Climate Action Plan
The Town of Davidson is working with Blue Strike Environmental (www.bluestrikeenvironmental.com) to create the first Climate Action Plan (CAP) for the town. The CAP will identify a range of short and long-term policies as well as specific actions the town can execute to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Plan will also address resilience and adaptation to the impacts of climate change and secure an equitable quality of life for all. The CAP is intended to serve as a resource for town staff, elected officials, and residents to pursue carbon neutrality with substantiated confidence.
The Town of Davidson is a small community of 15,132 residents located approximately 20 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina. The town boasts a total of 902 acres of conserved and park land. Davidson, proud home of Davidson College, is a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly town, a designated Bee City and Tree City community, and home to multiple non-profits, dedicated volunteers, and local groups who contribute to the community.
The town’s Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2020 and includes numerous sustainability and energy-related action items. Over the past two years, the Davidson Board of Commissioners added sustainability as a priority item to their Strategic Plans and adopted a municipal operations goal of carbon neutrality by 2037 to coincide with the town’s bicentennial. The town formed a Sustainability Committee and adopted a Sustainability Framework to begin working towards its goals. A partnership with Davidson College has assisted the town in conducting a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for municipal operations and a protocol-compliant community-wide inventory, with 2019 as the benchmark year for each. In early 2022, the town was accepted into the LEED for Cities Leadership Program and began several initial sustainability-focused projects and compiled data for submission in early 2023. For additional information about current sustainability efforts click here Version OptionsClimate Action PlanHeadline.
Over 280 community members weighed in on the Climate Action Plan survey this summer. Results of the survey will weigh into the coming Climate Action Plan and raw results can be found here Version OptionsClimate Action PlanHeadline Updates Updates. We expect a draft of the Climate Action Plan to be made available for a public comment period in late 2023 or early 2024.