The City of Charlottesville first committed to greenhouse gas reductions by joining the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement in 2006.
This commitment has been restated in the City Council Vision 2025: A Green City, Comprehensive Plans, and by joining the Global Compact of Mayors (now renamed to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy).
By joining the Global Covenant of Mayors, Charlottesville has committed to develop and implement climate mitigation and adaptation plans.
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...
Charlottesville Climate Commitments:
- 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)
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.