According to the EPA P2 website, pollution prevention (P2) means “reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and re-using materials rather than putting them into the waste stream.”
The Albemarle County Environmental Stewardship Strategic Plan (ACESSP) focuses on reducing waste and lowering carbon emissions through reduced fuel and energy consumption through 2020. This plan builds upon the strategies for lowering energy usage and emissions in conjunction with the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia that can be found in the collaborative Local Climate Action Planning Process (LCAPP) Report. The goals of the ACESSP are to reduce energy demand and promote energy conservation, "improve travel efficiencies to reduce energy consumption and emissions," and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
The following is the mission of the ACESSP:
"To continue to demonstrate leadership in energy reductions at the local level; to build on existing synergies by continued collaboration with all community partners; to integrate the role of energy conservation and carbon emissions in projects and planning; to equip the community at all levels to make informed decisions about impacts of energy efficiencies."
A few of Albemarle County’s pollution prevention programs, projects and commitments include:
- Energy Conservation
- Climate Protection
- Internal Recycling
- Recycling in our Community
- Green Cleaning, Safer Chemicals, and Integrated Pest Management