OPEI Newsletter Governor Cooper 8/1/22

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Governor’s School Supply Drive Kicks Off to Support Students, Teachers and Public Schools Across State

State Employees' Credit Union and Communities In Schools Once Again Join to Support School Supply Drive

Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced the beginning of the Governor’s School Supply Drive and encouraged people to donate school supplies for public school students and teachers across the state. On average, teachers in North Carolina spend over $500 of their own money on supplies for their classrooms each year.  


“While you’re out shopping, consider buying some extra school supplies to donate,” Governor Cooper said. “Our teachers work so hard, and they shouldn’t have to dip into their pockets to cover the cost of classroom supplies that their students need.”


The Governor’s School Supply Drive will run from August 1 to August 31, 2022. As in past years, the State Employees' Credit Union (SECU) and Communities In Schools of North Carolina are partnering to collect and deliver the school supplies.


“We are happy to assist with this important effort to support North Carolina teachers and students through the collection of much-needed classroom supplies,” said Jim Hayes, SECU president and CEO. “Not only does our presence in all 100 counties makes us a natural fit to serve as donation sites, the supply drive is a great demonstration of our credit union philosophy of ‘People Helping People.’”


“Imagine returning to school without the supplies you need to engage in learning,” said Jill Cox, President and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina. “Everyone can help ensure no student faces this challenge by participating in the Governor’s school supply drive and dropping off a few items, including items our teachers need like copy paper. Together, we can ensure NC students start the school year on the right foot.” 


Requested supplies include:


  • Paper – all types, including copy paper
  • Pens and pencils
  • Crayons and markers
  • Dry erase markers
  • USB flash drives
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Tissues


Donation bins will be available in all State Employees’ Credit Union locations statewide. North Carolina residents can participate by dropping off supplies at a SECU location or by organizing a drive at their own workplace.


At the end of the drive, volunteers with Communities In Schools of North Carolina and VolunteerNC and Governor Cooper’s cabinet members will help distribute the supplies to classrooms across the state.


Governor Cooper’s School Supply Drive is offered in partnership between the North Carolina Governor’s Office, State Employees’ Credit Union, Communities In Schools of North Carolina, TeachNC, North Carolina Business Committee for Education, the North Carolina PTA and VolunteerNC (the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service).


Governor Cooper Welcomes Vice President Kamala Harris To NC

On Thursday, July 21, Governor Cooper joined a roundtable event with Vice President Kamala Harris and other leaders to discuss the fight to protect reproductive rights. Governor Cooper stated that "we’re going to hold the line to protect women’s health and we’re fortunate that the White House is standing with us in this fight." 

Watch the roundtable discussion below.


$23M in Grants Awarded to Expand N.C. Internet Access in 12 Counties

Grants to connect thousands more families to high-speed internet are part of Governor Cooper’s plan to close the digital divide

Nearly 7,000 households and 374 businesses in 12 N.C. counties are set to receive high-speed internet thanks to more than $23.4 million in grants, Governor Roy Cooper announced. The N.C. Department of Information Technology’s (NCDIT) Broadband Infrastructure Office has awarded Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) grants to expand broadband infrastructure in the following counties:


  • Alexander County: Yadkin Valley TMC (Yadtel | Zirrus)
  • Avery County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC
  • Bertie County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC
  • Chowan County: ATMC (Focus Broadband)
  • Clay County: Blue Ridge Mountain EMC
  • Cleveland County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC
  • Davidson County: Yadkin Valley TMC (Yadtel | Zirrus)
  • Gaston County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC
  • Hyde County: Connect Holding II LLC (Brightspeed)
  • Lincoln County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC
  • New Hanover County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC
  • Stanly County: Windstream North Carolina, LLC


"Reliable and affordable high-speed internet is a necessity for all North Carolinians to work, learn, connect and access online health care,” Governor Cooper said. “These GREAT grants awards will help thousands more North Carolina families and businesses across the state access high-speed internet and the opportunities it brings.”


