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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.

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Spring 2022

The Town of Davidson applied and was accepted to the 2022 cohort for the LEED for Cities and Communities program, which provides year-long technical assistance and covers the cost of certification. The LEED rating system helps communities benchmark current performance across a range of indicators tied to climate change, social equity, sustainability and resilience. This effort will link directly to community-wide greenhouse gas inventory the town will undertake this summer as well as lay the foundation for further planning as contemplated in the new Strategic Plan.  

In May we'll celebrate National Bike Month. Walk, bike, or roll to your destinations in May and everyday. Visit www.townofdavidson.org/bikemonth for Davidson events and details. A special thanks to all who joined in service projects to celebrate Earth Day on April 22! Visit www.townofdavidson.org/earthday for our Earth Day Fair exhibitor list, we enjoyed seeing so many of you at the Fair on April 23.

Winter 2021

The Public Works Department contracted with Lime Energy for an LED light conversion project at two town buildings, yielding 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. 

Fall 2021 

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 the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality for municipal operations by 2037

Click image to review the entire Greenhouse Gas Inventory Presentation.Town of Davidson GHGI Presentation Opens in new window

GHG Inventory Intern Presentation


Summer 2021

On June 7, the town welcomed a Sustainability Scholar from Davidson College as our summer intern. Emily Kaminski '23 (pictured above) assisted the town with energy use benchmarking. The focus was to gather data to produce the town's local government operations inventory. This work will lead to future efforts to create a timeline of high impact action steps. 

On April 27, the Davidson Board of Commissioners adopted the Sustainability Framework that outlines priority areas, includes an updated carbon neutrality goal of 2037 for town operations, as well as other short-term and long- term action items.  See the Sustainability Framework by clicking the tab in the left column.

On March 23, town staff liaison Charlene Minor and Sustainability Committee member Matt Walt presented a draft of the Sustainability Framework to the Davidson Board of Commissioners. The framework illustrates priority areas and “defines the desired outcome of the town’s sustainability efforts” as specified in the Strategic Plan. 

To view the presentation, click here.

Summer 2020

In August 2020, the Davidson Board of Commissioners added Sustainability and Natural Assets as a priority item to the Strategic Plan. The goal was set to “implement and encourage innovative solutions to environmental, energy, and climate- based challenges.” To accomplish the goal, a new short-term Sustainability Committee comprised of members of the Livability Board and Planning Board was created. Their task was to propose a list of priority items for the board to consider as well as share any related budget items for the board to consider for the upcoming budget year. The committee had the opportunity to hear from the UNC Charlotte Master of Public Administration (MPA) Capstone Team in December 2020 who provided a report and list of recommendations. The committee researched numerous resources and ultimately created a “Sustainability Framework” which they presented to the Board of Commissioners at the March 23 meeting. To read more about the Sustainability Committee, please click HERE.

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