Community Groups

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350 Central Virginia is a chapter of serving Charlottesville, Albemarle and adjacent counties. 350 uses online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions to oppose new coal, oil and gas projects, take money out of the companies that are heating up the planet, and build 100% clean energy solutions that work for all. 350's network extends to 188 countries.

AHIP is a Charlottesville/Albemarle home repair nonprofit organization working to ensure safe, affordable homes for our neighbors in need. AHIP’s Energy Retrofit Initiative, a partnership with LEAP, is integral to its critical rehab and repair efforts that reach more than 100 families each year, helping homeowners lower their heating and cooling costs and our local community reduce the residential energy footprint.

Appalachian Voices is committed to protecting the land, air and water of the central and southern Appalachian region, focusing on reducing coal’s impact on the region and advancing our vision for a cleaner energy future. 

Better World Betty is Charlottesville's favorite green resource and business directory. Betty’s mission is to empower people and businesses with the tools they need to be more environmentally sustainable. We provide local information, resources and tips to eco-problems in a fun, friendly, non-judgmental, and digestible way. 

The Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance aims to establish Charlottesville as the renewable energy hub of the Southeast, to advocate for the growth of the renewable energy economy, and to support the community’s transition to sustainable energy practices.


Generation 180 is a non-profit committed to advancing the transition to clean energy and supporting a cultural shift in energy awareness through original, engaging content, digitally-enabled campaigns, and an empowered volunteer network.

The US Green Building Council Greater Virginia's mission is to advocate and educate for sustainable buildings and communities across the commonwealth. Since 2005, USGBC Greater Virginia has pursued a vision of a community where efficient, healthy buildings save resources and costs, and are better places to live, learn, work and play.

Indivisible Charlottesville empowers citizens to oppose the Trump agenda and defend democracy by holding government accountable. Through collaboration with local environmental groups and direct actions, the Environmental Action Group works to support grassroots efforts and to ensure that our representatives act to protect the environment–as well  as our health, security and economy –and defend against damaging policies.

LEAP’s mission is to lead the effort in local communities to implement energy efficient and renewable technologies in buildings; to promote cost savings for families and businesses, job creation, energy self-reliance, and local economic development; and to mitigate climate change.

The City of Charlottesville has a growing tradition of working towards sustainability with a focused emphasis on climate protection.  Our efforts are directed by formal commitments, informed by community greenhouse gas emissions inventory data, and supported by a range of programs and initiatives aimed at reducing those emissions levels.  We seek effective and innovative ways to pursue emission reduction goals and the associated local benefits of clean air, local jobs, resiliency, and clean power choice.


PEC works with the citizens of our nine-county region to conserve land, create high-quality communities, strengthen rural economies, celebrate historic resources, protect air and water quality, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat, and improve people’s access to nature.

Piedmont Housing Alliance creates housing opportunities and builds community through education, lending and development. We offer a unique continuum of services, resources, and properties to address the urgent need for more affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families while partnering with other non-profits like LEAP to help solve issues of both economic and environmental sustainability.

The Sierra Club's mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth.

The Southern Environmental Law Center uses the power of the law to champion the environment of the Southeast, including in our hometown of Charlottesville. Our team of more than 70 dedicated attorneys works at the national, regional, state, and local levels, and in all three branches of government, for clean water, healthy air, and the protection of special places. 

Transition Charlottesville Albemarle publishes the Transition Cville newsletter, a monthly collection of local events that help us build useful skills, reduce our energy & resource footprint, and create a more resilient community.

UVA - Office of Sustainability

The UVA Office for Sustainability works to advance a comprehensive, collaborative vision for sustainability by facilitating strategic planning, program development, and project implementation across a wide range of impact areas.  The UVA OFS works in partnership with dozens of pan-University committees and organizations, representing hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members, dedicated to advancing sustainability stewardship, engagement, research, and curriculum opportunities from the Grounds up.

Wahoos for Sustainability is a grassroots movement of alumni, students, faculty, and staff who care deeply about the University of Virginia.  Wahoos for Sustainability was born as a means to develop and provide support for clear, actionable and constructive steps to help the University make significant progress on its draft Sustainability Plan and assume a leadership position among leading universities. 

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