FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2023
City of Charlottesville establishes The Office of Sustainability
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – On November 20, 2023, City Manager Sam Sanders announced the establishment of the Office of Sustainability as part of the City Manager’s Office. The announcement signals an emphasis and commitment on deeply integrating the City’s sustainability and climate goals throughout the organization. “This change provides a designation of priority for climate action and elevates its focus to work across the entire city organization as an extension of the City Manager,” Sanders wrote in his December 4 report to City Council. Climate Action is one of the strategic outcome areas in the City’s new Strategic Plan Framework, adopted in September 2023.
Charlottesville launched its formal environmental program in 2002. Over more than 20 years, the program has focused on regulatory compliance, pollution prevention, environmental restoration and stewardship, water and energy efficiency, sustainability and climate work. Efforts support the City’s Green City vision for a vibrant urban forest, clean air and water, healthy rivers and streams, efficient homes and buildings, and other improved environmental conditions. Acknowledging the urgency of the climate crisis, City Council adopted a community Climate Action Plan in early 2023 to pursue significant greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. In addition to reducing emissions, Charlottesville has teamed up with Albemarle County and the University of Virginia on Resilient Together, an initiative to make sure our community is strong, safe, and healthy in the face of a changing climate.
Many sustainability projects and programs have been and continue to be successful because of strong collaboration with internal, local, and regional partners. Together, we are committed to local environmental action for the good of our community; we are focused on justice and equity, and we are determined for Charlottesville’s efforts to contribute positively to global impact. “The Office of Sustainability is a resource for all City departments and is focused on taking a whole-of-government approach to this critical sustainability and climate work”, said Kristel Riddervold, Director of the Office of Sustainability. “We are also community-facing and will continue to work with residents, businesses, and other partners to achieve our community climate goals and protect the environment. We will do this work while keeping council’s commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion at the forefront.”
To learn more about the Office of Sustainability initiatives, visit Charlottesville.gov/GreenCity.
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Director - Office of Sustainability
City of Charlottesville