ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

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ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is an international organization in which membership includes more than 1200 cities, towns, and counties, to commit to the environmental sustainability.

Local Involvement


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Albemarle joined the organization shortly after adopting the Cool Counties initiative in December 2007 to committ to a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, or an average annual reductions of 2 percent.

There has been some opposition to ICLEI membership in Albemarle County. In March 2011, Jefferson Area Tea Party held a forum to review local sustainability initiatives raising concerns about this as a goal of regional planning. As of May 2011, Supervisor Ken Boyd has called for the county to drop its membership in the international organization.

On June 8, 2011, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 to withdraw from ICLEI. During a public comment period prior to the vote, 83 individuals addressed the board, largely on the topic of whether or not the County should continue membership in ICLEI, and whether or not to accept a regional planning grant. Supervisors Boyd and Snow, who would vote to withdraw, expressed concern that ICLEI sought to dictate, control, and/or monitor citizens' behaviors, to include their energy usage. Supervisors Mallek and Rooker, who would vote to continue ICLEI membership, indicated that the membership provided County staff with software and expertise that would assist in estimating greenhouse gas emissions in the County. Supervisors Snow, Thomas, Boyd, and Dorrier voted in favor of a motion to direct the County Executive to withdraw from ICLEI; supervisors Mallek and Rooker voted in oppositon to the motion.[1] [2] [3]

On October 16, 2019, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 (one member was absent) to adopt greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, aiming to cut emissions 45% by 2030 (relative to estimated 2008 levels), and to acheive net zero emissions by 2050.[4] [5]


References

  1. Web. Albemarle County Board of Supervisors meeting minutes for June 8, 2011, Albemarle County, Lane Auditorium, County Office Building, Approved August 3, 2011, retrieved January 18, 2020.
  2. Web. ICLEI is out, Brendan Fitzgerald, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, June 13, 2011, retrieved January 18, 2020.
  3. Web. Supervisors drop ICLEI membership but renew grant commitment, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 9, 2011, retrieved January 18, 2020.
  4. Web. Albemarle adopts greenhouse gas reduction goals, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, October 16, 2019, retrieved January 18, 2020.
  5. Web. Albemarle County Board of Supervisors actions report for October 16, 2019, Albemarle County, Lane Auditorium, County Office Building, December 16, 2019, retrieved January 18, 2020.