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 energy@charlottesville.org.

NEXT STEPS

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 recently concluded their Climate Monday series and Community-Led Emissions Sector Work Groups—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. Staff members will be presenting their work at the September 4th Board of Supervisors Meeting.

NEXT STEPS

Please consider speaking at the August 7th (1:00 pm or 6pm) or August 21st (1:00 pm or 6pm),  and/or September 4th (1:00 pm) meeting to advocate for an equally bold climate action goal or emailing your comments to climate@albemarle.org. All meetings will take place in the Lane Auditorium of the Albemarle County Office Building (401 McIntire Rd.).

Citizens can sign up to deliver a 3-minute comment on a first-come first-served basis. Please email Caetano@cvilleclimate.org if you are interested or simply come 15 minutes prior to the meeting and use public comment paper sign-in sheet. We're happy to help! Here are some talking points:
 
We believe the County should make commitments that best reflect our values and concerns:

  • Climate leadership is vital for ensuring that our community remains a desirable place to live, work, and play.

  • The health and safety of our community is at risk.

  • We are all in this together.

We urge the Board of Supervisors to:

  • Establish a best-in-class climate goal of:

    • Reducing the 2010 baseline GHG emissions 45% by the year 2030; and

    • Achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

  • Enable financing tools to help investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy more affordable.

  • Promote public and private-led initiatives to increase public awareness and climate preparedness.

  • Commit to conducting an emissions inventory every two years so we know how we are doing.

These talking points come from the letter signed by you and nearly 1,000 other residents. C3 hand delivered this letter in May to Charlottesville City Councilors and Albemarle Board of Supervisors.

County Vote

Stay engaged with the County’s evolving timeline leading up to their ultimate goal of presenting a community-wide climate goal and initial 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 climateactiontogether.org.


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