Climate Action Planning

The City of Charlottesville has begun developing a Climate Action Plan. Reflecting community comments and discussion over the last several years, this effort is being led under the brand of Charlottesville Acting on Climate TogetherLogo for Charlottesville Acting on Climate Together

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Community events and input opportunities will be posted here as they are scheduled. Meeting recordings and available follow-on materials will be posted following the events. 

Equity in Climate Action - February 8, 2021Logo for Charlottesville Acting on Climate Together 

The City of Charlottesville has committed to including Equity as part of its Climate Action Plan and has partnered with the University of Virginia’s Institute for Engagement & Negotiation (IEN) to conduct this important conversation on equity for the City’s Climate Action Plan. This conversation around equity will be an integral part of the overarching discussions for all the community engagement efforts. In addition, we hope a separate continuous group will form to assist the City through the longer-term planning process.

We would like to have a diversity of community voices contribute to the conversation about how to ensure that the City’s Climate Action Plan represents our goals for climate equity. In addition to direct invitations that have been sent out, community members are invited to participate in this first important Equity in Climate Action conversation for the City of Charlottesville. 

This Equity Conversation will be Monday, February 8 beginning at 4 pm and lasting until 6 pm. This meeting will be virtual via Zoom. Please RSVP if you would like to attend to Harrison Premen at to receive the Zoom link and agenda.  

Community Workshop (Virtual & Recorded) - December 14 and 15, 2020

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Watch the Workshop Recording (the December 14th session)
Provide feedback and responses via the Post-Workshop Input Form

As the first workshop in support of the City developing a Climate Action Plan, this workshop includes an introduction to Charlottesville's greenhouse gas (GHG) emission sources, examples of climate action strategies from other communities, some high-level example scenarios for meeting Charlottesville's GHG emission reduction targets, as well  as an overview of the Climate Action Plan development process.  

Workshop Recording & Schedule
To help increase community access, the workshop was offered twice with a recording and links to feedback materials posted here after the event.  

The workshop was divided into four 30-minute sections, each including opportunity for questions and answers.  Community members can "tune in" live or on the recording to specific segments: 

  • 00:00 - 00:30   Introduction and Overview of the Plan Development Process, Charlottesville's Emissions, and Example Climate Action Strategies
  • 00:30 - 01:00   Stationary Sources of Emissions (Buildings' Energy Use - Residential, Commercial)
  • 01:00 - 01:30   Renewable Energy 
  • 01:30 - 02:00   Transportation
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