Durham, NC Endorsing the Urban Environmental Accords
Status: Adopted on 5/23/06
Durham Environmental Affairs Board
URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL ACCORDS RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, the Durham Environmental Affairs Board serves to advise and assist the City and County governments on matters related to the environment by providing a mechanism for communication between the municipal governments on environmental issues in Durham; and
WHEREAS, Durham has signified a continued commitment to the environment and sustainability; and
WHEREAS, Durham seeks to improve its community to be safer, cleaner, and more efficient; and
WHEREAS, Durham strives toward achieving a greater and more sustainable quality of life for its citizens; and
WHEREAS, Durham is a pioneer in the region in its commitment to global cooperation among cities to advance an ecologically, economically, and socially prolific society; and
WHEREAS, the Urban Environmental Accords, a series of non-legally binding goals adopted by over 80 cities worldwide, address many of the primary environmental issues facing Durham; and
WHEREAS, Durham has taken positive steps towards many of the goals and programs listed in the Accords through its Comprehensive Plan, Unified Development Ordinance, Greenhouse Gas Action Plan, Results-Based Accountability Initiative, and other programs;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Environmental Affairs Board hereby endorses the concepts and goals of the Urban Environmental Accords, as ratified on World Environment Day, June 5, 2005 and recommends the City of Durham become a signatory of the Accords.
Durham signed onto the Urban Environmental Accords in 2006. At the time of Durham's signing, over 85 cities worldwide had also signed onto the Accords. However, no other city in the southeastern United States was a signatory. By signing the Accords, Durham demonstrated its leadership and commitment to improving the quality of the environment for all of the citizens of Durham.