The grants are part of Governor Cooper’s plan to invest nearly $2 billion in federal and state funds to close the digital divide in North Carolina. The GREAT program provides matching grants to internet service providers and electric membership cooperatives that partner with individual N.C. counties to compete for funding to expand high-speed internet service to unserved areas of the state. 


“These awards signify the state’s commitment to partnering with internet service providers and counties to ensure North Carolina homes and businesses can participate in the digital economy,” said NCDIT Secretary and State Chief Information Officer James Weaver. “We are awarding GREAT grants on a rolling basis throughout July and August to expedite the distribution of all these critical funds.” 


NCDIT received 305 applications for this $350 million round of GREAT grants, and internet service providers submitted proposals for projects that would serve more than 487,000 N.C. homes and businesses. To be eligible for a grant, all internet service provider applicants must participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible low-income households a $30 per month discount on high-speed internet service, or provide access to a comparable low-cost program. Learn more about the ACP and how to get $30 per month reliable, high-speed internet packages offered by internet service providers at getinternet.gov


Applications are scored based on the number of households and businesses they propose to serve, the average cost to serve those locations and the speeds offered. Applicants must agree to provide high-speed service, defined as a minimum of 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 20 Mbps upload, scalable to 100 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload on or before Dec. 31, 2026. All awards are contingent on final executed grant agreements with these broadband provider partners. 


For more information about the NCDIT Division of Broadband and Digital Equity, please visit https://www.ncbroadband.gov/.


Governor Cooper Reminds North Carolinians to Stay Prepared for COVID-19 Waves; More Transmissible BA.5 Variant Now Leads Cases

As key COVID-19 metrics increase in North Carolina and the U.S. due to the BA.5 variant, Governor Roy Cooper is reminding North Carolinians to stay prepared by being up to date on vaccines and boosters, having a supply of tests and seeking treatment if they test positive.


Consistent with trends seen in data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, BA.5 is now the most common variant, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled 41 of North Carolina’s counties as high COVID-19 Community levels. This variant is causing repeat infections, even in those who have recent past infections from other variants, and infections in people who are vaccinated. Vaccines remain highly effective in preventing severe outcomes including hospitalization and death from COVID-19.


“While Covid variants continue to infect people, we have the tools to protect ourselves from the most serious effects of this virus,” Gov. Cooper said. “Get vaccinated and boosted, wear a mask indoors in crowds if you believe you need better protection and if you become infected, talk with a health professional quickly about effective treatments like Paxlovid. Cases are on the rise with this latest BA.5 variant so I encourage all North Carolinians to know their risk and take steps to protect themselves.”


While COVID-19 metrics will continue to rise and fall, it remains important to prepare and protect yourself. Getting vaccinated and boosted — including a second booster if you are eligible — is still the most effective tool to reduce the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19, as well as long COVID. Get prepared by:


  • Getting your booster (Spanish) if you haven’t yet and by getting your second booster if you’re eligible.
  • Having a supply of at-home tests on hand. Stop the spread by testing more often and taking precautions if you are positive.
  • Free at-home tests are available from the federal government and community sites and your insurance will cover eight free at-home tests per person per month. Find other testing locations and ways to receive at home tests at covid19.ncdhhs.gov/FindTests (Spanish).
  • Having a plan on how to seek treatment if you test positive. Find out now where treatment options are near you: covid19.ncdhhs.gov/FindTreatment (Spanish).
  • Adding a layer of protection by wearing a mask in crowded indoor settings or if you are at high risk for serious COVID-19 complications.
  • Increasing the ventilation of indoor spaces by opening windows.


NCDHHS has made access to at-home tests more convenient by establishing Community Access Points in all counties, where people can pick up free at-home tests. Current information on how and where to find tests, including CAPs, in North Carolina is available at covid19.ncdhhs.gov/FindTests.


