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Global Covenant of Mayors: Phase 2

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 (now renamed to the Global Covenant of Mayors).

By joining the Global Covenant 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 was included in the November 19, 2018 City Council Agenda Packet and in the May 6, 2019 City Council Agenda Packet.

The City of Charlottesville is currently in Phase 2 of that commitment, where we will set a new greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal and assess climate vulnerabilities.

Building upon our region's history of commitments to sustainability and climate action and the important role of community input in informing policy goals and future actions, the City is seeking public comment on a new greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal.

Public comment was open through March 17, 2019 to inform a staff presentation and draft recommendation to Council as part of the May 6, 2019 City Council meeting. Following the May 6th presentation, public comment will be accepted through May 31, 2019 on the draft recommendations and will inform a proposal for City Council's consideration in July 2019 (est. July 1, 2019 City Council meeting).

New GHG Emissions Reduction Goal - DRAFT PROPOSAL


The City of Charlottesville should adopt a 45% reduction by 2030 as an interim target, from its 2011 inventory year, and the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.


What's New?

The City of Charlottesville has exceeded its previous goal. This proposal would create a new goal. 

Previous goals were compared to the 2000 inventory year as a baseline. Recent studies, such as the IPCC October 2018 report, consider reductions from 2010. Of Charlottesville's data, the 2011 inventory is the most closely aligned and recent inventory year to 2010.


May 6, 2019 City Council Meeting:

Agenda Item: 
Update on City’s Global Covenant of Mayors Commitment:  
Draft Recommendations for a New GHG Reduction Goal & Key Focus Areas for Phase 3

Full Agenda:
Agenda and Background


Comment on the Draft Recommendation:

Submit comments on the draft recommendation by May 31, 2019 by emailing:






Climate Action Together in the Charlottesville-Albemarle-UVA Region

Over the coming months in 2019, the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the University of Virginia will each be making new commitments for climate action. Building upon our region’s history of commitments to sustainability and climate action, sustainability staff from the three organizations are collaborating on community outreach. Community engagement and public input are an important part of the collaborative process, and we invite the community to participate to help advance climate action in our region.

Information on the concurrent climate action processes in the Charlottesville-Albemarle-UVA region is available at:


Charlottesville Emissions Reports

2016 GHG Inventory CoverPeriodic 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. 

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


Charlottesville Climate Commitments

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) - Progress Update (Nov. 19, 2018)