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Charlottesville Emissions Reports

Emissions Report CoversPeriodic reports on the emissions associated with activities within Charlottesville's jurisdictional boundaries follow from commitments made by the City of Charlottesville to reduce, measure, and track community-wide greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy use, including the:

  • US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (2006)
  • Comprehensive Plan (2007; 2013 draft in progress)
  • Charlottesville City Council Vision 2025: A Green City (2009)

2012 Charlottesville Emissions Report Update

The 2012 Charlottesville Emissions Report Update was presented to the Charlottesville City Council on April 1, 2013. The Update Report includes 2000 and 2006 data from the Charlottesville Emissions Baseline Report and adds data for inventory years 2009 and 2011. The full report, as well as an infographic summarizing the findings, can be downloaded on the Emissions Reports page:

Read more about the Charlottesville Emissions Reports


LCAPP: the Local Climate Action Planning Process

LCAPP w/City County UVa logosEnergy use in all aspects of our lives — how we travel, how we live, how we care for our urban and rural landscapes, and how we produce the energy we use — is directly related to greenhouse gas emissions.

In May 2009, senior executives from the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle extended an invitation to local community representatives to serve on a multidisciplinary Steering Committee leading a Local Climate Action Planning Process (LCAPP). Over an 18-month period, the LCAPP Steering Committee, supported by a network of more than 50 local subject matter experts, local business representatives, and other interested parties, examined best practices to assess their appropriateness and effectiveness for our community.

The LCAPP Report documents this process, provides examples of existing efforts by the City, County, and University of Virginia to reduce energy use and emissions, a Five-Part Framework through which to view energy in our communities and associated action strategies, and Recommended Principles and Next Steps.

Read more about LCAPP, the Report, Framework, and Recommendations


The Climate Protection Program & LEAP

LEAP LogoOn April 1, 2013, Charlottesville City Council approved a partnership between LEAP (the Local Energy Alliance Program) and the City’s Climate Protection Program. The partnership will provide program services for City residents and non-residential organizations that will inform, assist, and encourage energy efficiency in their homes and buildings while producing greater comfort, utility bill savings, and lower associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Learn more about the history of LEAP
Visit the LEAP website