Chatham County seeks applicants for Climate Change Committee vacancy

Pittsboro, NC – There is a new vacancy on the Climate Change Advisory Committee. The deadline for interested residents to apply to fill the vacancy is Monday, November 5, 2018 at 5 pm. You do not need to complete another application if you have already applied to serve on the Climate Change Advisory Committee in the past 12 months.

The person appointed by the Chatham County Board of Commissioners to fill the vacancies would serve an initial term until June 30, 2019 and would be eligible for reappointment to a three-year term at that time.

Interested residents should submit a committee application no later than 5 PM on November 5. An online form can be found at Or contact Lindsay Ray 919-542-8200 or   to obtain an email or printed application.

The Board of Commissioners seeks applicants who live in the county, support the mission of the committee and who have with the time and resources available to devote to the work and research required.

Expertise in one of the following areas is desirable, but not required: renewable energy systems, building efficiency, green building standards and conservation standards (in both residential and commercial settings), transportation efficiency standards and fuel options, forestry and agricultural practices and management, ecology and environmental science, and literature relating to the science of climate change.

The purpose of the Committee will be 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.

Initial Activities:
A key focus of the Committee will be 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.

Membership Requirements: 

The Climate Change Advisory Committee will have up to 11 members, with one member each representing the towns of Siler City and Pittsboro, which will determine their representatives. The Committee should consist primarily of members who are dedicated to its mission and who have time and resources available to devote to the work and research that will be necessary to accomplish its objectives. It would be useful if Committee membership also included persons with knowledge relating to:

  • Renewable energy systems
  • Building efficiency
  • Green building standards
  • Conservation standards applicable to both residential and commercial settings
  • Transportation efficiency standards and fuel options
  • Forestry and agricultural practices and management
  • Ecology and environmental science
  • Literature relating to the science of climate change

Committee Support:
The Committee may seek either as “ex officio” members or otherwise help and advice of staff from county government and other local governments, who are knowledgeable about the matters it wishes to consider. It may also look to the local universities, community colleges and other experts for assistance.

Current Members:

  • Michael Petruska
  • Keith McLaurin
  • Scott Moreland
  • Sonny Keisler
  • John Graybeal
  • Gregory Ames
  • Jeff Gannon
  • Rebecca Peer
  • Martha Girolami
  • John Bonitz, representing the Town of Pittsboro
  • Ronald Dameron, representing the Town of Siler City
  • Amy Brooks, representing the Town of GoldstonNOTE: County Commissioner Liaison is Diana Hales

Meetings: Link to information about upcoming meetings and past meeting minutes.

Committee Documents & Recommendations:  Click here

Resources: Links to climate change resources