Chatham County Climate Change Advisory Committee meeting cancelled due to bad weather

Pittsboro, NC – The Climate Change Advisory Committee meeting that had been slated for tonight is cancelled due to icy parking area and driveways around the Chatham Community Library and icy secondary roads around the county.

Meeting cancelledIt likely will be recheduled for February 16 or 25, 2016. More details to come.

Tonight’s agenda was to be:

Call to Order

Presentation by Debra Henzey

  • Review of the Chatham County Advisory Committee Policy
  • Board of Commissioners Charge to the Committee by the Board of Commissioners
  • Committee Roster

Committee Member Introductions

Discussion of projects to be undertaken by the Committee

Suggested projects are shown in attached document, Chatham County Climate Change Committee, which formed the basis for the Board of Commissioners to establish the Committee,

Future Meetings Discussion

Public Input



Current Members of the Chatham County Climate Change Advisory Committee include:

  • Laura Lauffer
  • Amanda Robertson
  • Sonny Keisler
  • John Graybeal
  • Alicia Ravetto
  • Judith Vergun
  • Jon Darling
  • Whitney Beers Schmidt
  • Jeff Gannon
  • John Bonitz, representing the Town of Pittsboro
  • Ronald Dameron, representing the Town of Siler City
  • Wesley Seawell, representing the Town of Goldston
    Chatham County Commissioner Liaison is Diana Hales

This committee was newly created in September of 2015. The stated purpose of the Committee is to make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners and others regarding likely climate change impacts in Chatham County and ways to adapt to and mitigate these impacts, including: (a) reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (primarily CO2) with related improvements in air quality, (b) promoting the use of renewable energy, (c) promoting carbon neutral/green building standards for new and existing buildings both public and private and (d) encouraging resilient conservation–oriented land uses and both residential and commercial land development standards that foster climate change mitigation and adaptation.

A key focus of the Committee is to make recommendations to the County about ways to: (1) reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (primarily CO2), (2) adapt to climate changes and (3) promote educational activities that support both. Initial Committee projects and activities that have been identified include:

  • Study carbon-neutral policies that have been considered and/or adopted by other local jurisdictions and businesses;
  • Identify the sources of energy that are now used in Chatham County;
  • Make recommendations to the County regarding use of the LEED building standards;
  • Make recommendations to the County regarding the sources of renewable energy that could be used to support County and other buildings;
  • Make recommendations to the County regarding energy efficiency of County-owned and other buildings and vehicles;
  • Make recommendations to the County regarding possible amendments to the zoning and subdivision ordinances and building codes to improve the efficiency of residential buildings and the conservation qualities of housing developments;
  • Make recommendations to the County regarding ordinance and regulatory amendments to encourage maintenance of timberland generally, greater use of trees in commercial and residential developments and discouragement of deforestation practices;
  • Make recommendations to foster agricultural practices that avoid unnecessary contributions to climate change;
  • Make recommendations to the County regarding education of the public on issues relating to climate change.