The City of Charlottesville first committed to greenhouse gas reductions by joining the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement in 2006.
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction Goal
The City of Charlottesville has adopted a citywide GHG emissions reduction goal (which includes emissions resulting from residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental activities such as powering our buildings, transportation, waste, and water/wastewater). Learn more about Charlottesville's GHG emissions.
Reduce GHG emissions to 45% below 2011 levels by 2030
Achieve carbon neutrality by 2050
This GHG emissions reduction goal was adopted by City Council on July 1, 2019 following two public comment periods and a presentation of a draft goal. Agenda memos for City Council on May 6, 2019 and July 1, 2019 include comments and feedback from the community as well as resolutions informing the future development of a climate action plan.
Developing a Climate Action Plan
As part of its Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy commitment, the City will develop a Climate Action Plan to meet its citywide greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction targets and a Climate Adaptation Plan to prepare and adjust to local effects of climate change. Learn more about Charlottesville's Climate Action Plan development process.
Learn More and Stay Informed!
Activities of the Climate Protection Program are informed and supported by the Charlottesville Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories, the Local Climate Action Planning Framework (LCAPP), and the (to be developed) Climate Action Plan.
Some of Charlottesville's Commitments to Climate:
- US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (2006)
- Comprehensive Plan (2007; 2013; 2018)
- Charlottesville City Council Vision 2025: A Green City (2009)
- Global Compact of Mayors (2017)
- New Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target Adopted, setting goals for 2030 and 2050 (2019)
Two items related to Climate Action are on the City Council meeting agenda for Tuesday, January 19th: an update on the climate action plan development process and a resolution in support of a proposed bill for the 2021 General Assembly session. Read on...
New materials for the City's Climate Action Plan development are now available online! Find the Community Workshop recording and an online form to provide feedback or response to the Workshop on the City's Climate Action Plan webpage. Read on...
The City of Charlottesville is developing a Climate Action Plan (CAP) aimed to achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals. Community engagement is a critical part of this process. Join us for the first community workshop! Read on...
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...
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...
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...
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...