5 Ways Liberty is Going Green

Choosing to live in an adaptive reuse community such as Liberty Lorton is more than just enjoying the walkable amenities, it’s also a good choice for the environment. Liberty is committed to creating a sustainable and bright future in Lorton.

Now, you can learn about Liberty Lorton’s responsible approach to the environment and sustainability with these 5 ways we are going green.

But first, what is adaptive reuse?

You may have heard people say that Liberty Lorton is an adaptive reuse project. What does that mean, exactly? An adaptive reuse project takes historic buildings — such as the Lorton Reformatory — and reimagines them to fit a modern need. Using historic buildings and original materials also reduces the cost of the raw materials required to construct brand-new buildings. Our adaptive reuse efforts have placed Liberty on the National Register of Historic Places.

5 Ways We Are Going Green

Sustainability Features at Liberty in the Liberty Chapel

We are committed to the Lorton community in this adaptive reuse project, and we honor our role of treating the land well and developing responsibly for its future. Here’s what you need to know about our sustainability practices:

  1. As part of our adaptive reuse project, we are planting over 500 new trees and placing 6 acres of forested land in a conservation easement. These trees provide shade and green spaces for our residents to enjoy and reduce the amount of stormwater runoff created by the community.
  2. Liberty Lorton will be a mixed-use development with retail, recreation, and housing all in one place. Walkable neighborhoods mean less car travel — which ultimately reduces the use of fossil fuels for transportation.
  3. All new houses built at Liberty follow the Energy Star program and are equipped with energy-saving appliances and features, such as low-water-use plumbing fixtures and eco-friendly paint.
  4. Liberty Lorton’s reuse of 47 historic buildings kept unnecessary waste from entering a landfill -— and reusing buildings means that no new raw materials must be extracted and processed.
  5. Six new bioretention facilities at Liberty capture and treat stormwater runoff to reduce phosphorus content levels before it enters local streams.

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