Environmental Sustainability

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Dedicated to environmental compliance, public education, pollution prevention, and environmental stewardship opportunities. The City of Charlottesville has adopted an Environmental Sustainability Policy.


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Charlottesville - "A Green City"

Click here to find out about community efforts to become "A Green City". The Charlottesville City Council has adopted a 2025 Vision Statement for the City.  One of the major goals of the vision is "A Green City", which states that "Charlottesville citizens live in a community with a vibrant urban forest, tree-lined streets, and lush green neighborhoods. We have an extensive natural trail system, along with healthy rivers and streams. We have clean air and water, we emphasize recycling and reuse, and we minimize stormwater runoff. Our homes and buildings are sustainably designed and energy efficient."


Climate Protection Program 

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 for Climate and Energy).

By joining the Global Covenant of Mayors, Charlottesville has committed to taking action in three phases that include requirements for climate mitigation and climate adaptation. For climate mitigation:  Phase 1 - Inventory.  Phase 2 - Target.  Phase 3 - Plan. For climate adaptation:  Phase 1 - Identification of Climate Hazards. Phase 2 - Assessment of Hazards. Phase 3 - Plan.


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Water Resources Protection Program

The City has developed a comprehensive Water Resources Protection Program (WRPP).
The main goals of the WRPP are to address the following water resources challenges:

Increasingly stringent stormwater regulations
- An aging and deteriorating stormwater system
- A backlog of drainage and flooding projects
- Decades of water resources degradation

Click here to learn more about the WRPP


Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure is an overarching term used to capture the wide range of natural assets and strategies used in the built environment to improve the quality of our natural resources and contribute to healthier natural habitat, increased recreational opportunities, and improved aesthetics. Working at several scales (municipal, neighborhood, and site), it is the strategic integration of nature into urban environments to enhance environmental values. 

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By weaving natural processes into the built environment, green infrastructure provides a range of benefits including:
  • stormwater management
  • flood mitigation
  • air quality improvements
  • mitigation of urban heat island effect
  • reduced water and energy use
  • habitat enhancement
  • facilitate walking and biking
  • increased recreational opportunities
  • improved aesthetics
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Water is an essential component of life itself. In order to ensure its availability, while saving you money at the same time, it is crucial that everyone practice good water conservation, especially in times of drought. The City has developed a comprehensive water conservation program to encourage and enable every citizen to save water.

Click here to find ways to save!



Energy and Water Management

The Energy and Water Management Team includes staff from the Department of Public Works in the Environmental Sustainability, Facilities Maintenance, and Facilities Development Divisions. This team supports the need for consistent tracking of our internal City utility usage, in-depth research and review of our facilities’ performance, and implementation of various programs and initiatives aimed at energy and water management. The team's goals are to help our facilities become more efficient, minimize energy and water excess, and help City staff implement energy and water efficient strategies in the workplace. We are striving to keep Charlottesville a leader in high performance buildings by optimizing the use of energy and water in all of our facilities.

ustainable Buildings

On September 2, 2008, the Charlottesville City Council adopted a resolution to implement green building practices for City construction projects. Green building practices are a strategy to reduce and minimize environmental impacts. Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources – energy, water, and material – while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment, through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal.



The CityGreen Map shows projects and resources around Charlottesville that contribute to making us A Green City. The map includes six themes, icons linked to specific project/site details, and several base maps to toggle between. Click here to visit CityGreen Map.


 Pollution Prevention Hotline : To report an environmental incident or concern, illegal dumping, an illicit discharge to the stormwater system or a stream, improper disposal, spills, or complaints regarding land disturbing activities please E-mail the City of Charlottesville Environmental Sustainability Division.


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