The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary’s Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board has set a special meeting noon April 26 to consider how heavy- to medium-duty zero-emission vehicles can benefit disadvantaged communities.
The public is invited to listen to the meeting online or by phone. Go online to attend via WebEx, use meeting number 185 426 5298 and event password, NCDEQ. To listen by phone, call 1-415-655-0003 and use access code 185 426 5298.
The board heard a presentation during its last quarterly meeting about the the Multi-State Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU, which is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, providing potential health benefits for communities with higher levels of air pollution and heavy truck traffic. Heavy- to medium-duty zero-emission vehicles include large pickup trucks, vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses and long-haul delivery trucks.
The board is expected to discuss responses to the questions posed during that MOU presentation regarding transportation needs and specific concerns of North Carolina’s underserved communities.
North Carolina joins California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington in signing the a memorandum of understanding to support the deployment of medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles through involvement in a multi-state task force.
The states will also seek to accelerate the deployment of these vehicles to benefit disadvantaged communities and explore opportunities to coordinate and partner with key stakeholders, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
The board’s 16 members were selected from across North Carolina to represent the state’s diverse cultures.