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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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Fall 2022

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 Town 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 operation! 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 the charging stationsThis 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 here

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.

Summer 2022

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

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.

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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. 

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. 

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

Spring 2021

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.