Duke Energy can’t stop the sun

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This could be a game-changer.

Click here to support the ability for all North Carolinians to find affordable solar solutions!

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Earlier this month, state Representative John Szoka (R-Cumberland) introduced HB 245: the Energy Freedom Act. This bill would legalize third-party energy sales in North Carolina, which would allow energy users to buy their electricity directly from renewable energy companies.

But just as soon as this solar access bill was introduced, Duke Energy and its team of lobbyists took to the NC legislature with a mission to stop it dead in its tracks.

Click here to support the Energy Freedom Act to make sure Duke Energy doesn’t stand in the way of North Carolinians having the opportunity to meet their energy needs with solar power!

The Energy Freedom Act, if passed, will allow companies to offer business and residential customers long-term contracts for affordable solar energy without the up-front costs of having to purchase solar panels. The company selling the electricity would own and maintain the panels and sell affordable clean energy to customers. This is a common-sense policy that will save North Carolinians money and protect public health.

Click here to watch our video about how third party sales would benefit North Carolinians.

Only four states in the nation don’t allow business and residents this option–and we are one of them.  Rep. Szoka’s bill would give North Carolinians the freedom of energy choice that most other Americans already enjoy.

The Energy Freedom Act will reduce the need for expensive, polluting traditional power plants and infrastructure, and will help North Carolinians reduce their energy bills by allowing them to choose affordable and cleaner options like solar. Third-party sales can also provide much-needed flexibility to public institutions and the military to reduce their energy costs by allowing them to choose cheaper and more reliable energy sources.

Your voice is critical! Tell your representative to support HB 245 and stand up for consumer choice for clean energy solutions!

Thanks for all that you do.

Great America Clean Up – Charlotte Edition

Here are some fun opportunities to give back to out community and help to clean up Charlotte. If you’re interested in helping to organize a work group, contact Bill Gupton.

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Keep Charlotte Beautiful to host local cleanup events

From March 1 to May 31, Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) will participate in Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the country’s largest community improvement program.

In celebration of the Charlotte edition of the Great American Cleanup, KCB will host six local cleanup events, all of which will be held 9 a.m. to noon and will start at the following meeting locations:

  • The Greater Enderly Park Litter Cleanup
    Saturday, March 14
    Enderly Park
    1501 Enderly Road
  • Eastway-Sheffield Litter Cleanup
    Saturday, March 21
    Eastway Middle School
    1501 Norland Road
  • Ridge Road Litter Cleanup
    Saturday, April 18
    Ridge Road Middle School
    7260 Highland Creek Parkway
  • Oaklawn Park Litter Cleanup
    Saturday, April 18
    Meeting location to be determined
  • Little Sugar Creek Stream Cleanup
    Saturday, May 2
    Cordelia Park
    2100 North Davidson Street
  • Grier Heights Neighborhood Cleanup
    Saturday, May 16
    Billingsville Elementary School
    124 Skyland Avenue

Local residents who are interested in participating in the Great American Cleanup are also encouraged to organize their own event by hosting a tree planting party, adopting a local stream or city street, cleaning up a field that has become an illegal dump site, collecting recyclables on their block and more. KCB will provide trash bags, litter pickers and safety vests to groups that organize their own Great American Cleanup event.

For more information, visit kcb.charmeck.org or the organization’s Great American Cleanup webpage to register for one of the events.

Charlotte Environment Committee Meeting – March 16, 12:00

What will our Water System Master Plan look like moving forward? What goals and strategies are needed for 2016 to preserve and protect our Charlotte environment?  Why not attend the CharlotteEnvironment Committee meeting on Monday, March 16 at 12:00 p.m. in Room 280 and find out so that you can speak out?

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Charlotte ranks as 10th most dangerous for pedestrians. Learn what the City will do about it!

Attend the upcoming Charlotte Transportation & Planning Committee and learn about plans by City Staff to address this alarming statistic for the city – the 10th most dangerous City for pedestrians. Hear how serious are our elected officials are about aggressively addressing this issue. Click below to see the agenda and the presentation to be made.

Transportation & Planning Committee
Monday, November 10, 2014
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center – Room 280

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Charlotte ranks as 10th most dangerous for pedestrians
“Charlotte is ranked the 10th most dangerous city for pedestrians in the country. The study titled, Dangerous by Design, was released Tuesday (May 20, 2014) by the Smart Growth America and National Complete Streets Coalition. It shows pedestrians in the Charlotte-Concord-Gaston area are twice more likely to be struck and killed while walking, compared to other parts of the country. The report ranked 51 of the country s largest cities using information on fatalities, and pedestrian injury crashes.”
Read the full article from WCNC at http://www.wcnc.com/story/news/local/2014/07/04/11135656/

Download the Dangerous by Design Report at http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/documents/dangerous-by-design-2014/dangerous-by-design-2014.pdf

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Sustainable Commute Challenge – Win $50

Do you walk, bike, or ride transit in Charlotte? Sustain Charlotte’s Transportation Choices Alliance is giving away $50 every weekday in November to the contestant whose photo attracts the most ‘Likes’ in our Sustainable Commute Challenge! Everyone in the Charlotte region is eligible to enter: www.movecharlottesmarter.org/challenge

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The Moral Imperative to Act on Climate – Nov 13th Program

Make plans to attend this informative and inspiring program! Bring a friend and share the announcement on your Facebook. It’s time to take action!

