Environmental Services Division  |  Sustainability in Albemarle County


RideShareRideShare is a program of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission working to reduce traffic congestion and increase mobility throughout the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson.

RideShare offers free carpool and SchoolPool matching, a vanpool start-up service, and operate a Guaranteed Ride Home program, which provides free rides home in an emergency to users of alternative transportation.  RideShare also works with employers to develop and implement traffic reduction programs.

For more information on RideShare, please click here.  

Buy Fresh Buy LocalPiedmont Environmental Council's Buy Local Initiative
The Buy Fresh Buy Local Campaign helps consumers find and choose local products while building relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers’ markets retailers, restaurants, and institutions. This online food guide and corresponding printed guide (available free at locations throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle, Greene, Nelson, Fluvanna and Louisa Counties) make it easy for you to buy local foods from local farmers and suppliers whose growing methods you may support.

For more information on the Buy Local program, click here.

Better World BettyBetter World Betty
Better World Betty is a fun and useful new website dedicated to green living, sustainable services, products and companies in the Albemarle area.  Betty wants to make green living easier on a day-to-day basis right here in Charlottesville, and says that big changes start with small steps. This site contains a calendar of events, eco-friendly shopping advice via the business directory, and information on local recycling and donation.

Click here to use Betty’s “reduce, reuse or recycle” tool, which offers a quick way to find out the what, where, and when of donating and recycling here in the Albemarle/Charlottesville area.

Toilet Rebate Program
A Toilet Rebate Program is currently being offered by the Albemarle County Service Authority. The ASCA is offering up to $100.00 per toilet (maximum of three toilets) to customers who agree to replace older, less-efficient toilets with new low-flow technologies. Act now, because funding is available on a first-come first-serve basis. Toilet rebates need to be pre-approved, so a customer can ensure a rebate before buying a new toilet for their home. For more information on the stipulations of this program and the qualifications for entry, visit the Albemarle County Service Authority.

Charlottesville Gas Rebate Program
Save money with the City of Charlottesville! The city has developed a series of utility rebate programs for City of Charlottesvile gas customers. These programs encourage the usage of natural gas as a safer alternative for the environment as opposed to other heating mechanisms within homes. First, there is the Hot Water Heater Rebate Program which offers a $100.00 rebate to any home owner that chooses to upgrade to a new energy-saving natural gas water heater. Additionally, a homeowner can choose to purchase a programmable thermostat and participate in the Programmable Thermostat Rebate Program. Installing these systems within one’s home, while it may be an initial investment, can save a homeowner money in the long run. By automatically adjusting the temperature, these gadgets can reduce heating costs by up to 33% while providing benefit and comfort for all members of the household. The rebate stipulations for this program include a $100.00 credit which can cover the costs of purchasing the product and installation of the product. Click here to see more about the Charlottesville utility rebate programs.

Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville
The Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville (UACC), formerly known as QCC Farms, is an urban agriculture project that has been designed to involve and engage residents in the process and activity of raising vegetables in a community garden setting. This program serves to improve the physical health of residents by providing a source for healthy eating, and enhances the environmental, economic, and psychological health of the community. By fostering community relations and educating individuals on the benefits of organic foods and aesthetically productive green space, this urban agriculture program has served to educate individuals and provide inspiration for projects that serve to unite members of the community through the means of a unique gardening venue.

For further information, please visit the UACC website.

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Environmental Services Division
401 McIntire Road
Room 224
Charlottesville, VA 22902
FAX: 434-293-0294
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