Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. By ensuring environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic prosperity, a sustainable city offers widespread benefits that enhance the quality of life for all residents, present and future. The Durham Sustainability Report, released in July 2017, highlights the City of Durham’s commitment to achieving this vision of sustainability.
The purpose of this report is to communicate the City of Durham’s sustainability story to date and to inform a strategic path forward. The report includes a timeline of major environmental milestones, key indicators, and accomplishments across City departments. Taken together, these components tell a story of how Durham is becoming a better, more sustainable community for its current population and for future generations.
Environmental Sustainability Plan
In addition to shedding light on Durham’s recent accomplishments, the information in the Sustainability Report will help inform a comprehensive Environmental Sustainability Plan for the City of Durham. The plan, under development in 2017, will assist the City in meeting objectives put forth in Goal 5 of the Strategic Plan: stewardship of physical and environmental assets. It will identify several overarching goals across the three central areas of sustainability - environmental, economic, and social – as well as strategic objectives within respective City departments to achieve those goals. By reflecting on our progress we can identify new opportunities to make Durham an even more resilient city.