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.
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.
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.
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.