Monday, April 17, 2017

Mayor Kicks off Earth Week With New Sustainability Plan Announcement


Mayor Levar M. Stoney today announced RVAgreen 2050, a new comprehensive sustainability planning initiative. It is the next step in the evolution of the city’s sustainability agenda, which builds upon the solid foundation formed by the existing RVAgreen sustainability plan adopted by City Council in 2012. Great progress has been made to date, with 10 out of 13 sustainability indicators tracking positively. The city’s renewable energy capacity has increased by over 44,000% since 2008, community-wide energy use has decreased 1.5% and community recycling rates have increased 26%. The City has achieved 20 out of 55 sustainability initiatives and is on track to complete another 14 by the end of 2017.

RVAgreen2050 will begin with a summit this summer to start the planning process to develop our Community Energy Plan, the first step in a four-part plan. This comprehensive plan will be broken down into four major areas that will help Richmond create a healthier, more vibrant, economically competitive and resilient community:
  • Community Energy Plan
  • Deep Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan
  • Climate Action Plan
  • Placemaking Strategy
The City is undertaking this new sustainability planning effort to reach the goal of reducing city government and community greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. As of Dec. 31, 2015, city government greenhouse gas emissions are down 11% and community greenhouse gas emissions are down 15%.

Please click here to visit the City's Sustainability page.