A Green City


Creating a Sustainable Environment for all our Citizens

(User-friendly URL: This webpage can be reached at www.charlottesville.org/AGreenCity) 








The City of Charlottesville Environmental Sustainability Division is dedicated to environmental compliance, public education, and environmental stewardship opportunities.  For details of programs including Stormwater Management Program, LEED-Gold certified Downtown Transit Station, City Hall green roof, greening of the City vehicle fleet, and the Meadowcreek stream restoration project, please CLICK HERE

What are the City and Community doing?

Climate Protection Initiatives

Water Resources Protection

Sustainability within the Community

What can we all do?

Carbon Calculator
Energy Efficiency 
Charlottesville Food Miles
Natural Gardening in Virginia
Water Conservation

General information

Climate Change overview
Heat Islands and Urban Forests
Charlottesville Transit System


A tradition of environmental commitment

1998: Regional Sustainability Accords
2003: Environmental Sustainability Policy
2006: Climate Protection Resolution
2007: Charlottesville City Council Vision -2025 
2007: Charlottesville Comprehensive Plan










































Charlottesville City Council Vision 2025: A Green City


"Charlottesville citizens live in a community with a vibrant urban forest, tree-lined streets, and lush green neighborhoods. We have an extensive natural trail system, along with healthy rivers and streams. We have clean air and water, we emphasize recycling and reuse, and we minimize stormwater runoff. Our homes and buildings are sustainably designed and energy efficient."  

Information can be found on these pages regarding community climate and water resources protection efforts, as well as other sustainability issues.


~ The City has created a highly energy and water efficient renovation demonstration project, Energy House.  Teamed with UVa's ecoMOD project, an historic 1920's bungalow on Ridge Street has been transformed into a model for reducing the environmental impact of housing. Click here to learn more 

~ The City and the County of Albemarle have teamed up with other community partners on a strategy to establish a community-based, comprehensive energy efficiency and renewables program.  The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) focuses on saving money, saving energy, reducing greenhouse gases, and being an active participant in a growing local green economy. LEAP is formally established and many exciting programs are launching. Please visit leap-va.org for more information.

~ The City now offers an Energy Efficient Buildings Tax Credit - click here to find out more.

~ Check out the County of Albemarle's Green Resource Map, which pinpoints "green living" options in the Charlottesville/Albemarle community such as recycling locations, park and ride sites, farmer's markets, and environmental stewardship projects.


What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is essentially defined as being a process or a state that can be maintained at a certain level indefinitely. In other words, it means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Perhaps what it means to be sustainable is best and most simply summed up by a Native American proverb, 'We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.'

A sustainable community means to work together within our community to create an attractive, clean area in which to live, and to protect the natural resources upon which all life is dependent - for example using energy more efficiently, recycling more, producing less waste, and reducing pollution.  

On the top left of this page, you can find links to pages containing further information on food miles, water issues, recycling and waste, energy use, climate change and details of what is happening within Charlottesville to help make us a more sustainable city and community. 

Did You Know?

In America we throw away 25,000,000,000 styrofoam coffee cups every year! 

An incredible 3% of the world's total energy use goes on producing Aluminum from Bauxite ore.  Aluminum is used for items including vehicles, airplanes, drink cans and food wrap.  Recycled Aluminum uses 95% less energy, saves money and helps to preserve our virgin natural resources.