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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 LCAPP Framework and Action Strategies
As part of the process, the Five-Part Framework was established to aid consideration, discussion, and understanding of how energy use is present in all aspects of our lives and to organize approaches and strategies.
Action Strategies & Local Examples
In addition to categorizing energy use into the Five-Part Framework, the LCAPP Steering Committee identified appropriate action strategies for the City, County, and University of Virginia to consider pursuing. In the Report, each part of the Framework includes three focus areas with three suggested strategies each.
Recognizing that our area has many contributions and individual examples of success in these areas, the Steering Committee acknowledged and celebrated examples that could be built upon further. Examples from within the City, County, and University of Virginia are included with the action strategies for each part of the Framework.
The Action Strategies and Local Examples can be found on pages 16-25 of the LCAPP Report.
Five-Part Framework Fact Sheets
Research by the LCAPP working groups and the Steering Committee was used to compile Fact Sheets following the established Five-Part Framework. These Fact Sheets were shared at the Carbon, Our Energy Future & You: A Community Workshop in February 2011; they and their associated research helped to inform the LCAPP Framework Action Strategies, the highlighted local examples, and the Steering Committee's Recommended Principles and Next Steps.
The LCAPP Report was finalized in August 2011 and signed by all fourteen members of the Steering Committee. Staff from the City, County, and University of Virginia each presented the report in the fall of 2011 to their organizations' leadership.
The LCAPP Report, along with the Charlottesville Emissions Reports, inform the City's Climate Protection Program efforts.