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File #: 20-173    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Consent Agenda
File created: 1/24/2020 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 2/5/2020 Final action:
Title: Resolution Endorsing the "We Are Still In" Letter to the Virginia General Assembly Supporting Climate Action
Attachments: 1. Att.A - We Are Still In Letter to Virginia General Assembly, 2. Att.B - Resolution Endorsing The We Are Still In Letter To the Virginia General Assembyl
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AGENDA DATE: 2/5/2020

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Resolution Endorsing the "We Are Still In" Letter to the Virginia General Assembly Supporting Climate Action
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SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Authorize Board Chair to sign "We Are Still In" Letter and send to the Virginia General Assembly

ITEM TYPE: Consent Action Item

STAFF CONTACT(S): Richardson, Henry, Stewart, Harper, and Lowe

PRESENTER (S): Greg Harper

LEGAL REVIEW: Not Required

REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson

BACKGROUND: On September 6, 2017 the Board of Supervisors passed a Resolution to Reaffirm Commitment to Support Local Actions to Reduce Climate Pollution. The Resolution further commits Albemarle County to develop a community-wide Climate Action Plan and this effort is underway. On September 5, 2018 the Board of Supervisors authorized the Board Chair to sign the "We Are Still In" Declaration to support climate action to meet the 2015 Paris Agreement. On October 16, 2019 the Board passed a Resolution to Establish Community-Wide Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction Target.

STRATEGIC PLAN: Board of Supervisor's Prioritized FY20-22 Strategic Plan: Develop Climate Action Plan. Natural Resource Stewardship: Thoughtfully protect and manage Albemarle County's ecosystems and natural resources in both rural and development areas to safeguard the quality of life of current and future generations.

DISCUSSION: The Virginia General Assembly is currently considering a number of Legislative actions, such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), establishment of clean energy standards, greater customer access to clean energy, and policies and programs that reduce transportation-related emissions. The "We Are Still In" organization is urging Virginia members to sign a letter to their General Assembly representatives supporting these climate actions (Attachment A). The legislative changes will accelerate Virginia's transition to a low-carbon, clean energy economy.

BUDGET IMPACT: Signing the...

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