If you do test positive for COVID-19, treatment is available, especially for high-risk people who are likely to get very sick. Antiviral pills like Paxlovid and Molnupiravir should be taken within five days of symptoms beginning. The monoclonal antibody bebtelovimab is less effective against this variant, and the supply is limited. These treatments must be prescribed by a medical professional. More information on treatment, including Test to Treat locations, is available on the NCDHHS website.


“North Carolinians know how to batten down the hatches and get prepared when hurricanes approach. When COVID-19 case counts are rising, it’s especially important to protect yourself,” said NCDHHS Secretary Kody H. Kinsley. “We know what to do now. It’s time to make sure you are boosted, make sure you have tests on-hand at home and make sure you know where treatment options are near your home.”


For more information on COVID-19 trends in the state, visit covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.


North Carolina and United Kingdom Sign Agreement to Strengthen Economic Ties and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Minister for International Trade Penny Mordaunt have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation and Trade Relations to strengthen economic ties and transition to a clean energy economy.


“With this memorandum, we will deepen economic and cultural ties with the United Kingdom to create new opportunities for trade and economic development as we transition to a clean energy economy,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “This collaboration reflects our commitment to tackling climate change, deploying clean energy technologies, creating jobs and promoting environmental justice.”


“Our state-level work shows we can be dynamic and creative with our trade partners. Whilst we continue engaging with Washington D.C., we’re speaking to businesses and political leaders right across America – from North Carolina to California – to grow our already £200bn trade relationship,” Penny Mordaunt, Minister of State for International Trade said. “North Carolina is home to some of the US’ most exciting companies – from Honeywell to Labcorp – and was recently named America’s top state for business. Our twin-track approach to trade with the US is helping cut bureaucracy, reduce costs and increase exports and investment, and I look forward to seeing UK businesses reap the benefits. The UK is continuing to seek out ways to remove barriers to trade at a state-level as part of a wider US trade strategy. We plan to sign additional agreements with Oklahoma and South Carolina in the coming months, with even more in the pipeline. The UK has also delivered major trade breakthroughs at the federal level. This includes removing restrictions preventing high-quality Welsh lamb and Scottish beef from being sold in the US and resolving the Section 232 tariff dispute, resulting in the removal of 25% tariffs on British steel, a huge win for UK steelmakers.”


“On behalf of our network of chapters and members across the UK and USA, BritishAmerican Business is pleased to see the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on trade and investment between the United Kingdom and the state of North Carolina,” Duncan Edwards CEO BritishAmerican Business said. “The UK and USA have an outstanding trade and investment relationship but there is always more that can be done to make it better. Agreements such as this are helpful in creating ways for businesses from both markets to fully understand the opportunities available to them as they plan their expansion across the Atlantic.”


“This agreement recognizes our longstanding relationship with the United Kingdom,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “It further underscores and aligns our shared commitment to advancing economic opportunities within the clean energy industry, including offshore wind.”


North Carolina and the United Kingdom aim to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible, accelerate the development of clean energy industries, increase economic opportunities for citizens and residents, promote equity and environmental justice, and prioritize opportunities in government procurement processes.


To reach these goals, North Carolina and the United Kingdom intend to share information and best practices, conduct missions with government officials, facilitate partnerships among private-sector companies, connect institutions of higher education, collaborate on events, and explore opportunities to increase investment in key sectors.


The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be implemented through a working group with participants from North Carolina and the United Kingdom.


This morning, North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Machelle Baker Sanders presented the MOU from the Governor to United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Secretary for International Trade in a signing ceremony in London. While in London, Secretary Sanders also has represented the State at the Farnborough International Airshow and various economic development meetings.

View the Memorandum of Understanding.


Governor Cooper Issues Executive Order to Improve Resilience of State Buildings Against Flooding

On July 25, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 266 to improve the resilience of state buildings against flooding. The Order directs the North Carolina Department of Administration (NC DOA) to work with stakeholders to update the state’s Uniform Floodplain Management Policy.


“Using foresight and data to protect public buildings and other structures from flood damage is smart and responsible,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “Climate change is causing more intense storms and flooding so this update on floodplain management and construction requirements will save taxpayer money, protect structures and keep workers safer.”


