Raleigh releases climate action plan implementation report

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

The City of Raleigh released a Climate Action Plan Implementation Report last week, highlighting actions that have been taken by the city and community, including data and metrics that measure progress toward achieving the three stated goals of Raleigh’s Community Climate Action Plan:

  • Achieving City Council’s goal of an 80 per centd reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050
  • Addressing climate equity with all CCAP actions
  • Building community resilience to the impacts of climate change

The purpose of the project was to develop a CCAP with a transformative vision and climate strategies that are capable of achieving deep emissions reductions.

An initial step in the project was for everyone to understand GHG; what they are, where they come from and how they affect the climate.

The report shares updates on projects and programs from across departments and the community that impact greenhouse gas emissions, equity and resilience. These include energy efficiency and renewable energy, transportation and transit initiatives, expanded green infrastructure, and community engagement initiatives.

Key updates:

  • Data on energy efficient buildings in Raleigh, including LEED and Energy Star certified buildings
  • Installed solar capacity growth to expand solar access
  • Changes to the North Carolina energy mix as energy utilities shift toward more renewable energy sources
  • City programs to promote multi-modal transit and clean transportation options including GoRaleigh, Cardinal Bikeshare, pedestrian and bicycle improvements
  • Transportation electrification updates and progress toward electrifying City of Raleigh fleet vehicles and maintenance equipment, and supporting the transition to electric vehicles in the community
  • Expanding access to green stormwater infrastructure
  • Urban heat island mapping and mitigation work

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