In 2006, the Town of Chapel Hill became the first U.S. municipality to commit to a 60 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 through the Carbon Reduction Program. As of the last carbon inventory, the Town has reduced operational emissions 6.7% per capita below 2005 levels (the base year).
In 2017, the Council passed a resolution stating that the Town will do its part to meet the United Nations Paris Agreement – a 26 to 28% carbon reduction from 2005 levels by 2025. At its 2019 Retreat, the Council made the environment their top strategic priority and expressed support for a community-wide Climate Action Plan.
Staff: Manager’s Office | Sustainability
Green municipal buildings
Since 2004, new or expanded Town government facilities have been built to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. In 2017, the Council strengthened this commitment by requiring that new or renovated Town buildings also meet the fossil fuel reduction targets of the Architecture 2030 Challenge. The Challenge aims to design buildings that are carbon neutral by 2030.
Staff: Manager’s Office | Sustainability | Public Works
fare free transit
Since 2002, buses in Chapel Hill are free, providing more than 6.5 million rides a year. The Chapel Hill Transit partnership is one of the largest fare free bus systems in the United States. Chapel Hill Transit was one of the first systems in the state to implement hybrid electric buses and in 2018 received grant funding to purchase two new all-electric buses.
Staff: Chapel Hill Transit