Climate Resilience

Climate resilience can be described as the ability to prepare, and respond to hazardous events caused by the climate. Climate resilience progression involves assessing the future effects that climate change will have on the local populations and what steps need to be taken to best cope with these risks. Climate Resilience is often associated with increase in frequency and intensity of major weather events like hurricanes, floods, or wildfires. As greenhouse gasses continue to increase, these devastating natural forces will continue to worsen. However, well thought out resiliency planning can help mitigate the damages to vulnerable areas.


This section shows both big and small climate resiliency efforts along Highway 64. Whether it is gathering a list of amazing local farmer’s markets for your road trip or watching expert interviews on climate resiliency, the Climate Resilience page is the place to be for anything you would want to know! Check out the different sections for more information!

Climate Resilience Through Executive Order 80

On October 29, 2018, Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 80 titled, “North Carolina’s Commitment to Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy.” In this order, governor Cooper laid out a series of goals for the state to accomplish by 2025. The first goal is to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 2005 levels. The next goal is to increase the number of registered, zero emissions vehicles to at least 80,000. The last goal is to reduce energy consumption per square foot in state owned buildings by at least 40% from fiscal year 2002-2003 levels. The Climate Change Interagency Council was created to help the cabinet agencies work together to achieve these goals. Read the full Executive Order 80 here.