What is sustainability?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.
Davidson's core values state
The physical, social, and intellectual well-being of Davidson citizens is fundamental to our community, so town government will provide and encourage enjoyable, safe, and affordable recreational and cultural lifelong learning opportunities.
Citizens must live in a healthy environment, so government will protect watersheds, trees, air quality, and other elements of the town's ecology.
In late 2021, the Town of Davidson was awarded participation in the Duke Energy Park & Plug Pilot Program for two public electric vehicle charging stations. Completion of the new level two chargers in the horseshoe at town hall and at 568 Jetton Street near the Circles @ 30 is expected on October 3, and Duke Energy projects that the EV Chargers will be operational the week of October 10. This initiative is in support of the Sustainability and Natural Assets Strategic Plan Goal, and details can be found Headline.
International Walk and Bike to School Day will be held on Wednesday, October 12. If you are interested in participating please do! If you would like to volunteer to support this event click here Headline.
The Town of Davidson and Crown Town Compost are partnering on a new 6-month pilot composting program that will allow 250 residents to sign-up in early September to bring their food scraps to five drop-off locations in Davidson for composting. Given that approximate 30 percent of residential food waste is compostable, we hope to gain valuable data during this 6-month pilot period to assess future need. Details about the Davidson Composts pilot program can be found here Headline.
In June, the Sustainability Committee announced they were seeking additional members for the committee. The process saw an overwhelming interest and the committee was ultimately tasked to select five new members. To view a list of committee members click here Headline.
The Public Works Department contracted with Lime Energy for an LED light conversion project at two town buildings, yielding approximately a 50% reduction in energy used and emissions produced at the Parks and Recreation and Public Works buildings. The Town also was awarded participation in the Duke Energy Park and Plug Pilot Program and the free installation of two Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for the public to charge up their EV's.
On September 27, Sustainability Committee member Nora Barger presented results from the first greenhouse gas inventory for government operations at the monthly Planning Board public meeting. Findings reveal that four sectors—buildings, streetlights, vehicle fleet, and employee commutes—produced almost 95% of the town’s total CO2 emissions, based on 2019 utility and fuel data. These results will help the town best determine the high-impact steps needed to address greenhouse gas pollution and achieve.