NC Climate Change Interagency Council

NC Climate Change Interagency Council

On October 29, 2018, Governor Cooper established the North Carolina Climate Change Interagency Council as part of Executive Order No. 80 North Carolina's Commitment To Address Climate Change And Transition To A Clean Energy Economy:

The Secretary or designee of each cabinet agency and a representative from the Governor's Office shall serve on the North Carolina Climate Change Interagency Council ("Council"), which is hereby established. The Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, or the Secretary's designee, shall serve as the Council Chair. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality shall lead the Council by providing strategic direction, scheduling and planning Council meetings, determining the prioritization of activities, facilitating stakeholder engagement, and assisting in the implementation of pathways to achieve the goals provided in Section 1 of this Executive Order.

The duties of the Council shall include the following:

   a.    Recommend new and updated goals and actions to meaningfully address climate change;
   b.    Develop, implement, and evaluate programs and activities that support statewide climate mitigation and adaptation practices;
   c.    Establish workgroups, as appropriate, to assist the Council in its duties;

   d.    Consider stakeholder input when developing recommendations, programs, and other actions and activities;

   e.    Schedule, monitor, and provide input on the preparation and development of the plans and assessments required by this Executive Order;

   f.    Review and submit to the Governor the plans and assessments required by this Executive Order.

Council Members


Public Comment Opportunities on EO80 initiatives:

Commerce Workforce Assessment draft: Public comment period is open through Monday, August 26. 

Clean Energy Plan draft: Public comment period is open through Monday, September 9.

Zero Emission Vehicle Plan draft: Public comment period is open through Friday, September 6.


Future Council Meeting Schedule

Future Council Meeting Schedule

Next Meeting:

5th Meeting September 27, 2019 Raleigh

Future Meetings:

6th Meeting November 2019

July 16 Meeting

July 16 Meeting

July 19, 2019

1:30 – 4:00 PM Tuesday, July 16, 2019
McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
750 Marguerite Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106



Facebook Live video of July 16 Meeting


April 26 Meeting

April 26 Meeting

Friday, April 26, 2019
9:00 am -12:30pm
NC State Archives Building Auditorium 
109 E Jones St
Raleigh, NC 27601



Meeting Video


Second Council Meeting Feb.19, 2019

Second Council Meeting Feb.19, 2019

February 19, 2019 
10:00 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
Museum of the Albemarle 
501 South Water Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Location Info Sheet

Agenda       Presentations


Inaugural Meeting, Dec. 19, 2018

"Each of us has a role to play and we've got to collaborate like never before to protect our communities." -Gov. Roy Cooper 

Agenda      Meeting Presentation

Governor Cooper addressed the cabinet secretaries and their designees in the first meeting of the Climate Change Interagency Council on December 19, 2018, in the William G. Ross Environmental Conference Center in Raleigh.  Each agency presented an overview of their plan to reach the goals set out by Executive Order 80.  Council Chair, Secretary Michael S. Regan said, "North Carolina will only remain competitive in a global economy with innovation and investment in a more resilient state that rebuilds both stronger and smarter."

Dec 19 Meeting Video


For additional information, please contact:
Sharon Martin
Public Information Officer

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