicken, hickory-smoked pork barbecue, stewed tomatoes, black-eyed peas, buttermilk biscuits and so much more.
After a leisurely lunch and tour, guests may enjoy relaxed shopping in four unique shops – all housed in distinct historic structures. The Tavern Gift Shop,
The Metal Smith Shop, The Armory & Artifacts Shop and The General Store each provide a one-of-a-kind experience above and beyond plentiful shopping opportunities.
I was very surprised and impressed that American people love their culture and still preserve 18th- century culture and food.
3) What was the most inspiring thing to me?
The development in the city of Charlottesville is growing fast but it balances the natural environment and new development projects. The city has many programs however; the term of “Green Infrastructure” is the inspiring word for me and it is an essential thing in the city planning.
Green Infrastructure is an overarching term used to capture the wide range of natural assets and strategies used in the built environment to improve the quality of our natural resources and contribute to healthier natural habitat, increased recreational opportunities, and improved aesthetics. Working at several scales (municipal, neighborhood, and site), it is the strategic integration of nature into urban environments to enhance environmental values.
It is weaving natural processes into the built environment; green infrastructure provides a comprehensive range of benefits.
Green and Sustainability At City of Charlottesville