New EPA rules on carbon will benefit economy

Thanks to Joel Olsen, president at Cornelius-based O2energies Inc., for speaking out in the Charlotte Business Journal opinion – New EPA rules on carbon will benefit economy!

Won’t you stand with Joel and others from across the state and speak out tomorrow, September 9th, at the Charlotte Citizen’s Climate Hearing (see flyer below for more information)?

Citizen’s Climate Hearing
September 9th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Myers Park Baptist Church
Heaton Hall
1900 Queens Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207

Free Solar Tours preceding the hearing – 5:00 and 5:30 PM

Hearing Format
•    Please limit oral comments to 3 minutes (typically 400 – 450 words)
•    Please bring a copy of prepared comments for the court reporter (optional)
•    Written comments may be of any length and submitted without public speaking

 

New EPA rules on carbon will benefit economy

VIEWPOINT – Sept 5, 2014
Joel Olsen

With the recent announcement of new federal rules to reduce carbon dioxide, market opportunities will open for clean energy, which is good news for North Carolina.

Our already booming solar industry ranks second in the nation for utility-scale capacity. Our state hosts more than 18,000 full-time jobs in the clean-energy sector.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s rules create an opportunity for renewable-energy and energy-efficiency businesses, as well as natural gas and nuclear, to play an increasingly important role in the transition to a low-carbon future.

The EPA rules also will help level the playing field both nationally and on the global stage where U.S. industry must compete.

Take our automobile industry as an example. When lax domestic regulations allowed automakers to produce cars with lower fuel efficiency in the U.S. market, they quickly found that those cars could not be sold in foreign markets with higher fuel-efficiency standards. Instead of boosting efficiency, the U.S. auto industry lost market share, jobs and investor confidence as it tried to protect itself from being held to the regulatory requirements of its global competitors.

The new rules set national standards to reduce emissions from the generation of electricity, the largest source of carbon in the country. These stricter requirements will promote innovation, investment and jobs in America for clean-energy business while reducing emissions that cause pollution and global warming.

For O2energies, a developer and owner of solar farms in the Southeast, the new rules provide a clear market signal to our investors, suppliers and contractors that they should invest in projects, manufacture products and add jobs.

Thanks again Joel!

 

Charlotte Citizens Climate Hearing

2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report

At our August meeting we had a great presentation about the Sustain Charlotte 2014 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sustainability Report Card – “What would your parents say if you brought home this report card?”

Our September meeting on Wednesday the 24th will feature Heidi Pruess, Environmental Policy Administrator for Mecklenburg County’s Land Use and Environmental Services Agency, as she provides an Update on the Mecklenburg County Livability Plan (Click link for meeting information).

If you haven’t had a chance to review the 2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report, I highly recommend that you do so before the meeting. You can also click the link – Listen – to hear a discussion of the report from a WFAE Charlotte Talks show.

See you on the 24th for our monthly meeting!

 

WFAE Charlotte Talks: “Mecklenburg County Environmental Report Card” (from March 25, 2014)

Every two years Mecklenburg County does an environmental assessment and delivers an environmental report card of sorts. The report card for the last two years has just been released and we’ll meet with two officials to see how our region fared in Air, Land, Water and Waste use and efficiency. In most aspects the county has fared well but the recession did have an impact in some areas. We’ll find out which ones, what aspects of our environment passed with flying colors and what has room for improvement. We check the county’s environmental grade.

Guests
Heidi Pruess
– Community Plan and Sustainability Officer for Mecklenburg County
Jeff Michael – Director, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report

The State of the Environment Report (SOER) has been used as an informative tool for understanding the current environmental state of our region while identifying strategies and recommendations to maintain and enhance our quality of life by ensuring clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and healthy land on which to live and recreate.

This 2014 SOER expands on the traditional identification of priority environmental indicators in Mecklenburg County by providing a trend analysis for each environmental indicator during recent history. Each SOER chapter button below provides a list of recommended actions for addressing these priority environmental indicators as well as informative and fun videos.

Visit Air Quality's Chapter Page Visit Land's Chapter Page
Visit Water's Chapter Page Visit Waste's Chapter Page

Environmental Indicators
Environmental Indicators can be found through the chapter buttons above or via the table below. This website will be updated as either the indicator trend changes or as new information becomes available.

Environmental Indicators Key

 Air indicator
Overall Air Quality
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Ozone
indicator
Particulate Matter
indicator
NOx, SO2, CO, Lead
 Land indicator
Climate Change and Wildlife
indicator
Nature Preserves
indicator
Greenways
indicator
Facility Planning
 Waste indicator
Commercial Waste
indicator
Yard Waste
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Residential Waste
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Household Hazardous Waste 
 Water indicator
Groundwater
indicator
Lakes
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Public Involvement 
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If you are interested in exploring trends back to 1987, you are encouraged to read the 2008 SOER. If you are interested in learning more about how Mecklenburg County’s State of the Environment reflects on our region, you are encouraged to read the 2010 SOER or the 2012 SOER.

Mecklenburg County is fortunate to have County staff with both the technical expertise and practical knowledge to produce the information contained in this 2014 edition of the State of the Environment Report. Please join me in thanking them for their determination and skill in producing this exceptional report!

Additional information at http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/LUESA/SOER/Pages/default.aspx.

 

 

CPG Sierra Club Urges County to Ban Smoking in Parks and Greenways

On behalf of our over 2,000 members, the Central Piedmont Group Executive Committee has voted to support the proposed ban on smoking on the property of all government buildings and to ban all tobacco use at county parks, greenways and golf courses. We urge our members and supporters to contact their elected County Commissioners (http://charlottesierraclub.org/political-2/mecklenburg-board-of-county-commissioners/) regarding the ban.

