A Green City
What Does It Mean to Be a Green City?
The City Council Vision Statement - 2025 includes 9 parts, one of which describes the vision for Charlottesville to be A Green City.
City Council Vision 2025: A Green City
Charlottesville citizens live in a community with a vibrant urban forest, tree-lined streets, and lush green neighborhoods. We have an extensive natural trail system, along with healthy rivers and streams. We have clean air and water, we emphasize recycling and reuse, and we minimize stormwater runoff. Our homes and buildings are sustainably designed and energy efficient.
What Is Sustainability?
Sustainability is essentially defined as being a process or a state that can be maintained at a certain level indefinitely. In other words, it means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
A sustainable community means to work together within our community to create an attractive, clean area in which to live, and to protect the natural resources upon which all life is dependent - for example using energy and water more efficiently, managing our waste through recycling and composting, producing less waste, and reducing pollution.
In the side navigation menu on the left, you can find links about ways to help make Charlottesville a more sustainable city and community.
The CityGreen Map shows projects and resources around Charlottesville that contribute to making us A Green City. The map includes six themes, icons linked to specific project/site details, and several base maps to toggle between.
University of Virginia’s Green Guide
The University of Virginia (UVA) has created a Green Guide interactive map for sustainability projects on grounds.