Previous Durham Project with ICLEI

Durham, the fourth largest city in the North Carolina State after Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro[1], has dedicated efforts to improve the environment with increasing population. As our client, the Durham City-County Sustainability Office works with other government local departments and the community in Durham to ensure environmentally friendly and sustainable development in the City and County. In 2007, the Sustainability Office adopted Durham’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan initiated by ICLEI, and the Office hired a Sustainability Manager in 2008, who is our direct client contact person, to help implement the plan and achieve the ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Six years after the 2007 plan, we assisted the client to evaluate how the plan was implemented and what progress have been made for different projects in Durham, based on the previous Durham GHG inventory results and the new re-inventory methodology provided by ICLEI.


[1] According to the 2012 U.S. Census Estimate of Municipality Population

Introduction of ICLEI

The Cities for Climate Protection Program (CCP) is a transnational municipal level network aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in cities around the world. Durham, as a member of the CCP, is committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the community and the local government. The ICLEI Energy Services Division was brought in to help …

2007 ICELI GHG report

According to the Durham GHG Inventory and Local Action Plan (ICLEI, 2007b), the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission sources of the City of Durham and Durham Country are categorized into six sections: buildings, vehicle fleets, streetlights & traffic signals, water & wastewater treatment facilities, waste produced through municipal operations, and public schools. Table 1 summarizes the …

Report on Measuring and Reporting Progress

The Milestone 5 Guidance: Measuring and Reporting Progress in Emissions Reduction, published by ICLEI in January 2013, introduced methods of conducting GHG emissions re-inventory and reductions measurement (i.e., to monitor and report progress of previous climate actions plan). This is the Milestone 5 in ICLEI’s Five Milestones for Climate Mitigation which was put forward before …