City-County Sustainability Office

How are we doing reducing greenhouse gas emissions?  Read our Greenhouse Gas Reduction Update to find out!

The Triangle Regional Resilience Partnership released our Regional Resilience Assessment. Take a look at the Executive Summary or dive into the full report.

Durham County Board of County Commissioners adopted a renewable energy resolution on November 13, 2018.  The Durham City Council adopted a renewable energy and carbon neutrality resolution on April 1, 2019.

Read the new Durham County Sustainability Report and the City of Durham Roadmap to Sustainability to see short and long-term targets and strategies for making Durham a more sustainable community.

What We Do
The Sustainability Office works with city and county employees to improve how government does business by developing policies, educating staff, and promoting the ethics of environmentally responsible leadership.

The Sustainability Office also works with people and organizations in the community to enhance sustainable living through public education, sponsored events, and other outreach as needed.

The Sustainability Office implements Durham’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan. Adopted in 2007, the plan sets ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by government and the community by 2030.

Durham is recognized for national excellence in sustainability

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What is Sustainability?
Sustainable communities meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. To achieve this goal, truly sustainable communities are environmentally healthy, socially responsible, and financially secure.

A healthy environment is rich in living resources, with clean air, water, and soil - providing for human and environmental well-being. Fair, just government and citizenry together ensure that the needs of everyone in the community are met. Financial security depends on and supports social and environmental health.


The mission of the Durham City/County Sustainability Office is to help protect and improve Durham’s environment through wise use of natural resources by providing guidance and resources to city and county employees, businesses, and residents.
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