Climate Action Planning

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    Climate Action Plan Process Briefing at City Council Meeting

    The October 19th City Council meeting included a briefing on the upcoming Climate Action Plan development process for community engagement. Agenda item and link to the video recording are available online & more detailed information is forthcoming. Read on...
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    Charlottesville Adopted New GHG Reduction Goals

    On July 1, 2019, City of Charlottesville's City Council adopted new greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals informed by community input and the challenge posed by climate change, including the recent IPCC report. The new goals aim to achieve a 45% reduction Read on...
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    Draft GHG Goals Open for Public Comment

    At City Council's May 6, 2019 meeting, a compilation of community comments and input were presented along with draft greenhouse gas reduction goals. Community input was used to inform support for this level of commitment and to begin informing direction Read on...
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    Charlottesville Recommits to Climate Action

    City Council passed a resolution on June 19, 2017 as its "Response to the Announced US Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement". The resolution indicates continued commitment on behalf of Charlottesville to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and Read on...
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Developing a Climate Action Plan

Following the adoption of a greenhouse gas reduction target on July 1, 2019, the City of Charlottesville will develop a climate action plan for greenhouse gas reductions followed by a climate hazard risk assessment and climate resiliency/adaptation planning process. 

City Council passed resolutions on May 6, 2019 (PDF) and July 1, 2019 (PDF) directing that the Climate Action Plan be developed pursuant to the adopted reduction goal and include the following aspects:

  • Address Equity Specifically in Goals and the Climate Action Plan
  • Addresses Funding and Financing Options to Enable and Support Private Sector Action
  • Identify Measurement Frequency and Accountability Mechanisms
  • Identify of Sub-Goals by Sector and by Strategy in the Climate Action Plan
  • Front Load Reductions - pursue steeper reductions in the near term

Additional Strategies

Additionally, the Climate Action Plan will include, but not be limited to, strategies that address:

  1. Further enabling private financial sector investment in energy performance upgrades for commercial properties in the City of Charlottesville through adoption of a commercial property assessed clean energy (C-PACE) financing program; and
  2. Effective funding programs and models for increased residential energy performance, including programs that are compatible with affordable housing and owner or renter-occupied housing; and
  3. The feasibility of integrating zero emission vehicles into the municipal fleet and supporting increased community adoption of zero emission vehicles; and
  4. Working in conjunction with regional partners to implement seamless programs and services to increase ease of participation for Charlottesville organizations and residents.


The City had planned to begin community engagement to develop a Climate Action Plan in the Spring/Summer 2020. Formal engagement activities have been delayed due to the coronavirus response. Planning for an adjusted community engagement process began in August/September. More information will be announced to the public in October, along with a process briefing at the October 19, 2020 City Council Meeting. Updates and announcements will be published through the Climate Action News Flash. Community members can sign up for notices when new information is available via Notify Me.