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Published Monday, September 21, 2015 Updated on Monday, September 21, 2015

New Green Building Initiative in Charlottesville

Charlottesville will soon be on the forefront of the green building movement. University of Virginia physician and professor, Dr. Matt Trowbridge and his partner Chris Pyke, of the U.S. Green Building Council have recently been awarded a 1.2 million dollar grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to initiate their concept of creating buildings that contribute to the improvement of public health.

The grant will be applied to the work and research of Pyke and Towbridge that attempts to address the lack of practical tools available for the promotion and creation of healthy places within towns and cities like Charlottesville and across the globe. Their work will specifically target incentivizing real estate professionals by positioning health and wellness as an investible attribute in real estate. They will be teaming up with the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) to work on adjusting assessments of commercial real estate portfolios to include public health.

The U.S. Green Building Council will work closely with UVA to create more tools for green building projects and promote the value of public health through the creation of these types of buildings. Their goal is to raise public awareness of the positive health impact through the development and operation of green buildings.

See http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/21691-building-for-health-and-

wellness-in-cville-beyond/ for more details.