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Albemarle County is a haven for businesses of all shapes and
sizes, from orchards and local farms to professional, scientific,
and technical service establishments. Over 95 percent of business establishments in Albemarle employ fewer than 50 employees, yet the County’s proximity to Charlottesville and the University of Virginia provides a range of economic development partners and access to a highly educated workforce.
| COMMITMENT TO ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
- Top Five Green Cities, Blue Ridge magazine, 2006
- 17.5% of all land in Albemarle County is permanently protected as conservation easements, This plan allows lower income landowners to protect family farms and open space by selling their land to the county to be held in conservation, while still maintaining exclusive access rights to the land.
- Albemarle is a sponsor of the Better Business Challenge, a friendly competition among local businesses to integrate sustainable initiatives into day-to-day business. The challenge centers on sustainability goals in the areas of Energy, Transportation, Water, Waste, Purchasing, and Leadership.
- Albemarle supports the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is a community-based nonprofit who supplies local business and property owners with a place to call for all their conservation and environmental sustainability and stewardship needs. LEAP is the sponsor for numerous energy efficiency programs throughout the area, intending to promote cost savings, job creation, local economic development, and environmental stewardship.
- The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (which includes Albemarle) was awarded a $999,000 grant for the creation of “sustainable communities”, and is using the money to implement sustainable land use, transportation and housing goals, economic development in an environmentally-friendly manner, and air & water quality and energy use regulation.
Albemarle County government is proud to be a leader in green government:
- We are aggressively working to reduce the energy usage in local government buildings by 30% by the end of 2012. As of July 2010, energy consumption was down 20.3% when compared to a baseline usage in the year 2005.
- Both County Office Buildings have earned an Energy Star Rating, meaning they perform in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide with regards to energy efficiency.
- The County Office Building at 5th Street has a green roof, a solar-thermal system which supplements the existing hot water system.
- The County has implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) to assist in environmental compliance, pollution prevention, and continued environmental improvement.
- The County supports cleaner vehicles through our use of 7 gas-electric hybrid vehicles, as well as several flex-fuel vehicles that are ethanol-capable.
- The Monticello Fire Station uses a 20% blend of biodiesel (B20) fuel in all its fire engines, and the School Division is currently testing the use of B20 biodiesel fuel in 10 of its school buses, hopefully expanding the program to the entire bus fleet
- The Monticello Golf Trail includes premier golf courses at 5 locations both within and a
short drive from Albemarle County. The biggest draw is the Trail’s commitment to providing golfers with environmentally conscious, or “green”, properties, promoting environmental stewardship through on-course sanctuaries, preservation efforts of the scenic natural surroundings, water conservation, and organic gardens.