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, the City and the County have been collecting community input to help shape staff recommendations to City Council and the County Board of Supervisors. 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 developing climate action plans 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. The City and County have different processes and timelines for developing new goals, so check out the details below.

For City Residents

What’s Happening Now

On July 1, 2019 the Charlottesville City Council voted to adopt a GHG emissions reduction goal of 45% GHG reduction by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050! In doing so, Charlottesville became the first city in the Commonwealth of Virginia to commit to carbon neutrality. Read about this milestone in our blog, “City’s Bold Climate Goal Puts Cville Out Front in the State.”

Public comments about further development of the climate action plan can be submitted to City Staff by emailing


Now that the City has adopted a new emissions reduction goal, staff will begin developing the climate action plan to guide the path forward to reaching these goals. Stay up to date with the latest climate action planning news by following us on social media (@cvilleclimate).

For County Residents

What’s Happening Now

Albemarle County is hosting “Climate Mondays”to facilitate information sharing and public input regarding climate action strategies and planning. If you are able to attend, these weekly workshops are a great opportunity to learn about strategies to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and weigh-in on what strategies could work well for our community.

Each meeting begins at 5:30PM in Room 235 of the County Office Building (401 McIntire Road).

May 6 | Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - Residential Buildings

May 13 | Utility & Community-Scale Renewable Energy

May 20 | Transportation Choices: Bike-Ped, Rideshare, & Public Transportation Alternatives

June 3 | From Solid Waste Management to Sustainable Materials Management

June 10 | Energy Efficiency in Commercial & Industrial Buildings

June 17 | Landscape & Natural Resources

June 24 | Transportation Technologies: Vehicles, Infrastructure, Technologies

July 1 | Community Outreach Efforts & Education

July 8 | Commercial & Residential Building Redevelopment

July 15 | Local Government Buildings & Fleet Vehicles

July 22 | Feedback Summary (Part One) - Sustainable Materials Management and Natural Resources Emissions Sectors, Education/Outreach

July 29 | Feedback Summary (Part Two) - Buildings, Transportation, and Renewable Energy

The County is also continuing to convene seven Emissions Sector Work Groups to support the development of a climate action plan, comprised of County staff and relevant stakeholders who demonstrate expertise in the related field. These work groups include:

1) Community Buildings, 2) Municipal Buildings, 3) Community Transportation, 4) Local Government/Schools Transportation, 5) Renewable/Sourcing Energy, 6) Natural Resources, and 7) Solid Waste/Materials.

Email County staff at for information about Climate Mondays and the Emissions-Sector Work Group meetings, as well as to voice your support of bold action.

Next Steps

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 fall.

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

This page was updated May 8, 2019. C3 will update this page and keep your informed as new information becomes available!