The state’s floodplain management policy sets construction standards for state-owned buildings located in the floodplain. The policy was last updated in 1990 by then-Governor James Martin.


Executive Order No. 266 directs NC DOA to update building requirements for new state construction located in a floodplain and to develop requirements for new state buildings located outside of a floodplain that are at risk of flooding.


NC DOA will develop the updated policy over the next eighteen months with input from state agencies and interested stakeholders. The updated policy will seek to mitigate risks for state construction, minimize flood damage considering the impacts of sea level rise and climate change, and support the benefits of natural infrastructure in managing flood risk. In addition, NC DOA will evaluate the impacts of applying the policy’s requirements to state-funded building projects and expand application of the policy to state-funded projects where feasible.


The Executive Order builds on the Governor’s previous actions to improve the resilience of North Carolina’s communities. Leading climate scientists released the North Carolina Climate Science Report in 2020, which describes the current and projected impacts of climate change in North Carolina.


In October 2018, Governor Cooper established the NC Climate Change Interagency Council through Executive Order No. 80. In 2020, the council released the NC Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan, which recommends measures to improve resilience in communities and government in North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, in partnership with other state agencies and stakeholders, released the NC Natural and Working Lands Action Plan in 2020, which recommends strategies for building ecosystem and community resilience, sequestering carbon dioxide, and providing environmental benefits that enhance our economy. 


The North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality established the N.C. Resilient Communities Program to help North Carolina communities build resilience to the impacts of climate change and reduce damages from future disasters such as hurricanes, flooding and wildfires. These agencies are boosting local resilience by providing expertise, technical support, and funding to communities as they develop resilience strategic plans, prioritize local resilience projects, and design and construct priority projects.


Read the Executive Order.


State Announces Record $789.4M for Drinking Water and Wastewater Project Funding Statewide

Unprecedented 385 projects for 225 NC Applicants

On Wednesday, July 27, Governor Roy Cooper announced that communities statewide will receive a record $789.4 million in water and wastewater infrastructure funding to help pay for 385 projects statewide, including 140 construction projects.


“Clean drinking water is necessary for healthy families and thriving communities and businesses," said Governor Roy Cooper. "The historic level of investment provided by the American Rescue Plan will help increase resiliency, support economic growth in our state and improve access to clean water in the communities that need it most.”


Five projects will provide water connections in underserved or disadvantaged communities:   


  • Sampson County will receive $13,283,000 to provide water system connections for the community of Ivanhoe.
  • Nash County will receive $12,775,170 to extend waterlines to connect Nash County Area II and Northern Nash water systems.
  • Greenevers, in Duplin County, will receive $1,300,466 to install waterlines for 63 new connections in underserved areas.
  • Edgecombe County will receive $1,126,850 to install waterlines and 20 new services to disadvantaged areas.
  • McDowell County will receive $815,437 to extend waterlines to a potentially underserved block group.


Other notable projects include:


  • Andrews, in Cherokee County, will receive $13,798,000 for drinking water line replacements and wastewater treatment plant upgrades.
  • Fairmont, in Robeson County, will receive $15,000,000 for wastewater collection system rehabilitation.
  • Cliffside Sanitary District, in Rutherford County, will receive $2,861,966 for wastewater system repairs and treatment plant retrofits.
  • Edenton, in Chowan County, will receive $4,854,725 for two new water wells and to conduct Asset Inventory and Assessments.
  • Sanford, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs, in Lee and Wake Counties, are jointly receiving $55,000,000 for a regional project involving expansion of Sanford's water filtration facility.
  • Lake Lure, in Rutherford County, will receive $200,000 to conduct an asset inventory assessment of their sanitary sewer system, which is located beneath the lake.
  • Ocracoke Sanitary District, in Hyde County, will receive $5,753,000 for a water tank replacement and asset inventory and assessment of their drinking water system.
  • Littleton, in Halifax County, will receive $2,276,500 for wastewater treatment plant improvements and pump station rehabilitation.


The Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Infrastructure received more than 700 applications from 94 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, requesting more than $3.1 billion. This funding round included the first awards of American Rescue Plan Act water and wastewater funding on the state level, as well as $174,846,696 in funds that were appropriated in the 2022-23 state budget, signed by Governor Cooper on July 11, 2022. 


“These funds will replace aging infrastructure and help utilities remain viable, which benefits the health and economic well-being of communities across our state,” said DEQ Secretary Elizabeth S. Biser.


A list of all projects funded statewide by town or county is available online. The Division of Water Infrastructure website features a map illustrating the statewide distribution of funded projects in the Spring 2022 funding round.


The State Water Infrastructure Authority approved the awards during the July 14 meeting. Funding this round also came from the Viable Utility Reserve and the Drinking Water and Wastewater State Reserves, funded from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated to the State, and the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds. Projects funded from the Viable Utility Reserve are conditional upon approval by the Local Government Commission.


The Authority is an independent body with primary responsibility for awarding federal and state funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Other responsibilities include developing a state water infrastructure master plan, recommending ways to maximize the use of available loan and grant funding resources, and examining best and emerging practices. 


The application period for the next round of funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects, which will include the first ARPA stormwater funding, ends on Sept. 30 at 5:00 p.m. The application training schedule is available at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-infrastructure/i-need-funding.


Governor Cooper Announces Peter Ledford to Serve as North Carolina Clean Energy Director

On Wednesday, July 27, Governor Roy Cooper announced that Peter Holderness Ledford will serve as North Carolina Clean Energy Director. In this position, Ledford will further the state’s goals laid out in Executive Order 246, including achieving carbon neutrality, pursuing environmental justice for communities disproportionately impacted by pollution and creating economic opportunities in the clean energy sector. 


“Peter Ledford has the years of experience, knowledge and dedication needed to help North Carolina as we move toward a clean energy economy,” Governor Cooper said. “I’m grateful he’s willing to continue serving our state in this important position.”


“I’m deeply honored to be selected by Governor Cooper to be North Carolina's next Clean Energy Director. I’m ready to put my experience working at the NC General Assembly and practicing before NC Utilities Commission, and my relationships with stakeholders and the clean energy industry to work, so we can make more progress on the important issues of clean energy, reducing carbon emissions, and the associated economic benefits for all North Carolinians," said Ledford.


Peter Ledford currently serves as General Counsel and Director of Policy at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association where he has served in various capacities since 2014. Prior to his work at NCSEA, Ledford worked in the Research Division of the North Carolina General Assembly as a staff attorney and legislative analyst. He has also worked in varying legal capacities, including as a Fellowship Attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center. Ledford is a member of the Board of Directors for the Advanced Energy Corporation and a recipient of Energy News Network’s 40 Under 40 list.  


Ledford graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Geography and from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 2011.


Ledford succeeds Dionne Delli-Gatti as North Carolina Clean Energy Director. In this role, Delli-Gatti was a lead negotiator for House Bill 951, putting carbon reduction requirements for utilities into state law, and helped craft Executive Order 246, which required a government and stakeholder-driven Clean Transportation Plan, set administration goals for environmental justice and continued North Carolina’s transition to a clean energy economy. Delli-Gatti returned to a senior role at the Environmental Defense Fund earlier this year.



VolunteerNC Announces $11.5 Million in AmeriCorps Grants to 21 North Carolina Organizations

Opportunities Available to Serve Your Community, Earn Money to Pay for College or Student Loans

On July 25, VolunteerNC, an agency within the Office of the Governor, announced that North Carolina has received $11.5 million in funding from AmeriCorps to support nearly 700 AmeriCorps members to serve with 21 organizations across the state.


“Every day in our state AmeriCorps members play a critical role tutoring students, fighting hunger, protecting our environment and more,” Governor Cooper said. “Their dedication to serving others makes our state stronger and better.”


