City opens ‘green’ visitor center
We knew it was expensive; now we know it's green. The city of Charlottesville has just opened its new downtown visitor center and administrative offices, and the massive new project is intended to be completely environmentally friendly.
The visitor center, part of the new transit center, was designed to be certified under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design initiative. Among the eco-savvy features are everything from low-flow faucets to recycled ceiling tiles, according to a press release.
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau hopes this environmentally minded effort will appeal both to native green freaks and visitors to the city.
"Charlottesville and Albemarle County have a tremendous interest in preservation because of our historic and natural resources," said Mark Shore, director and CEO of the project. "This building represents our community's passion for responsible and sustainable tourism."