Below is the letter sent to our Mecklenburg County Commissioners.

Meck Smoking

2nd Charlotte Bus to New York City – Limited Seats, Sign Up Today!

I’m pleased to announce that we have secured funding for a second bus from Charlotte to New York City for the Sept 21 People’s Climate March!!!!! This brings the number of confirmed PCM North Carolina buses to 7!

There are a limited numbers of seats and we expect the bus to fill up fast. Reserve your seat at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/charlotte-bus-to-nyc-peoples-climate-march-2nd-bus-tickets-12941459253.

 

Charlotte to New York City for the People’s Climate March – 2nd Bus

Tentative Timetable
Exact times and locations are being finalized and will be announced shortly.

Saturday, Sept 20 – Location TBD. Sign in at 7:30 PM. Bus pulls out at 8:00 PM sharp!

Sunday, Sept 21 – Stop along New Jersey Turnpike for breakfast. Drop off in NYC at 9:00 AM.
Participate in March (11:30 – 3:30, approximate times). Pick up in same location (Time TBD).

Monday, Sept 22 – Arrive Charlotte approximately 4:00 AM (same location)

Cost (Round trip)
General ticket – $25 + $2.37 Eventbrite fee

Register Today – Only 55 total seats available!
Please register by Monday, Sept 8th, to assure your seat!

Yes!, I want to Get On The Bus

For more information contact: Bill Gupton at wmgupton@aol.com

2nd Charlotte Bus Flyer2nd Bus PCM Charlotte to NYC

Calling All Charlotte Clergy, Lay Leaders, and Congregants – Speak Out on Climate Change Sept 9th

“We have a moral obligation to future generations to leave our land, water and wildlife better than we found it.”

~ Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

from Dealing with Climate Change: A Moral Obligation

We need your voice on September 9th at Myers Park Baptist Church for a Citizen’s Climate Hearing on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan is a historic measure calling for strong carbon pollution reductions to combat the worst effects of climate disruption. Now in the public comment period, the EPA needs to hear from concerned citizens that want strong protections from carbon pollution. This is a critical moment for North Carolinians to make sure our voice is heard. Citizens from across NC will gather at Myers Park Baptist Church to give oral testimony, which will be recorded and submitted as official comments to the EPA. Join us as we call on the EPA to take swift and strong action on climate for North Carolina.

What can you do?

As a Charlotte clergy – Plan to attend and speak! Ask other clergy to join you. Post the flyer and/or an announcement on your website and on your calendar. Include an announcement in your e-updates. Mention the hearing at your Sabbath service this coming weekend and encourage your congregants to join you. Spread the word!

As a Lay Leader – Plan to attend and speak! Ask other lay leaders to join you. Make sure that there are hearing announcements on your website, calendar, etc.  Spread the word through your networks of friends and on social media.

As a Charlotte Congregant – Plan to attend and speak! Ask other congregants to join you.  Spread the word through your networks of friends and on social media. Commit to bringing 3 friends with you.

Charlotte Interfaith Call for Action on Climate Change

Free Solar Tours Preceding the Hearing – 5:00 and 5:30 PM

Citizen’s Climate Hearing
September 9th
Myers Park Baptist Church
Heaton Hall
1900 Queens Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207
6:00-8:00 PM

 
Format
• Please limit oral comments to 3 minutes (typically 400 – 450 words)
• Please bring a copy of prepared comments for the court reporter (optional)
• Written comments may be of any length and submitted without public speaking

For more information, contact Renee Reese sierraclub.centpiedpublicity@gmail.com.

See also our Facebook Charlotte Citizens’ Climate Hearinghttps://www.facebook.com/events/845313815488006/

Interfaith Citizens Hearing 3Charlotte Interfaith Call for Action on Climate Change

Sept 4 – “Understanding the Climate Change Problems and Seeking Solutions”

Make plans to join us this Thursday, September 4th, at the University City Regional Library (Map) for an important program – “Understanding the Climate Change Problems and Seeking Solutions“. Dr. J. Jason West of UNC Chapel Hill will speak at 6:00 PM about one of the most pressing issues moral issues of this generation. Come out and learn more so that you can do more to protect the planet.

This program will be an excellent primer for the Charlotte Citizens’ Climate Hearing on Tues, Sept 9 and to help people develop oral or written comments for the proposed EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

See you there!

Sept 4 Climate Change Program Flyer

 

Happy 70th, 50th, 40th, 30th Birthday Party

At our August monthly meeting last night we had a Happy 70th, 50th, 40th, 30th Birthday Party! What you ask is a 70th, 50th, 40th, 30th Birthday Party?

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This is a special year for NC and Charlotte outdoors!

Smokey 70th

This is the 70th anniversary of the Smokey Bear Wildfire campaign – Happy 70th Birthday Smokey Bear! 

Wilderness 50

The 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act – 50 Years of Wilderness

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The 40th anniversary of Char-Meck Park & Rec – Happy 40th Birthday Mecklenburg Park and Rec!

NC Wilderness Celebration

And the 30th anniversary of the NC Wilderness Act – 30 Years of NC Wilderness

 

Here is Mary Lou Buck doing the birthday honors!

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And don’t forget that the celebration continues! You need to Celebrate Your Wild Side and Sign Up Today for Our Wild NC Celebration – September 26-27 at Morrow Mountain State Park. It’s going to be a wild time with folks from across the state.