The City of Charlottesville first committed to greenhouse gas reductions by joining the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement in 2006. This commitment has been restated in the City Council Vision 2025: A Green City, Comprehensive Plans, and by joining the Global Compact of Mayors.
By joining the Global Compact of Mayors, Charlottesville has committed to taking action in three phases that include requirements for covering climate mitigation and climate action: Phase 1 - Inventory. Phase 2 - Target. Phase 3 - Plan. An update on the City's progress is included in the November 19, 2018 City Council Agenda Packet.
Periodic reports on the emissions associated with activities within Charlottesville's jurisdictional boundaries are generated to reduce, measure, and track community-wide greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy use. The 2016 Greenhouse Gas Inventory is the fifth inventory compiled by the City of Charlottesville.
Energy 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.
The elements of the Climate Change Protection Program support Charlottesville Climate Commitments, including:
US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (2006)
Comprehensive Plan (2007; 2013; 2018)
Charlottesville City Council Vision 2025: A Green City (2009)
Global Compact of Mayors (2017)