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Initiative: 5.21 Develop a community centered carbon neutrality and renewable energy strategy

Thriving & Vibrant Environment


This initiative will develop a Triangle Regional Climate Action Plan that prioritizes equity and environmental justice by fostering a clean energy transition for all residents, particularly those in underserved areas that are disproportionately impacted by climate change. 

Key Measures & Data Analysis

Durham is home to diverse communities, including many historically disadvantaged neighborhoods. The EPA’s Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool or Justice 40 map quantifies the burdens these communities face by socioeconomic status and at least one of the following categories: climate change, energy, health, housing, legacy pollution, transportation, water and wastewater, and workforce development. This measure uses census tracts to define areas.

As of 2023, 29% of Durham County residents live in disadvantaged, Justice 40 areas. This is much higher than our neighboring counties of Orange County (0% disadvantaged) and Wake County (11% disadvantaged). 

Disadvantaged Communities in Durham County

Why is it important?

The Regional Climate Action Plan will create a roadmap to achieve our Durham City/County Comprehensive Plan goal of 100% carbon neutrality by 2050. A community-wide strategy will create a pathway for City residents, neighborhoods, businesses and institutions to reduce their carbon footprints and serve as the foundation that will guide evaluation of future grant applications, budget decisions, and other resource allocation questions related to decarbonization.

What have we been doing?

Partnering with Central Pines Regional Council and other Triangle local governments to develop a Triangle Regional Climate Action Plan with equitable community engagement. 

What's next?

Implement the Regional Climate Action Plan in Durham. 

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