Charlottesville's Climate Action Plan - Now Available:
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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.
On October 3, 2022, the Climate Action Plan will be presented to City Council at their afternoon work session. Additionally, the City's Climate Protection Program has add a new staff member! Read on...
This August: Listening Sessions to provide an intentional space for voices in our community who are not traditionally involved in climate conversations, and, a Town Hall Community Workshop for all community members to provide input on GHG reductions. Read on...
Please join the conversation on Thursday, June 9, 5 PM - 7 PM for a virtual Community Workshop to discuss the City of Charlottesville's Climate Vulnerability Assessment. Register in advance of the workshop, and the Zoom link will be sent to your email. Read on...
The City of Charlottesville is working with the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) to bring another round of Solarize Charlottesville! Learn more & register for the June 7 virtual info session at SolarizeCville.org. Campaign ends June 30! Read on...
Please plan to join us, fellow community members, and community organizations on Thursday, June 9, 5PM - 7PM for a final, virtual, Community Workshop to inform Charlottesville's Climate Vulnerability Assessment! Read on...
We are excited to partner with Albemarle County, Virginia Clean Cities, and the University of Virginia for a community showcase of electric equipment. Read more for event details and activity schedule! Read on...
There's still time to inform the City's two climate planning processes that are underway! Two climate plans - Two surveys - Open through May 20th! 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
Developing a climate action plan for greenhouse gas reductions and a climate resiliency/adaptation plan are part of the City's Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy commitment:
A Climate Action Plan for Greenhouse Gas Reductions: Community engagement to develop a Climate Action Plan was planned to begin in the Spring of 2020. Engagement activities were delayed due to the coronavirus response. Some engagement activities began in 2020-21 and resumed in early Spring 2022. Charlottesville's Climate Action Plan is presented to City Council at their Oct. 3, 2022 work session.
A Climate Adaptation Plan to prepare for the effects of a changing climate: The City began the first two steps of the Climate Adaptation Plan process in Fall 2021. Charlottesville's top climate hazards have been identified and the Climate Vulnerability Assessment process is ongoing, expected to conclude by September 2022. The adaptation plan development will build upon these first two steps.
Materials and Information about the Planning Processes
More detailed information about each of the planning processes - including community engagement opportunities, informational resources, summary memos, and links to event and presentation recordings- are in the tabs below. These tabs will be updated as the two processes move forward.
Charlottesville's Climate Action Plan (Sept 2022)
Using a multi-layered approach to gather input from community members, organizations, stakeholders, and City staff, development of the Climate Action Plan began in Fall 2020/Winter 2021 and resumed in Spring 2022. The plan builds upon past work of the City’s Climate Program and provides a strategic framework to guide City and community actions to achieve our greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals of 45% by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050.
The Plan provides contextual and background information about GHG emissions in Charlottesville and identifies emissions reduction strategies for both community activities and municipal operations. More specifics are addressed within each area, including buildings and energy, transportation, and waste, among others. Each section presents strategies to guide the focus of actions as well as key actions to be taken within the next 3 to 5 years to keep Charlottesville on the path to our emissions reduction goals.
Developing a Climate Action Plan (CAP)
Preliminary Content for the Climate Action Plan
Prepared for the April 18, 2022 City Council work session, this preliminary content includes initial strategies and key actions for the Charlottesville Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP aims to achieve the City's GHG emission reduction goals of 45% reduction by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050. The CAP is envisioned as strategic in nature, with the strategies providing overarching direction to focus efforts and key actions identified to be pursued over the next 3-5 years.
Resource: Climate Action Fact Sheets
City Council Direction for the Climate Action Plan
August 2022 Events
Listening Sessions - August 4 and August 10, 2022
Two Listening Sessions in August provide an intentional space for voices in our community who are not traditionally involved in climate conversations. We invite all individuals to attend, as well as representatives from organizations whose work prioritizes marginalized communities, specifically those most impacted by climate change. The goal of these Listening Sessions is to gain input from underrepresented groups on the potential impacts of greenhouse gas (GHG) reducing actions.
Community Town Hall/Workshop - August 17, 2022
During this virtual Community GHG Reduction Town Hall Workshop, the City of Charlottesville encourages all community members to provide input on developing our potential GHG reduction priorities.
Community Survey - Open April 20 to May 20, 2022
The Climate Action Survey will inform strategies and actions for the City's Climate Action Plan, aimed at achieving Charlottesville's greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals of a 45% reduction by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050.
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.
Climate Liaison Committee Meetings - 1st meeting June 2021 & Ongoing
The Climate Liaison Committee is comprised of City management and regional government/institutional planning partners. Responding to the City Council Resolution for regional coordination as part of the Climate Action Plan, this committee offers ongoing regional perspective and awareness of climate activities and discussions as the Climate Action Plan is underdevelopment. It helps to both inform the Climate Action Plan and keep regional partners aware of how the City's climate plan is progressing.
Equity in Climate Action - February 8, 2021
Community Workshop (Virtual & Recorded) - December 14 and 15, 2020
Workshop Recording & Schedule
Climate Risk & Vulnerability Assessment
The first steps of Climate Adaptation Planning
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 with facilitation by Launch! Consulting at the June 2022 workshops.
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
- Late Summer/Fall 2022: Finalize and Publish Vulnerability Assessment Report
- Fall 2022: Climate Adaptation Planning Process Scoping
Past Community Engagement Opportunities
- October 2021: Introduction to Climate Hazards (recording available for pre-viewing & online form for Q&A)
- October 25, 2021: Identifying Vulnerable Community Systems (Community and City & Government Staff Forums (Zoom))
- October - November 2021: Identifying Vulnerable Community Systems (online form for input from individuals unable to attend the Oct. 25th Forums (recording of the forums available))
- January 20, 2022: Community Event - A Roundtable Discussion About Local Implications of Climate Change on Our Community's Health, Safety, and Ecology
- April 20 - May 20, 2022: Online Community Survey
- June 2022: Community and Staff Workshops to Identify Priorities and Focus-areas for Adaptation Planning
(Both workshops were held virtually on Zoom. June 8 - City and Government Staff Workshop. June 9 - Community Workshop.)
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
Community Survey Analysis Memo
From April 20 to May 20, 2022, an online community survey was available with an associated interactive map. Survey questions built upon community and staff input during the Fall 2021 and comments during the January 20, 2022 Roundtable Discussion event.
Community and Staff Workshops (June 2022)
On June 8 and June 9, 2022, virtual workshops were held with City & Government Staff members and with Community Members & Organizations. This event reviewed and built upon previous steps in the Climate Vulnerability Assessment process (including the materials listed above) and began to look ahead toward the climate adaptation planning process. We aimed to hear questions, ideas, and thoughts regarding what needs protection in Charlottesville and who can help in climate resilience.
Contact us using the Climate Vulnerability Assessment Contact Form.