National Conversation on Climate Change

The Town of Chapel Hill's event last night for ICLEI's National Conversation on Climate Change was a great success! The room at the Chapel Hill Library was absolutely packed with folks of a wide variety of ages. Each speaker contributed something good to the discussion.

Dr. Anne Waple from NOAA led off and gave a compelling presentation showing the real threat of global warming.

Cindy Shea, the sustainability coordinator at UNC-Chapel Hill, spoke about initiatives ongoing there. She particularly stressed the outstanding work the university is doing to be green in new construction, and credited outgoing Chancellor James Moeser for his leadership.

Representative Verla Insko outlined the efforts of the state on improving energy efficiency in the recent legislative session.

David Bonk, the town's Long Range Transportation Coordinator, talked about the many good things Chapel Hill is doing on the environment. Some of these are spotlighted in our recently released best practices report.

I spoke about the Cool Cities program. You can read coverage from the News and Observer of the event here.

Congratulations to Mayoral Aide Carlo Robustelli and the Town of Chapel Hill for putting on a great event!

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