Climate Action Planning
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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.
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 has committed to addressing Equity as part of its Climate Action Plan and is holding its first community conversation on this important topic on Mon. February 8, 2021. Community members who are interested to attend should RSVP. Read on...
Two items related to Climate Action are on the City Council meeting agenda for Tuesday, January 19th: an update on the climate action plan development process and a resolution in support of a proposed bill for the 2021 General Assembly session. 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...
The October 19th City Council meeting included a briefing on the upcoming Climate Action Plan development process for community engagement. Agenda item and link to the video recording are available online & more detailed information is forthcoming. 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
City Council Direction
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
Oct. 25, 2021, 5:30PM - 7:00PM: Community Forum - Identifying 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. What sectors, assets, and populations in Charlottesville do you think are most vulnerable to these changes and hazards? The purpose of this forum is to discuss this question and hear from a variety of perspectives. A majority of this discussion will take place in small groups to ensure that every attendee has an opportunity to provide their insight on this complex and urgent question. We strongly recommend that attendees pre-view the informational session recording (~30 min, link below), which provides important background information about this process and the anticipated climate hazards for Charlottesville.
Informational Session - for Pre-Viewing - 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. These climate hazards as well as information on the Climate Vulnerability Assessment Process is shared in this recording. ~30 min. Got questions about this recording? Contact us using the contact form link below.
Charlottesville Vulnerability Assessment Process and Climate Data Overview from ICLEI USA on Vimeo.
*Correction to verbal error made around 19:38 of the video: Average low temperature will increase by 16% by end-of-century, not 58%. This was only a verbal error; the information on the slide is correct.*
Future Community Engagement Opportunities
- Mid-November to January 2022: Online Community Survey
- Late January 2022: Community & Staff Workshops to Identify Specific Priorities for Adaptation
- Late February 2022: Vulnerability Assessment Results Memo - Available for Public Comment
- Late April 2022: Finalize and Publish Vulnerability Assessment Report
- Summer 2022: Climate Adaptation Planning Process Scoping
Contact us using the Climate Vulnerability Assessment Contact Form.