Climate Resilience

With the climate crisis upon us, we must take action to create a walkable/bikeable community, plant trees, and manage heat and stormwater impacts through a town-wide green infrastructure effort.

Climate Resilience

The second pillar of the Chapel Hill Green Initiative is climate action and environmental resilience. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Sixth Assessment Report declared a climate crisis and predicted that in the coming years we will experience extreme drought, heat, flooding, and pandemics, which will and are already causing significant human loss and economic disruption. 


The climate goals of the Chapel Hill Green Initiative are to reduce fossil fuel use, mitigate extreme weather impacts, and build climate resilience. We will accomplish this by:

  • strengthening our environmental protection and energy-use standards in the town’s Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO), as well as reducing per-person miles traveled by discouraging car-centric development and encouraging livable, sustainable, pedestrian- and bicycle-oriented communities;  


  • promote environmental justice in marginalized communities, which bear the brunt of climate change impacts, by working with grassroots organizations, churches, and other community partners;


  • investing in safe and healthy forms of transportation by connecting our greenways and building protected sidewalks and bike lanes; and 


  • encouraging community-based solutions that work with nature to address the climate crisis, such as expanding our tree planting program, composting, and building low-impact distributed infrastructure for managing stormwater runoff. 



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