Climate Change and Clean Energy

Climate change

NC DIT is doing its part to keep Planet Earth connected and to lessen the effects of climate change by using clean energy efficiently and wisely.

Planet Earth is interconnected in many different ways, as the Department of Information Technology knows well. At NC DIT, we are doing our part to use power wisely and efficiently, and to help North Carolina, the country, and the world deal now with the major challenges climate change presents to Earth's future.

In Executive Order 80: North Carolina's Commitment to Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy, Governor Roy Cooper laid out a series of goals for the state to strive to accomplish by 2025:

  • Reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 2005 levels
  • Increase the number of registered, zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) to at least 80,000
  • Reduce energy consumption per square foot in state-owned buildings by at least 40% from fiscal year 2002-2003 levels

This year, NC DIT is replacing all overhead lights in Raleigh's Eastern Data Building with low-energy LED lamps. DIT will also install motion-detection devices which will turn off the lights when the space is not occupied. Further, all new lighting will be dimmable. NC DIT is also replacing windows in the Eastern Data Building with new energy-efficient windows.

DIT is evaluating future IT procurements and working with vendors to adapt clean-energy initiatives; DIT is also examining Department of Defense best practices to use in designing new statewide energy-saving IT solutions.

Finally, DIT is engaging staff to use best practices for energy conservation, including an energy savings contest for employees.

For more information on Executive Order No. 80 and its impact on state agencies, go to the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality website.