The Carrboro Board of Aldermen convened on March 19 to discuss cost and implementation updates to their Community Climate Action Plan as well as their Energy and Climate Protection Plan.
Board member Sammy Slade said he’s asking a lot from town staff, despite their limited capacity, because addressing global climate change is becoming more critical and time-sensitive.
“We have to go above and beyond anything ever seen by humanity ever, so we all have to be super-people,” Slade said.
Laura Janway, the Town of Carrboro’s environmental planner, presented an update to the board, detailing the costs of proposed emission reduction plans outlined in Carrboro’s 2018 Community Climate Action Plan and summarized the effects of previous town efforts. The plan aims to reduce town emissions by 50 percent by 2025.
Janway said Carrboro reduced emissions by 14 percent over the last seven years, largely the result of the town’s switch from coal to natural gas as an electricity source.
Moving forward, the town plans to collaborate with Duke Energy in converting streetlights to LED lights. The four-week project to do so is scheduled to begin in May, costing $35,395, and will reduce emissions by an estimated 10 percent.
Janway said town staff are also working on a transportation demand survey in order to gather data regarding town commuting habits.
“With this data, we can use this to assess ways to change transportation habits and reduce vehicle miles traveled,” she said.
The CCAP also calls for a 50 percent reduction in building emissions, which would involve retrofitting existing buildings. The updated report estimates the total cost to retrofit municipal buildings as $706,000, while retrofitting residential and commercial buildings would cost the community approximately an additional $122,390,000.