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Businesses are Leading on Climate!

SunTribe Solar staff taking advantage of their bike commuter incentive program

SunTribe Solar staff taking advantage of their bike commuter incentive program

Businesses across the nation and the world are embracing environmental stewardship and climate action. Charlottesville and Albemarle County businesses are no exception. And since 26% of the greenhouse gas emissions in our community come from the commercial sector, we know businesses have a key role to play. C3 is here to help organizations reduce their climate emissions.


Green Business Alliance

Charlottesville Climate Collaborative’s Green Business Alliance (GBA) is a leadership circle of like-minded mid and large-size businesses committed to managing their energy use, reducing costs, mitigating risk, and reducing their climate impact. Members embrace a shared climate action commitment and are empowered to achieve that commitment through solutions that work for their business. C3 supports the GBA members by tracking their energy use, facilitating solutions as a group, and highlighting success. The GBA will also provide a forum to develop policy recommendations which advance members’ clean energy, energy efficiency, and transportation objectives.

Members commit to:

  • Track and review energy use, cost, and performance over time.

  • Calculate their scope 1 and scope 2 emissions on an annual basis.

  • Commit to an achievable, but meaningful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by a date in the near term.

  • Undertake a material energy management and/or climate-mitigating project on an annual basis.

A formal announcement and public launch of the Green Business Alliance’s collective emissions reduction goal will be held later in 2019.


Charlottesville Area Better Business Challenge

WorldStrides Top Innovator for 2019

WorldStrides Top Innovator for 2019

Since 2011, over 200 businesses have participated in this friendly competition to learn innovative ways to incorporate energy smart solutions and other sustainable business practices into their daily operations. The program culminates in an annual Awards Night to recognize climate leaders.

In 2018-2019, 93 organizations collectively:

  • Took 506 actions

  • Achieved $675,620 annually

  • Reduced CO2 by 4,331 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

Businesses Push for Local Climate Action

Over 40 businesses and nonprofits representing nearly 3,000 employees including Thomas Jefferson United Way, The CFA Institute, Carter Myers Automotive, Michie Hamlett law firm, Legal Aid Justice Center, and Champion Brewery signed a letter urging local officials to support an ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal. Click here to see the letter and details about how your business can sign on.