RVAgreen Sustainability Plan
The RVAgreen Sustainability Plan is called
A Roadmap to Sustainability
was developed in collaboration with many community stakeholders, businesses and residents. It is designed to improve the quality of
life for residents, create a healthy environment and enhance economic opportunity in the city of Richmond.
The RVAgreen Plan has 55 initiatives within five focus areas.
- Economic Development
- Open Space and Land Use
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories
The city has an ambitious goal to reduce city government and the community's greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 using 2008
emissions as the baseline. This goal is essential for a vibrant, resilient and
economically competitive Richmond.
The Sustainability Office conducts a Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory to measure all carbon emissions throughout the
community-the impact of everyone who lives, works, or visits Richmond.
It conducts a Municipal Greenhouse Gas Inventory to measure the carbon emissions of city government operations – from electricity consumption in city buildings to the gas used in city vehicles.
In 2009, the city of Richmond developed a
baseline greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory
that used 2008 data as the baseline year.
The City of Richmond measures and reports its emissions and climate action data to external organizations and this provides a number of benefits:
- Transparency to community
- Track progress
- Identify opportunities for cost savings and improved efficiency in operations
- Identify climate-related risks
CDP is a non-profit organization that provides a global disclosure system for companies, cities, states and
regions to manage their environmental impacts.
ACEEE is a non-profit organization that acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies,
programs, technologies, investments and behaviors.