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PlanRVA seeks community input for climate action plan to feduce greenhouse gas emissions  

PlanRVA launched a new survey this week for residents to share their priorities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in various sectors of the economy. The survey closes on June 28.  

Trevor Dickerson

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The region’s planning district commission is asking for community feedback as it continues to develop a climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Richmond region by 2050.

PlanRVA launched a new survey this week for residents to share their priorities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in various sectors of the economy. The survey closes on June 28.

The public is also invited to attend community ideation sessions in June and July. The events will be virtual and in-person and include opportunities to brainstorm and share perspectives.

The effort is part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Pollution Reduction Grants Program (CPRG) which funds regional and statewide climate action planning and implementation.

This latest phase of the CPRG is called the Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP).

The CCAP will include short- and long-term greenhouse gas reduction strategies across sectors, including agriculture, buildings, industry, energy, transportation and waste. The plan will include analyses of current and projected emissions and will set ambitious reduction targets for 2030 and 2050.

Last year, PlanRVA received a $1 million planning grant to fund this effort in the Richmond Metro Statistical Area, which is comprised of 18 localities and five local tribes.

The climate action plan includes a workforce development analysis and evaluates benefits to low-income and under-resourced communities that are disproportionately impacted by pollution and the impacts of climate change. It is aligned with the federal government’s Justice40 initiative, which seeks to ensure federal investments support disadvantaged communities.

Earlier in the year, PlanRVA completed a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) focused on near-term reduction strategies in Transportation and Waste. The PCAP made the region eligible to apply for implementation grant funds.

PlanRVA and its locality partners are committed to inclusive community engagement throughout the development of the CCAP. The organization is prioritizing feedback from overburdened and historically underinvested communities.

“Climate pollution impacts our entire region, and we need everyone’s perspectives to develop solutions,” said Nicole Keller, Resilience Planner at PlanRVA. “Please complete the survey and share it with your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues.”

The CCAP is due to the EPA in August 2025.

Learn more at www.climateresilientrva.org.

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