Climate Action Planning

Current Community Involvement Opportunities

Open Now:  Online Input - Identifying Vulnerabilities

Watch the Video and then Submit Your Input via this Online Form

On Oct. 25th, the City hosted live virtual forums for staff and community members as part of the Climate Vulnerability Assessment process. An online recording of the community forum and input form with the same discussion questions are now available.

Forum Description:  Charlottesville is likely to see significant change in seasonal patterns, as well as an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. What sectors, assets, and populations in Charlottesville do you think are most vulnerable to these changes and hazards? We want to hear from a variety of perspectives on this complex and urgent question. We strongly recommend that attendees pre-view the Climate Hazards recording (~30 min), which provides important background information about this assessment process and the anticipated climate hazards for Charlottesville.

(More information about the Climate Vulnerability Assessment process is in the tab below.)

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Logo for Charlottesville Acting on Climate TogetherThrough joining the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, the City of Charlottesville has committed to developing two types of Climate Action Plans:  one targeting greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and one focused on preparing and adapting to a changing climate. Reflecting community comments over the last several years, these efforts are being led under the brand of Charlottesville Acting on Climate Together.

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    Now Open: Online Input Form for Identifying Climate Vulnerabilities in Charlottesville

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    Equity in Climate Action: A Community Discussion

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    Announcing: Community Workshop - Dec 14 and Dec 15

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    Charlottesville Adopted New GHG Reduction Goals

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    Draft GHG Goals Open for Public Comment

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    Charlottesville Recommits to Climate Action

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  1. Background
  2. Emissions Reductions
  3. Vulnerability Assessment

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. These efforts support the City's Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy commitment:

Chart showing Cville's current stages in the Global Covenant of Mayors Commitment

City Council Direction

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.

Timeline

The City of Charlottesville committed to developing a Climate Action Plan as part of its Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy commitment in 2017. Community engagement to develop a Climate Action Plan was planned to begin in the Spring of 2020. Formal engagement activities were delayed due to the coronavirus response with some activities beginning in the winter of 2020-21 and are still ongoing.