Holy Cross Abbey: Reinhabiting Place (2010)

Client Organization: 
Holy Cross Abbey
Project Location : 
Berryville, Virginia
Summary of Project Idea: 

Like many religious communities, Holy Cross Abbey (HCA) in Berryville, Virginia, faces challenges including aging community members, declining vocations, and economic concerns. This project has two goals: 1. To recommend a range of implementable strategies and metrics to guide the HCA community toward physical, ecological, and financial sustainability. 2. To prepare an analysis and recommendations for dispersing information about the development of sustainable practices to other religious communities. To inform these recommendations, the Team conducted an in-depth assessment of the HCA community's property, businesses, behaviors, and land use management. Using information gained through research, surveys, comparative analyses, dialogue with the community, and field data collection, the Master's Project team developed recommendations which focus on HCA's buildings, land use, energy use, businesses, toxics/pollution, solid waste and recycling, and water use and supply.

SEAS Program Areas: 
Behavior, Education, and Communication
Sustainable Systems
Landscape Architecture
SEAS Faculty Advisor: 
Andrew Hoffman
Master Students Involved in Project: 
  • Kathryn Buckner, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems
  • Craig Cammarata, MPP/MS Sustainable Systems
  • Charlotte Coultrap-Bagg, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems
  • Alex Linkow, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems
  • Jessica Neafsey, MLA
  • Chris Stratman, MS Behavior, Education and Communication
Project Status: 
Past Project