Climate Action Planning
OPEN THROUGH MAY 20, 2022!
Two climate surveys - one for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions and one for assessing climate vulnerabilities!
New Resource: Climate Action Fact Sheets
Five fact sheets were developed in support of the City's Climate Action Planning process. They aim to provide an introduction to commonly discussed climate action strategies, concepts, and technologies and to serve as a resource for community members who may be newer to this topic and are interested to learn more.
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Through 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.
The City of Charlottesville realized reduced utility usage and spending during fiscal year 2021 primarily due to severely reduced building occupancy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on...
The City's Climate Protection Program will be presenting an update and preliminary content for the City's Climate Action Plan at the City Council Work Session on Monday, April 18, 4:00 pm. Read on...
The City of Charlottesville hires CMTA Energy Solutions to identify energy saving opportunities that support climate action. Read on...
Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Inventories measure and track community-wide GHGs associated with activities within the City of Charlottesville's community. The City's website has been updated to make this data more accessible to the community. Read on...
As part of the Climate Vulnerability Assessment Process, community members and staff considered vulnerabilities in Charlottesville's community systems. A summary report of this input is now available online. Read on...
Climate change, and its associated stress on our community, is upon us. Join the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the University of Virginia on January 20 for a roundtable discussion with local leaders in key affected community systems. Read on...
On Oct. 25th, Charlottesville hosted live virtual forums to identify climate vulnerabilities as the next step in its Climate Vulnerability Assessment process. An online recording and input form are now available for additional input to hear from you! Read on...
The City is beginning the process to develop a Climate Vulnerability Assessment, a part of Adaptation Planning. Having prepared information on the climate hazards projected for Charlottesville, community input is needed to identify vulnerabilities. Read on...
Calling for Community Volunteers - Help Charlottesville collect data on urban heat as part of the 2021 NIHHIS-CAPA Urban Heat Island Mapping Campaign! This project will support Charlottesville's climate action efforts around extreme heat vulnerabilities. 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...
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...
Developing a Climate Action Plan and a Climate Adaptation Plan
City Council Direction for the Climate Action Plan
City Council Work Session - April 18, 2022 (4:00PM)
Staff presented an update on the Climate Action Plan development progress and preliminary plan content. The presentation and Council discussion can be viewed online at the City's charlottesville.gov/streaming webpage.
Equity in Climate Action - February 8, 2021
Community Workshop (Virtual & Recorded) - December 14 and 15, 2020
Adaptation Planning & the Climate Vulnerability Assessment
The first steps in developing a climate adaptation plan are to identify the projected climate hazards that Charlottesville will experience and to identify vulnerabilities in the community to the top climate hazards. Combined, these steps will produce a Climate Vulnerability Assessment. The City of Charlottesville is supported by ICELI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA in this effort.
The Climate Vulnerability Assessment will assess potential impacts from climate change and identify priorities for adaptation. To understand which sectors, assets, and populations might be particularly vulnerable to those changes, we are relying on the knowledge and experience of government staff and the greater community. We highly encourage you to be a part of this conversation. See below for opportunities to get involved!
Community Involvement Opportunities
Future Community Engagement Opportunities
- April 20 - May 20, 2022: Online Community Survey
- June 2022: Community & Staff Workshops to Identify Specific Priorities for Adaptation
- Summer 2022: Vulnerability Assessment Results Memo - Available for Public Comment
- Late Summer 2022: Finalize and Publish Vulnerability Assessment Report
- Summer/Fall 2022: Climate Adaptation Planning Process Scoping
Climate Hazards for Charlottesville, VA
We have reviewed the best available climate models, which tell us how the frequency, duration, and intensity of climate-related hazards might change over time in Charlottesville.
- Climate Hazards and Vulnerability Assessment Process Overview - Video Recording (~30 min.)
- Climate Hazards for Charlottesville, VA - Summary Memo (PDF)
Identifying Community Vulnerabilities
Charlottesville is likely to see significant change in seasonal patterns, as well as an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events (precipitation, flooding, and extreme heat). What sectors, assets, and populations in Charlottesville do you think are most vulnerable to these changes and hazards?
- Recorded Community Forum Presentation (~20 min.)
- Online Form (now closed) - After watching the Forum recording, provide your responses to the Forum Discussion Questions
- Summary Report from the Community and Staff Forums and online form
Climate Action Together: A Roundtable Discussion About Local Implications of Climate Change on Our Community's Health, Safety, and Ecology
Contact us using the Climate Vulnerability Assessment Contact Form.