AmeriCorps is a federally funded national service program. Service opportunities in North Carolina include mentoring children, providing health services, restoring the environment, increasing economic opportunities, helping communities recover from disaster, fighting the opioid epidemic, connecting veterans with jobs, recruiting and managing volunteers and more. Last year more than 4,000 AmeriCorps members served in North Carolina.


"AmeriCorps North Carolina programs and their members continue to strengthen our communities and improve the lives of our residents,” said Briles Johnson, Executive Director of VolunteerNC. “We’re grateful to our new and existing programs and their members for their lasting impact in every region of our state.”


AmeriCorps will provide over $3 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for all AmeriCorps members funded by these grants in North Carolina. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of approximately $6,500 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off student loans.


Three North Carolina organizations have been awarded funds from a new Public Health AmeriCorps initiative, a partnership between AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This initiative supports the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders. Public Health AmeriCorps will help meet public health needs of local communities by providing surge capacity and support while creating pathways to public health careers.


"AmeriCorps is a perfect opportunity for people trying to figure out their personal and professional goals. They make it easy to find a host site and service opportunities that pertain to your specific interests,” said AmeriCorps member, Abby Cates, serving at the NC Zoo with Resilience Corps NC. “I love that I can be outside in nature most days and feel that I am making a difference with my various research and conservation work. I have always felt a strong connection to nature and this role allows me to both appreciate and protect what I cherish most."


Every year, 75,000 AmeriCorps members serve across the nation in more than 21,000 schools, nonprofits, and community organizations. Many AmeriCorps programs in North Carolina are actively recruiting members to serve during the 2022-2023 service year. Service activities and qualifications are determined by the specific program. AmeriCorps service opportunities are available statewide, and members can serve in a full-time or part-time capacity. Benefits often include a living allowance, health care, various professional development opportunities and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of service.


To find out more about AmeriCorps opportunities, please visit the VolunteerNC website.


View the different AmeriCorps programs in North Carolina.


North Carolina is Aging. Will We be Prepared?


Our population is aging. Approximately 1.7 million North Carolinians are age 65 or older and that number is growing. By 2030, fully one in five will be older than 65 and for the first time ever, North Carolina will be comprised more of older adults than children.


Our state’s aging population has become a cause for concern, as the nature of urban and rural development, daily living, work, leisure and retirement are expected to change in order to keep up.


In addition to our growing metro areas, North Carolina is a rural state, with 80 of our 100 counties being outside major metropolitan areas. Approximately 2.2 million people call rural North Carolina home.


What is Age My Way NC?


Age My Way NC is a collaborative effort between the State of North Carolina and AARP NC to help identify priorities for making our neighborhoods, towns, cities, and rural areas great places for people of all ages.


Age My Way NC is surveying people 45 plus all across the state to identify priorities such as safe and walkable streets; age-friendly housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in community life.


The North Carolina Office of Governor Roy Cooper invites you to join a virtual public information session on the North Carolina Deep Decarbonization Pathways Analysis on Thursday, August 11th from 6 to 7:30 pm eastern. This online webinar is free to attend and everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate! 


  • Background: In January 2022 Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 246 to further North Carolina’s transformation to a clean, equitable economy that creates jobs and economic growth throughout the state. The order directs several new initiatives, including the development of a Deep Decarbonization Pathways Analysis (“Pathways Analysis”) to better understand viable pathways to achieve net-zero GHG emissions across North Carolina’s economy by 2050 and interim targets. The project will analyze various pathways- looking at a variety of factors ranging from technology trends to population growth- to help policymakers and stakeholders understand the biggest opportunities to reduce emissions and sequester carbon, as well as further explore the tradeoffs between different emissions reduction strategies. 
  • What to Expect: State officials will provide more information about the Pathways Analysis, including details about specific goals, project scope, timeline, draft modeling assumptions and coordination with other relevant state initiatives. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.  
  • Registration is Required:  If you would like to participate in this virtual event, please register HERE.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  Please spread the word and forward this information to others in your network who may be interested in the North Carolina Deep Decarbonization Pathways Analysis!











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