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PlanRVA begins public engagement process for plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The effort is part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) program that funds regional and statewide planning efforts spanning the next three years. More than $4.6 billion in competitive grants are available nationwide to support local planning efforts designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Trevor Dickerson

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PlanRVA is starting public engagement outreach to collect input for plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Richmond region.

The effort is part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) program that funds regional and statewide planning efforts spanning the next three years. More than $4.6 billion in competitive grants are available nationwide to support local planning efforts designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

PlanRVA is leading the CPRG response across the Richmond Metro Statistical Area, which comprises 18 jurisdictions and five local tribal organizations in the Richmond region. The organization recently launched its Climate Resilient RVA website to share updates and support community outreach.

PlanRVA was awarded $1 million by the EPA in 2023 to create and implement climate action plans as part of the CPRG process and is currently preparing a Primary Climate Action Plan (PCAP), which is due to the EPA on March 1. The plan must outline short-term and ready-to-implement projects and policies the region can take to reduce climate pollution. PlanRVA is focusing on the transportation and waste sectors in its PCAP.

Community feedback is a key component of the PCAP and the CPRG process. Last week, PlanRVA launched a survey to collect perspectives about greenhouse gas emissions and project ideas. The survey closes on Feb. 2.

“This is an important opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our region and we need the community’s feedback to prepare a strong response to the EPA,” said Nicole Keller, Resilience Planner at PlanRVA. “Please complete the survey and share it with your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues.”

Implementation grant applications – state and locality plans to execute the projects and priorities within the PCAP – are due to the EPA on April 1.

The region’s Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) is due to the EPA on March 1, 2025, and will detail long-term strategies to lower greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors. The plan will also include analyses of current and projected greenhouse emissions, and will be time-bound, meaning it will include a specified year for achieving goal targets.

Both plans will highlight program benefits to low-income and underserved communities.

A final status report will be submitted to the EPA in 2027 with updated analyses and plans, as well as progress by the region in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Learn more about PlanRVA and its CPRG response at www.climateresilientrva.org.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.