Equity and climate

Bringing Climate Solutions to Our Community

Caetano de Campos Lopes asks Southwood residents about the rising cost of energy bills

Caetano de Campos Lopes asks Southwood residents about the rising cost of energy bills

Ensuring an equitable transition to clean energy and a sustainable future means addressing the needs of all members of our community. That’s why our C3 team aims to infuse inclusion, diversity, and equity into each of our programs and our policy work. From convening social justice groups to engaging communities where they are, our team strives to listen to the needs of all community members and works to increase access to climate action.


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VEEP

Affordable housing continues to be a critical issue in Charlottesville, so C3 and the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) teamed up to develop The Housing Voucher and Energy Efficiency Program (VEEP). This pilot program offers financial incentives to landlords who accept housing vouchers to make energy efficient upgrades to their rental properties, in turn, creating more rental options for families with housing vouchers and lowering their energy costs. Read more about this housing and energy efficiency initiative in our blog. Interested in participating in this pilot program? Visit LEAP’s website to request more information. 


Leslie Gourdet of    LG’s Elixirs    (2019 Grant Recipient) installs Energy Star dishwasher to recycle his Elixir bottles.

Leslie Gourdet of LG’s Elixirs (2019 Grant Recipient) installs Energy Star dishwasher to recycle his Elixir bottles.

Better Business Challenge Mini-Grants

In partnership with the ACE program at the City of Charlottesville’s Economic Development Office, C3 is proud to support the sustainability efforts of small, lower-income business owners in the City of Charlottesville through our mini-grants program. These grants are awarded to businesses participating in the Better Business Challenge to support sustainable business practices that would otherwise not be possible due to financial constraints. To learn more about the mini-grants or how to become a Better Business Challenge participant, contact C3’s Commercial Program Manager, Claire Habel.


Climate Connections (Coming Soon!)

The intersections of climate and people can be seen across all areas of our community. C3 believes that highlighting these connections can serve to bridge the gap between climate and social justice through photography and storytelling, bringing lived experiences into a relatable light. In partnership with the talented local Charlottesville artist, Lilly Bechtal, this campaign will build awareness of how climate impacts are connected to our work, our homes, our food, and our community. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see debut of Climate Connections later this year.