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2014 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sustainability Report Card

"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." 

-- Charlotte Talks, WFAE 90.7 (Charlotte's NPR Affiliate)


On August 5, 2014, we launched the first ever independently written report that assesses the current health of the community using 57 metrics spanning nine issues. Using a robust methodology and years of data from a variety of sources, we 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.  With this report, 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.  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.

Check out 15 takeaways from Sustain Charlotte’s Sustainability Report Card by Ana McKenzie of Creative Loafing.

Listen to Sustain Charlotte Director Shannon Binns, Charlotte City Council Member John Autry, and Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio discussing our report card on WFAE's Charlotte Talks.

Download the report here.

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