Climate Protection

The City of Charlottesville first committed to greenhouse gas reductions by joining the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement in 2006. 

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions  Reduction Goal

The City of Charlottesville has adopted a citywide GHG emissions reduction goal (which includes emissions resulting from residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental activities such as powering our buildings, transportation, waste, and water/wastewater). Learn more about Charlottesville's GHG emissions.  

  • Reduce GHG emissions to 45% below 2011 levels by 2030

  • Achieve carbon neutrality by 2050

This GHG emissions reduction goal was adopted by City Council on July 1, 2019 following two public comment periods and a presentation of a draft goal. Agenda memos for City Council on May 6, 2019 and July 1, 2019 include comments and feedback from the community as well as resolutions informing the future development of a climate action plan. 

Climate Action Planning

As part of its Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy commitment, the City will develop a Climate Action Plan to meet its citywide greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction targets and a Climate Adaptation Plan to prepare and adjust to local effects of climate change. Learn more about Charlottesville's Climate Action Planning activities

  1. Keep Updated
  2. Supporting Documents
  3. Climate Commitments

Learn More and Stay Informed!

  1. Sign up via Notify Me to receive notices when new Climate Action updates from the City are available. Select Climate Action in the list under "News Flash".

  2. Information on the City's Climate Action Plan and development process will be published on the Climate Action Planning webpage.
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    Now Open: Online Input Form for Identifying Climate Vulnerabilities in Charlottesville

    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...
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    Climate Vulnerability Assessment Process Kicking Off

    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...
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    Call for Volunteers: Urban Heat Island Mapping Campaign

    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...
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    Equity in Climate Action: A Community Discussion

    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...
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    Climate Action Plan Process Update to City Council

    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...
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    Announcing: Community Workshop - Dec 14 and Dec 15

    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...
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    Charlottesville Adopted New GHG Reduction Goals

    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...
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    Draft GHG Goals Open for Public Comment

    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...
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    Charlottesville Recommits to Climate Action

    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...
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