City and County Climate Action Planning

2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for our community when it comes to climate action! The City, County and UVA are working collaboratively to address local climate solutions. As a part of the climate action planning process, they are seeking your valuable input. This page is meant to be an easy-to-understand overview of the process and a guide for you to get involved.

Get Involved!

Autumn Morning by  Bob Mical

Autumn Morning by Bob Mical

Right now both the City and County are setting up new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals using community-input. The City’s timeline is driven by their commitment to the Global Covenant of Mayors. In 2017, the County passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to address climate change and the importance of climate action planning.

Community input is paramount to setting a bold, leadership-level goal that aligns with the most recent science. So now is the time to share what you feel the recommended climate reduction goal should be with your local government. The City and County have different processes, so check out the details below.

For City Residents

What’s Happening Now

This first public comment period for City residents to weigh in on the community-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal closes March 17th. Here are four ways to add your voice.


City staff will present draft recommendations for the reduction goal at the April 15th (tentative) regular City Council meeting. The second comment period will collect community input regarding this draft.

  • Share your comments on the draft recommendation April 9th - mid-May (exact date TBD)

  • A proposal to adopt the draft recommendation will take place at the June 17th (tentative) regular City Council meeting

For County Residents

What’s Happening Now

The first step of climate action planning in the County involves establishing seven emissions-sector work groups comprised of staff who will engage relevant stakeholders. These work groups include:

1) Transportation (Community); 2) Transportation (Government & Schools); 3) Buildings (Community); 4) Buildings (Local Government & Schools); 5) Renewable Energy; 6) Solid Waste; and 7) Landscaping (Land Use Practices, etc).

  • Sign on to C3’s Citizen Letter, which we will submit to the Board of Supervisors and staff members on behalf of all signees on March 17th

Next Steps

The County’s emissions-sector work groups will meet in the Spring to consider community input and stakeholder expertise to create a climate action plan.

  • Stay engaged with the County’s evolving timeline leading up to their ultimate goal of presenting a climate action plan to the Board of Supervisors this summer.

Information about the City, County and UVA’s joint efforts surrounding Climate Action Planning can be found at

This page was created March 6, 2019. C3 will update this page and keep your informed as new information becomes available!