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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 purse 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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June 2021

On June 7, the town welcomed a Sustainability Scholar from Davidson College as our summer intern. Emily Kaminski '23 will assist the town with energy use benchmarking. The focus will be to gather utility data to produce a report that will support the town with it's carbon neutrality goal of 2037 for municipal operations. This work with lead to future efforts to create a timeline of high impact action steps. 

April 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.

March 2021

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.

August 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.