The newly formed Orange County Climate Council, which serves as a joint effort by municipal governments, groups and organizations across Orange County to address climate change concerns, held its first meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
Orange County, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Carrboro governments formed the council as a product of combined efforts from local governments, the school systems, UNC and local residents to accelerate collective action to fight climate change. According to Carrboro’s town website, the council will be sharing opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect county residents from the effects of climate change.
Jenifer Della Valle, assistant to the town manager and deputy budget director for the Town of Hillsborough, represents the town on the climate council.
“This first meeting was setting the foundation,” Della Valle said. “There was definitely a collective sense of urgency around the table and some really positive energy around these topics.”
Council members have said that they plan on meeting monthly until the end of the year. Starting in January, their goal is to meet every other month, with subcommittees that meet more frequently. All of the meetings will be open to the public. The council will provide a streamlined way to share information and collaboratively act on climate change within the county.