City of Charlottesville
The City of Charlottesville first committed to greenhouse gas reductions by joining the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement in 2006.
This commitment has been restated in the City Council Vision 2025: A Green City, Comprehensive Plans, and by joining the Global Compact of Mayors in 2017. As part of the Global Compact of Mayors, Charlottesville has committed to a phased process for climate action including an updated inventory (by June 2018), setting a new target (by June 2019), and creating a new plan (by June 2020).
An update on the City’s progress was included in the November 19, 2018 City Council Agenda Packet. Draft recommendations for a new GHG reduction goal and second update are part of the May 6, 2019 City Council Agenda.
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution on September 6, 2017 reaffirming the County’s commitment to addressing climate change. The Board resolved to continue to stand with cities, counties, and other public and private sector partners throughout the world to advance action in accordance with local and international goals.
The current Climate Action Plan process will address a directive in the Board’s FY20-22 Strategic Plan to “develop/implement phase one of the Climate Action Plan to include high-level goals and strategies focused around climate protection and resiliency to locally address climate change.” The resolution further committed to coordinate with community partners and local stakeholders to develop a Climate Action Plan – including a specific target for GHG reduction.
University of Virginia
The University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors approved a resolution in 2011 to set a greenhouse gas reduction goal (25% reduction below 2009 levels by 2025), with an update in 2013 to include nitrogen.
In 2015, the University collaboratively developed its first strategic plan for sustainability (UVA Sustainability Plan 2016-2020) and a second, updated, Greenhouse Gas Action Plan (2016). As of calendar year 2017, UVA reduced emissions by 18.9% despite significant building and population growth.
The University expects to meet its reduction goal ahead of schedule and is now in the process of setting a new climate target and developing a new sustainability plan for 2030 and beyond.
1. How Does Climate Change Affect Us (& What Can I Do)?
Below is a small selection of short videos that provide some basic information about climate change and climate action.
(Produced by KTTZ Texas Tech Public Media and distributed by PBS Digital Studios, any opinions expressed in the videos above are those of the presenter.)
2. What Does Climate Action at a Local Level Look Like?
- Home Energy Check-Ups from the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP)
- Home Energy Challenge
- Solarize Virginia
- Solar and EV Charger Co-Op
- Rebates on Electric Vehicles for Utility Customers in Virginia
- Charlottesville Better Business Challenge
- UVA Sustainability Programs
- Local Climate-Aware Community Groups