Businesses are stepping up!


Businesses across the nation and the world are embracing environmental stewardship and climate action. Charlottesville and Albemarle County businesses are no exception.

The reason is simple.

Business leaders know that to stay competitive and cut operating costs, investing in things like fuel-efficient vehicles and energy-saving LED lighting just makes good business sense.  And for the first time ever, solar power is the cheapest way to produce renewable energy in the world. Period.

Sustainable business practices also help businesses demonstrate their commitment to their community and the environment, while serving a younger workforce's desire to think beyond the bottom line.

Commercial Sector Climate Pollution

Charlottesville Area businesses are poised to make a positive impact on climate. The commercial sector accounts for 26% of the greenhouse gas emissions in our community. So when we talk about taking climate action in our community, businesses have a key role to play.

That’s one reason why C3 is bringing back the Better Business Challenge in 2018.


Charlottesville Area Better Business Challenge

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Since 2011, over 150 businesses have participated in this friendly points-based competition to learn innovative ways to incorporate energy smart solutions and other sustainable business practices into their daily operations. At the end of the contest, an Awards Night announcing and recognizing all participating businesses is held at the Paramount Theater in Downtown Charlottesville. Imagine going to Charlottesville to LA and back 615 times -- that's how many driving miles we took off the road in 2014!

In 2014:

  • 78 businesses
  • Took 450 actions 
  • Saving $180,000 per year moving forward
  • Reducing CO2 by 1,383 tons
For us, the Challenge was a way to highlight our commitment to the environment and take another look at our environmental solutions.
— State Farm Insurance

Helpful Resources

C3 Money-Saving Guide to Local Incentives and Rebates for Businesses... Coming Soon!

Better Business Challenge Resources... Coming Soon!

Charlottesville Better Business Challenge Website