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.
Town staff are continuing to participate in the LEED for Cities Leadership Cohort, a free 8-month training program to guide the town as it works toward a LEED for Cities and Communities certification. An update will be provided to the Davidson Board of Commissioners in February 2023, and application submittal is expected later in the year. In late 2021, the Town of Davidson was awarded participation in the Duke Energy Park and Plug Pilot Program for two public electric vehicle charging stations. The new level two electric chargers are now operational! They are located at 216 South Main Street and 568 Jetton Street near the Circles @ 30 area. Owners of electric vehicles will pay a nominal fee and have 24/7 access to the charging stations. This initiative is in support of the Sustainability and Natural Assets Strategic Plan Goal and the adopted Sustainability Framework. Additional details about electric vehicle charging can be found Headline.
International Walk and Bike to School Day was held on Wednesday, October 12.
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.