Building Collaborative Climate Policies
C3’s Climate Policy Team acts as a catalyst to advance climate policies, programs, technologies, investments, and sustainable behaviors. We are working closely with our community’s stakeholders to pinpoint and promote the best set of climate policies for a future with economic prosperity, a healthy environment, and an equitable and democratic access to clean energy.
In July 2019 the Charlottesville Housing Advisory Committee gave final approval to the Voucher Energy Efficiency Pilot program, or VEEP, which is scheduled to launch this fall/winter. LEAP and C3 worked together to join affordable housing needs with the need for greater energy efficiency in our local building stock which in turn helps us reduce our community’s climate emissions. It’s a win all around. The yearlong pilot will reward Charlottesville City landlords who accept renters with housing vouchers with forgivable, city-funded, loans of up to $10,000 a piece to be spent on efficiency upgrades. Contact us to learn more about this splendid program!
Advancing Policy Solutions
Our team along with our local stakeholders is currently exploring the best financial mechanisms and business models to boost climate action in our community. Additionally, in collaboration with our partners, in the following months we will prepare an energy-equity assessment map of our community and develop a series of policy recommendations crafted to better suit our local context.
In 2019 the City of Charlottesville, the County of Albemarle and UVA joined to work 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. On July 1st the City voted for a “best in class” climate goal of a 45% reduction (of 2010 emissions levels) by 2030, with the additional objective of carbon neutrality by 2050. The County followed suit in October with the same ambitious goal of 45% (of 2008 emissions levels) by 2030, and carbon neutrality by 2050. Now the hard work begins. Our team stands ready to support the climate action planning and policy development it will take to meet these goals! Check out our Climate Action Planning Information page.