Albemarle County

This submission reflects this organization's contribution to the climate effort, representative of their current actions and commitments as well as the ways in which they intend to step up and collaborate with others.

Albemarle County's Climate Action Contribution

About Albemarle County's Climate Efforts

Albemarle County is currently (2018) creating a community Climate Action Plan which will include a greenhouse gas emissions goal/target and strategies to achieve reductions.

Climate Action Commitments

Current Climate Actions Albemarle County Is Taking:


Increase energy efficiency of local government operations, such as buildings, street lighting, and water or wastewater plants

Energy efficiency is the best way to save taxpayer money and cut climate pollution right now. The average building wastes about a third of the energy it uses. Consider implementing a strategic energy management plan for all major operations.

New Climate Actions Albemarle County Commits To Take:


Work with energy utilities to increase renewable energy provided to residents and businesses

Going beyond the local government’s own operations to make renewable energy available to your community is a challenging, but critical step that means working with utilities, state government, and your residents. Clean, renewable bring with them better air, predictable, increasingly lower customer pricing, and local job deployment opportunities.


Increase rates of walking, cycling and public transit through means accessible to all residents

In many communities, the transportation sector is the largest share of their pollution and getting people to use alternative modes of transit to the personal vehicle comes with a myriad of benefits, not only cutting greenhouse gases.


Set a goal for emissions reduction equal to or greater than the US goal under the Paris Climate Agreement (26-28% by 2025)

We all know the best way to measure, and actually achieve success, is to set a goal. Making that goal inline with or stronger than the U.S. nationally determined contribution under Paris signals that local governments are doing their part. Hundreds of cities and counties across the U.S. see an emissions reduction target of this level ambitious but doable.

Areas For Collaboration

We are interested in collaborating on the following:

Local Collaboration
  • Collaborate on climate and clean energy action, and to advocate for stronger climate policy at the local level

Organization details

Albemarle County is a county in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Albemarle County was created 1744 and the county seat is Charlottesville, which is an independent city surrounded by the county. Albemarle County has total are of 726 square miles and is located in the central Virginia Piedmont region. Albemarle County is located approximately 110 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. and 70 miles west of Richmond.
Charlottesville, VA
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