2019 Events Schedule


Share camaraderie, swap success stories, and find solutions together at one of our events this year!  Meet other business and community leaders from across all sectors – office, retail, hospitality, academic, financial, and nonprofit.  

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Awards Night

Awards Night will be held on June 20th at the Paramount Theater to celebrate sustainability in business in the Charlottesville community. There will be a special guest emcee, beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and live music. From 5:00 - 6pm, there will be a private reception. Challenge participants will receive 1 complimentary ticket to the reception. Then the awards ceremony will begin at 6:15pm and is free and open to the general public. Learn more.

Education and Networking

Lunch n' Learns

Our Lunch n’ Learn series for the 2018-2019 Better Business Challenge has concluded. The new Lunch n’ Learn series is slated for fall 2019 with the start of the next round of the Challenge.

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Finish Line

Deadline for implementation of scorecard actions and submitting final score:  May 15, 2019


Awards Night

We will roll out the "green" carpet, recognize ALL participants, and award the winners in June 20th 2019!

Previous Events

Early Bird Registration:

Online registration is April 17, 2018 – May 31, 2018. Registering early will earn your business 10 bonus points!

Official Kickoff:

The Greater Virginia Green Business Council is hosting the Charlottesville Climate Collaborative’s Kickoff of the 2018 Better Business Challenge on Tuesday, May 8th 11:30am-1pm at CitySpace! It's free for businesses or organizations interested in joining the Challenge (click non-member and use the coupon code: CCB2018. Registration page: HERE. Facebook Event page: HERE


We would like to have all players joined and at the “Starting Line” by August 1st, 2018, but enrollment is open throughout the competition.

The Better Business Challenge is a program of the Charlottesville Climate Collaborative, which has a joint plan of work with Virginia Organizing.

Meet n' Greet:

Thursday, August 30, 5:30-7pm at Kardinal Hall

Get to know your Challenge competitors (aka teammates) in a fun, social atmosphere.  Share your game plan, tips, or discoveries while enjoying FREE appetizers and $1 off local beers and cider for all Challenge participants and anyone interested in joining this community-wide initiative to save energy and adopt other sustainable business practices!

Lunch N’ Learns:

Watt's New in Energy Savings? (Making a Challenge Game Plan and Energy Efficiency) Thursday, July 26th 11:30am-1pm at City Space. Learn more. 

The Dollars and Sense of Going Solar and Other Pathways to Renewable Energy Thursday, September 27, 11:30am-1pm at City Space. Learn More.

Turn on the Savings (Lighting and Lighting Controls) Thursday, November 29, 11:30am-1pm at City Space. Learn More.

Happy Hour

Thursday, February 2, 5:30-7pm at FIREFLY

We want to inspire your team to save energy, innovate, and lead in 2019 with this Happy Hour for Challenge participants and supporters.  It's not too late to make those resolutions to include actions in your workplace. Everyone who attends will receive one raffle ticket be entered to win. Earn extra raffle tickets for 1) uploading or emailing us your April 2018 energy bill and 2) by updating your Energy Scorecard online by February 6th! Learn more.