across our community
We are highlighting the best practices from our community partners that help us create a sustainable and resilient community.
Local partnerships enhance our ability to promote new innovative industries, environmental sustainability and better connected communities.
So many local businesses, non-profits and governmental partners (e.g., Carrboro and Orange County) are doing their part to make Chapel Hill a place where people thrive. Our partners enhance sustainability and resilience by strengthening environmental stewardship, social equity and/or economic development—all to help us achieve our community goals.
Continue scrolling to find some of the best practices taken from Chapel Hill’s partners.
How local businesses do their part
Several local businesses are becoming a part of the green movement because it offers many economic and environmental opportunities. Here are some ideas from local businesses, non-profits and more:
Installing green roofs
Composting and recycling
Installing electric vehicle charging stations or bike racks
Updating building infrastructure that conserves energy
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
There is so much a local business, non-profit or other organization can do to improve the lives of their employees. Here’s what some local organizations have done on behalf of the people who support them every day:
Paying a living wage
Being conscious of the needs of working parents
Being conscious of personal biases, race, socioeconomic status and religion while hiring
Volunteering in the community
Economic and Financial Stewardship
Economically sustainable organizations are those that make decisions to create opportunities, innovate and add to our local economy. They do so in support of our community and our environment. Here are some local examples:
Reducing energy use
Using locally sourced food
Attract local investors
Investing back into the community by donating time/money/services
university of north carolina
The University serves as a vital partner in our journey to resiliency and sustainability. With their help we have created one of largest fare free bus systems in the country, a unique Launch Program to help start ups succeed and more.
The University itself is doing more to create opportunities for sustainability. For example, the three zeros environmental initiative, solar farm initiative, and green dinning services promote environmental sustainability while enhancing the local economy with innovation.
Chapel hill-carrboro school system
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro School System is committed to integrating sustainability in the education system. Environmental sustainability in the schools comes everywhere from student initiated programs to district policies. Some programs include:
Carrboro High School’s solar panels. Installed after students pressed for a community sustainability campaign.
CHCCS compost project. Students from elementary and middles schools are expected to divert as much as 143 tons from the local landfill. This initiative began after students from Phillips Middle School created the Trash Terminators 2.0 club developed the program.
Green Ribbon Schools Award. This award is a national recognition for schools who promote sustainability and environmental education.
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership brings together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development.
Improving the visual appeal of downtown
Rebuilding downtown as a mixed use center of retail, service, professional, governmental, institutional, and residential uses
The Biennial Inter-City Visit & Leadership Conference connect business owners allowing them to learn from each other, teach business owners about the community’s assets and how to improve their own businesses.
Leadership Chapel Hill is designed to inform and develop emerging business leaders. By understanding the problems of the community business leaders can make decisions that address them while continuing to develop economic opportunities.
Small Business Energy Initiative is a grant from the US Department of Energy partnering with Duke Energy and the Institute for Market Transformation to help businesses become more energy efficient.