ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

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ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is an international organization in which membership includes more than 1200 cities, towns, and counties, to commit to the environmental sustainability.

Local Involvement

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Albemarle joined the organization shortly after adopting the Cool Counties initiative in December 2007 to committ to a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, or an average annual reductions of 2 percent.

There has been some opposition to ICLEI membership in Albemarle County. In March 2011, Jefferson Area Tea Party held a forum to review local sustainability initiatives raising concerns about this as a goal of regional planning. As of May 2011, Supervisor Ken Boyd has called for the county to drop its membership in the international organization.