A Community-Wide Effort

The Charlottesville Area Better Business Challenge was started by a partnership with Better World Betty and LEAP (the Local Energy Alliance Program) in 2010. In total, over 200 businesses, schools, and churches have participated in the Better Business Challenge in the last three rounds. The 2018-2019 program had 93 participants who will save over half a million dollars per year collectively moving forward. The Charlottesville Climate Collaborative licensed the program from Better World Betty in the fall of 2017 to bring the Challenge back to Charlottesville in 2018!

The Charlottesville Climate Collaborative


The Charlottesville Climate Collaborative was founded in 2017 with the aim of catalyzing local climate action through cross-sector partnerships and programs.  As a part of that mission, C3 will execute the Challenge in collaboration with its community partners, a group of dedicated people and organizations contributing copious volunteer hours, professional assistance, financial, and community support.

2018 Challenge Design Team

A special thanks to the The Design Team, the core group of talented and dedicated members involved in crafting the 2018 Challenge Scorecard.

  • Susan Elliott, Climate Protection Program Coordinator, City of Charlottesville

  • Lesley Fore, Executive Director, LEAP (Local Energy Alliance Program)

  • Anna Gayle Henry, Utility Allowance Production & Compliance Manager, 2rw Consultants Inc.

  • Teri Kent, Director of Programs and Communication, Charlottesville Climate Collaborative

  • Andy Lowe, Environmental Compliance Manager, Albemarle County

  • Grey McLean, Founder, Charlottesville Climate Collaborative

  • Jesse Warren, Sustainability Program Manager for Buildings & Operations, University of Virginia

2018 Community Partners

  • Virginia Organizing

  • City of Charlottesville - Office of Economic Development and Office of Sustainability

  • Albemarle County - Office of Economic Development and Environmental Services Division

  • The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP)

  • Better World Betty

  • 2RW Consulting

  • Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • University of Virginia - Office of Sustainability

2018 Challenge Sponsors

Companies and organizations interested in sponsoring the 2018 Better Business Challenge should email teri@cvilleclimate.org. Businesses are invited to both participate in and sponsor the Challenge.

2018 Sponsors

  • Sun Tribe Solar

  • CFA Institute

  • Colonial Webb

  • UVA Community Credit Union

  • Harvest Moon Catering

  • CREE Lighting

  • Batteries Plus Bulbs

  • 1061 the Corner and WINA

  • Cville Weekly

Founding Partners

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Better World Betty is a grassroots non-profit organization founded in 2008 with a mission to empower people and businesses with the tools they need to adopt more earth-friendly behaviors in a fast, fun, and friendly way.  "Everyone's a Betty" which means we can all do something to help the environment.  Programs include the Better Business Challenge, the Betty Home Menu of Action Items, Zero Waste Warriors, and a comprehensive community online resource for green living, green businesses, and recycling at betterworldbetty.org 

Better World Betty is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, and fiscally sponsored program of the United Charitable Programs. 


LEAP’s mission is to lead the effort in local communities to implement energy efficient and renewable technologies in buildings; to promote cost savings for families and businesses, job creation, energy self-reliance, and local economic development; and to mitigate climate change.

Our alliance model is a community-based, public-private partnership. Our programs help local governments meet their carbon emission reduction targets, improve the affordability and durability of our businesses and neighborhoods, and stimulate the local economy through job creation and retention. Check us out at leap-va.org.

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2018-2019 Partners and Sponsors