Sustainability in Boone
Town of Boone Sustainability Goals
The Town of Boone is committed to sustainability and has adopted ambitious goals to pursue climate neutrality and address climate change. On December 15th, 2016, Boone's Town Council adopted the following resolution: Clean Energy Resolution (PDF). On April 18th, 2019, Council broke the Town's sustainability goals into three time frames, focusing on town-wide and government-specific initiatives.
- Climate neutrality in municipal operations by 2030
- Transition municipal operations to 100% clean renewable energy by 2040
- Transition the entire town of Boone to 100% clean renewable energy by 2050
Read the updated resolution, Resolution to Clarify Town of Boone Goals to Combat Climate Change (PDF), here.
As of January 12th, 2022, the Town of Boone officially transitioned all municipal electricity consumption to 100% renewable energy sources. 75% of the electricity produced from the Town will now be generated from Blue Ridge Energy's newly constructed solar array. The additional 25% of the electricity produced will be generated from App State’s New River Light and Power’s program, the “Green Power Program”. The Green Power Program generates hydroelectric power, and enrollment is available for all NRLP customers.
In order to meet these goals, we need to reduce one thing; the greenhouse gases (or GHG) we produce. Another way to think of this is that we need to reduce our carbon-footprint. In the 5 Steps to Zero Carbon (PDF), we have outlined the 5 main steps the Town will be taking to reduce our carbon-footprint. While we have met part of the 2040 goal 8 years ahead of schedule, that doesn't mean we're done. In fact, we need you to help the Town of Boone reach the 2050 goal. Learn more about what the Town has done, what the Town is doing, and what the Town plans to do in the future.
Come take the Boone Community Climate Opinion Survey! This survey, which is open April 19th through May 31st, is meant to help us begin drafting our Community Climate Action Plan (learn more below).