CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The city of Charlottesville is taking steps to address climate change and reduce its carbon footprint.

At the City Council meeting on Monday, May 6, councilors endorsed a new climate action plan.

The plan, which was prepared by city staff, calls for a 45% carbon reduction by 2030 and a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

“I feel that Charlottesville is a community that wants to be the best version of itself and to do that, climate change needs to be a priority for all of us,” Ravi Respeto of the Charlottesville Climate Collaborative, said. “We all need to be thinking about how we approach that thoughtfully in our businesses.”

Albemarle County and the University of Virginia are also expected to adopt new climate action goals that are in line with Charlottesville’s.