Thanks to Meg Fencil, Education and Outreach Program Director for Sustain Charlotte, for a great presentation at our August Monthly Meeting!
Click below for a link to the Executive Summary of the report. You really should read the entire report which is available at 2014 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sustainability Report Card.
The August 21st edition of WFAE Charlotte Talks focused on the report. You can listen to the show using the link below.
Sustain Charlotte 2014 Sustainability Report Executive Summary
Note: The national comparison grade for any given metric was based on the percent difference between the values from the most recent year for which both national and local data were available, not the percent difference between multi-year averages for national and local. We had considered calculating it by both of these methods, but ultimately decided on the “snapshot” comparison of the most recent year. This calculation method has the advantage of highlighting the most up to date progress (or lack thereof). The downside is that because it’s based on comparison of only two data points, an anomalous year could drive the national comparison grade. For example, if Charlotte has a year with unusually low ozone concentrations due to a rainy and cloudy summer, we could receive a favorable national comparison grade that doesn’t reflect the true baseline situation. As we consider how to revise the methodology for future reports, we’ll take these concerns into account to paint as clear a picture as possible of both our absolute ranking and trend over time for the metrics.
Want to hear a discussion of the report?
Charlotte’s Sustainability Report Card by WFAE
We’ve talked a lot about sustainability – the state and quality of Charlotte’s air, water, energy use and more – and whether or not Charlotte is headed for a sustainable future. But now, the non-profit Sustain Charlotte has used the power of data to compile and compare nine different categories into one study, the first of its kind. The group rates our local sustainability trends, and compares them to national trends in air quality, energy use, equality and empowerment, food, jobs and income, land use, transportation, waste and water use. So, how are we doing? The report shows we’re making progress on energy use, and the area’s water use per household is lower than the national average. But we’re lagging behind when it comes to transportation and land use. And food insecurity and childhood poverty are on the rise.
Shannon Binns – Founder and Executive Director, Sustain Charlotte
Dena Diorio – Mecklenburg County Manager
John Autry – Charlotte City Councilman and Chairman of the council’s Environment Committee
Listen to the full broadcast here.
P.S. For a top line review, check out 15 takeaways from Sustain Charlotte’s Sustainability Report Card by Ana McKenzie of Creative Loafing.