Sustainability in the Community

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Quality Community Council's Urban Farm


The Quality Community Council (QCC) is a citizen-driven community coalition dedicated to improving the quality of life in Charlottesville’s most challenged neighborhoods. 

This challenge is met through creative problem solving and social entrepreneurship.

Supported by the Blue Moon Fund, QCC's Urban Farm is located at Sixth St. and Monticello Avenue, and with the help of a farmer and many dedicated volunteers the farm strives to:

Improve the physical health of low-income residents, particularly seniors and children with limited access to quality produce, providing information on healthy eating and lifestyles, and physical benefits of gardening;

Enhance the environmental health of the community by creating a productive organic farm as well as an aesthetically-pleasing community green space;

Strengthen the psychological health of the community by providing improved inter-neighborhood relations through shared goals, shared space, and the satisfaction that results from seeing a project to fruition;

Advance the economic health of the community through education and the marketing of skills learned, products harvested, and lower food costs.

For further information, blogs and pictures of the Urban Farm project, please CLICK HERE

Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation

Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation (ACCT)  is a network of citizens and groups dedicated to promoting balanced transportation options, sustainable land use and transit-oriented communities through education and leadership in the greater Charlottesville area. 

Their programs include:

Safe Routes to School, designed to improve the health of kids by making walking and bicycling to school safer, easier, and more enjoyable. 

Arts4BikePaths is an alliance of environmentalists, bicyclists and artists whose mission is to raise money for multi-use trail and infrastructure projects in the greater Charlottesville area through art shows and other events.

The Active Living Partnership is a broad collaboration of several health and recreational agencies working with ACCT to enable and encourage regular physical activity in our everyday lives. 



RideShare is a program of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission working to reduce traffic congestion and increase mobility throughout the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson.

To this end, they offer free carpool and SchoolPool matching, a vanpool start-up service, and operate a Guaranteed Ride Home program, which provides free rides home in an emergency to users of alternative transportation.  RideShare also works with employers to develop and implement traffic reduction programs.

For more information on RideShare, please CLICK HERE

Charlottesville Podcasting Network


Wordcast Productions was formed in February of 2005 to help companies, non-profit organizations and individuals reach new audiences through podcasting.

The Charlottesville Podcasting Network site launched in April 2005 as a public affairs website dedicated to expanding the public square through podcasts of local speeches, press conferences and other events that have previously not been available in local media.


For more information on Sustainability via the Charlottesville Podcasting Network, please CLICK HERE

Piedmont Environmental Council's Buy Local Initiative


The Charlottesville Area Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign is connecting consumers in the Charlottesville area with fresh, locally grown and produced foods.

This online food guide and corresponding printed guide (available free at locations throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle, Greene, Nelson, Fluvanna and Louisa Counties) make it easy for you to buy local foods from local farmers and suppliers.

Information on Food Miles can be found in the Factsheet section of this site.  Please CLICK HERE 



Charlottesville Community Design Center


The Charlottesville Community Design Center (CCDC) brings together citizens and design resources to create equitable, sustainable and beautiful communities.

CCDC is one of the newest of over 40 community design centers across the country. Community design is a movement which began in the 1960’s, which focuses on the creation and management of environments for people.

CCDC was formed by a group of civic-minded designers and activists in Summer of 2004. Through start-up funds provided by the Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA),  CCDC and volunteers provide innovative technical assistance, design facilitation, and education programs fueled by public discussion in order to connect good design with community values, especially in underserved areas.



ecoMOD is a research, design, build and evaluate project at the University of Virginia School of Architecture that aims to create a series of ecological and affordable house prototypes.

Working in partnership with the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science, the goal is to demonstrate the environmental and economic potential of prefabrication, and to challenge the modular and manufactured housing industry in the U.S. to explore this potential.

In the context of this multi-year project, an interdisciplinary group of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, historic preservation, business, environmental science, planning and economics students are participating in the design, construction and evaluation phases of the project. Three prototypes are being developed for Piedmont Housing Alliance, and one for Habitat for Humanity.

For further information on ecoMOD, please CLICK HERE

Better World Betty

Better World Betty is a fun and useful new website dedicated to green living, sustainable services, products and companies in the Charlottesville area. 

Betty wants to make green living easier on a day-to-day basis right here in Charlottesville, and says that big changes start with small steps.

This site contains a calendar of events, eco-friendly shopping advice via the business directory, and information on local recycling and donation.


Disclaimer: Please note - all links contained above are provided by the City of Charlottesville in good faith, however we cannot take responsibility for the accuracy of information within external websites.