The Moral Imperative to Act on Climate

Thursday, November 13, 3014, from 6:30pm-8pm
International House, 1817 Central Ave, Suite 215, Charlotte, NC 28205

A Charlotte Interfaith Coalition would like to invite you to join us for a panel discussion about climate change, environmental stewardship and creation care in our respective faiths. The panel will discuss the moral imperative to act.

Panelists include:
Pastor David Jordan – Providence Baptist Church
Imam Atif Chaudhry – Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte
Reverend Nancy Allison – Holy Covenant United Church of Christ
Priest Swaminath Sastrigal – Hindu Priest of Charlotte
Moderator – Susannah Tuttle – North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light

Partners and Supporters:
Being There
Mecklenburg Ministries
Charlotte Cooperation Circle
Greenpeace Charlotte
North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light
National Religious Coalition for Creation Care
Sierra Club Central Piedmont Group
United Religions Initiative
Universal Institute for Successful Aging of Carolinas

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Be there! Crucial Oct 27th Charlotte City Council Vote on Stormwater Controls

The agenda was published yesterday and the vote for THE Most Important Environmental Decision of the year is scheduled for  6:30 PM, October 27th at the Government Center, 600 E. Fourth Street, Charlotte NC (free evening parking in Fourth Street parking deck). Check out the agenda items below.

Plan to attend the meeting and bring a sign calling for VOTE NO on this weakening of our clean water protections.

If you really want to learn more about the details, you can read this article in Creative Loafing: http://clclt.com/charlotte/developers-vs-the-environment/Content?oid=3534215

But here’s what you need to do immediately:

Send a letter, email or call the Mayor and as many City Council members as you can and tell them to oppose the extension of the temporary policy that allows developers to pay a fee to avoid on-site pollution controls. This fee is called a “fee-in-lieu,” meaning the developer makes a payment “in-lieu” of doing what is needed to control on-site pollution. While the payment will theoretically be used by the City storm water department to help clean-up our streams, that’s a backwards way of approaching the problem and will harm our streams. On-site pollution controls are needed.

Here are some talking points that you can use:

  • Please oppose the extension of the “fee-in-lieu” to the Post-Construction Controls Ordinance.
  • Over 80% of our streams are impaired and not fit for human contact.
  • This is Charlotte’s most important ordinance for water quality.
  • PCCO provides on-site regulations that are needed and cannot be replaced by less effective mitigation. On-site controls offer the best method of controlling pollution.
  • PCCO was a compromise. A group of stakeholders met over several years to develop the ordinance. We can’t compromise on the compromise.
  • It’s unrealistic to believe that development is being stopped by the PCCO.
  • We should actually strengthen PCCO by requiring on-site filters.
  • This is an example of paid staff from the development community trying to wear down citizens who have limited time to stay informed and involved in complicated issues. Citizens lose faith in the government and the process when this occurs.
  • We should rename PCCO to “Charlotte Stream Protection Law” so that citizens can recognize its importance.
  • This is an opportunity for the City Council to show environmental leadership and accountability.

Scroll down to see the email and phone numbers for the Mayor and City Council members.

 

PCCO Agenda Oct 27 2014 A

PCCO Agenda Oct 27 2014 B

PCCO Agenda Oct 27 2014 C

PCCO Agenda Oct 27 2014 D

Here’s the contact information for the Mayor and City Council:

Mayor   Daniel (Dan) Clodfelter   E-mail:  mayor@charlottenc.gov   Phone:  704-336-2241

Mayor Pro Tem

Michael Barnes   Email: barnesforcharlotte@gmail.com Phone: 704-509-6141

Council At-Large:

David Howard   Email: info@davidhowardclt.com Phone: 704-336-4099

Claire Green Fallon   Email: cfallon@charlottenc.gov Phone: 704-336-6105

Vi Lyles   Email: vlyles@charlottenc.gov Phone: 704-336-3431

District Representatives:

Patsy Kinsey, District 1   Email: pkinsey@charlottenc.gov Phone: 704-336-3432 or 704-376-5367

Al Austin, District 2   Email: aaustin@charlottenc.gov Phone: 704-336-3185

LaWana Mayfield, District 3   Email:     lmayfield@charlottenc.gov Phone:   704-336-3435 (office) or 704-352-7305 (cell)

Greg Phipps, District 4   Email: gaphipps@charlottenc.gov Phone: 704-336-3436

John Autry, District 5   Email: jautry@charlottenc.gov Phone: 704-336-2777

Kenny Smith, District 6   Email: krsmith@charlottenc.gov Phone: 704-336-3433

Ed Driggs, District 7   Email:ed@eddriggs.com Phone: 704-432-7077

 

This is critically important. If we lose this battle, we’ll lose the opportunity to clean-up our polluted streams.