Rachel Elves 
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Re: “How Green is Richmond?

@wiseup All new buildings at VCU are minimum LEED silver design. I don't know the specifics of Monroe Ward, however. As for the D on the sustainability report card - that was actually years ago. VCU has been improving steadily since then, and the most recent grade is an A-

I do agree with this article's points, especially about mass transit and the love of cars. I have chosen not to own a car, and that is a difficult choice to bear sometimes. The only way I have been able to manage is because of living close enough to VCU to bike, and renting Zipcars when I need to.

Overall I think the top priorities for Richmond should be:
1) Developing mass transit - a better bus system and improved rail. Not exactly mass transit, but they need to offer a Zipcar fleet to expand on the existing Zipcars available already at VCU.
2) Continue improving bicycle infrastructure, including bicyclist and motorist educational outreach in regards to safety and sharing the road, installing bike lanes, bike facilities (public repair stations and showers etc.), and offering a bike rental and bike share program
3) Pressuring Dominion to offer renewable energy sources, offering incentives and tax breaks for individuals to install solar arrays at home and businesses
4) Offer curb-side compost and yard waste pick-up in all areas
5) Work with CVWMA to expand their recycling program to include more items (like electronics) and to include pick-up from apartment complexes, low-income housing projects, and businesses.

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Posted by Rachel Elves on 11/12/2011 at 9:52 AM

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