Reminder – Monthly Meeting Tonight, Aug 27 at 6:30pm, “Char-Meck Sustainability Report”

Sustain Charlotte 2014 Report Card

Please join us on August 27 for a presentation of Sustain Charlotte’s just released 2014 Charlotte-Meck Sustainability Report Card. Over a year in the making, this Report Card reviews the status of nine major categories relevant to our overall sustainability, including comparisons with national trends, and with suggestions as how we can improve. Overall compared with national trends Charlotte-Meck gets a “C”. Given that the Charlotte City Council has chosen to have ” … be a global leader in sustainability …” as one of its’ focus goals, this letter grade is disappointing.

Sustain Charlotte will be represented by Meg Fencil who will conduct the presentation and discussion.

As usual, pizza will be served around 6:30pm. We will have a short business meeting at 7pm. And the formal presentation will begin around 7:15pm.

We meet at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte, NC. Plenty of free parking is available.

See you there for this timely presentation.

David Robinson
Chair, Central Piedmont Group Sierra Club

First ever Charlotte 2014 Sustainability Report released

Perhaps this will push the City of Charlotte to FINALLY develop a Sustainability Plan! As the saying goes, If It Isn’t Written Down, It Doesn’t Exist – “A strategy you can’t write down is unlikely to be well-enough conceived or communicated to actually work.”

And special thanks to the Sustain Charlotte team for this great work!

Sustain Charlotte 2014 Report Card2014 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sustainability Report Card

Announcement from Sustain Charlotte:

After more than a year of research, writing, and design, we’re proud to announce the public release of the 2014 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sustainability Report Card: Scoring Our Economic, Environmental, and Social Health. The inaugural quantitative report card marks the first ever independently researched and written report that assesses the current health of the community using 57 metrics spanning nine issues.

Shannon Binns, Founder and Director of Sustain Charlotte was joined by Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham, Charlotte City Council Member John Autry, and Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio, all of whom spoke at the press conference held in Marshall Park on Tuesday morning. Charlotte City Council Members David Howard, Vi Lyles and Greg Phipps were also in attendance.

Using a robust methodology and years of data from a variety of sources, the authors have generated a report card for each issue and provided 94 recommendations for how Charlotte-Mecklenburg can accelerate progress. The nine issues assessed include: Air Quality, Energy Use, Equity + Empowerment, Food, Jobs + Income, Land Use, Transportation, Waste, and Water Use.

The report card is available for free public download at www.sustaincharlotte.org/ReportCard2014.

“We’ve taken an objective, quantitative approach to assessing our progress on the issues that affect the quality of life for today’s residents as well as those who come after us,” said Binns. “We hope our leaders as well as all residents who call Mecklenburg home will take our recommendations to heart, and make the choices we must make to ensure a vibrant future.”

And here’s a good summary of some key points from Ana McKenzie of Creative Loafing –   15 takeaways from Sustain Charlotte’s Sustainability Report Card.

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

Make plans to attend this timely and informative program!

Join the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room and the Sierra Club Central Piedmont Group  as we welcome Dr. Jason West of UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. West will be presenting a lecture entitled, “Understanding the Climate Change Problem and Seeking Solutions” at the University City Regional Library, 301 East W.T. Harris Blvd, Charlotte, NC on Thursday, September 4th, from 6:00 until 8:30 PM.

Climate Change Solutions

 

Thank you WFAE Ben Bradford

I’ve been meaning to share this WFAE announcement. It’s great to have a public radio station with such strong commitment to coverage of environmental issues and a history of very good reporters. Congratulations Ben and keep up the excellent work!

Ben Bradford Wins National Murrow Award
The Radio Television Digital News Association recognized Ben Bradford, news reporter, with a national Edward R. Murrow award in the Hard News Reporting category for Moral Mondays. This is the station’s fourth national Murrow Award. This winning entry follows one day’s protest from start to finish, its initial organization at a church, the gathering of 1,200 in front of the state capitol in Raleigh, and the arrests of about 80 for civil disobedience inside. Bradford joined WFAE in 2012. His coverage at the station has included the coal ash spill on the Dan River, a three-part series on North Carolina and climate change, the arrest of former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon. This is his first national Murrow Award.

Tired of cankerworms invading your trees?

Banding Together

On Wednesday, August 6, Neighborhood & Business Services (NBS) will host a tree banding grant information session and roundtable discussion.

  • Hear from local tree banding vendors
  • Learn more about cankerworms from the City of Charlotte’s arborist
  • Learn ways to bring your entire neighborhood together for a fun tree banding event
  • Learn how your neighborhood can apply for grant funding worth up to $3,000, courtesy of the Neighborhood Matching Grants program

The information session will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 6 at 600 East Trade Street. All neighborhoods in Charlotte are eligible to apply for a tree banding grant. For more information, contact NBS Neighborhood Resources Liaison Louise Bhavnani at lbhavnani@charlottenc.gov.

Click here for more information about ways you can help control the fall cankerworm population.

Aug 5 – Sustain Charlotte launch of 2014 Sustainability Report Card

Come and hear about how sustainable Charlotte really is!

Sustain Charlotte is launching a groundbreaking new report!  
And you’re invited!

For over a year, Sustain Charlotte has been hard at work researching and writing the first ever independentcomprehensive report card assessing Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s
economic, social, and environmental health.

And now, they’re ready to share it with you!

This Tuesday, Aug 5th, they be holding two launch events (one in the morning and one in the evening) and you’re invited to join either — or both!

See below for details of both events and please RSVP to let us know you’re coming!


MORNING EVENT

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham, Charlotte City Council Member John Autry, Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio, and Sustain Charlotte Founder + Director Shannon Binns will speak about the importance of sustainability to Charlotte’s future. Charlotte City Council Member Greg Phipps and Pineville Mayor John Edwards will also be in attendance.

WHEN

Tuesday, Aug 5
10-11 AM

WHERE

Marshall Park
800 E. Third Street, Charlotte 28202

RSVP for this event!



EVENING EVENT

Sustain Charlotte’s Monthly Mixer + 2014 Sustainability Report Card Launch Party!
Light Snacks Provided by Earth Fare

WHEN

Tuesday, August 5
5:30-7:30 PM

Schedule
5:30: Networking Begins
6:30: Report Launch + Sustainability Trivia!
6:45: More Networking

WHERE

Triple C Brewing Company
2900 Griffith St, Charlotte 28203

July 23rd Monthly Meeting: Outdoor Treasures of Mecklenburg County

Outdoor Treasures

Please join us on Wednesday July 23rd for a presentation on the Outdoor Treasures of Mecklenburg County.

Stephen Hutchinson, Nature Center Manager at Latta Plantation, will present on the abundant resources of Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation Department. You will be delighted to learn about such great opportunities as kayak tours, canoe rentals, horseback riding, tractor drawn hay rides, cowboy style campfire dinners, Segway adventure tours, GPS treasure hunts, hiking, camping, and more – all nearby.

As usual our meeting is at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. It begins at 6:30pm with free pizza, followed by a short business meeting, and then the formal presentation.

Parking is free. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you.