A Greener Vision for the Queen City

In April, Shannon Binns and his nonprofit outfit called Sustain Charlotte held an invite-only brainstorming event.


About 60 leaders from four key sectors of the community — business, academic, environmental and government — came together to hash out ways to improve the Queen City’s quality of life.
On Monday, Binns and several Charlotte leaders will announce the results of that green gathering, a presentation dubbed Charlotte 2030: A Sustainable Vision for Our Region. The document lists goals for the city in the areas of air, energy, food, economy, buildings and homes, parks and green space, waste, social equity, transportation and water.
The event will be at The Square (Trade and Tryon streets) and is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Speakers start at noon. They include Mayor Anthony Foxx, Mecklenburg County Commissioners Chairwoman Jennifer Roberts, Commissioner George Dunlap, Central Piedmont Community College’s Center for Sustainability Director Ernie McLaney and county Parks and Recreation Director Jim Garges.
GEEP Global also will use the occasion to collect and recycle small electronics. (If an item is small enough to carry, the group will take it. However, that large, unused printer collecting dust in the corner will not be accepted.)
And keep an eye on Sustain Charlotte's website. The group will make a copy of Charlotte 2030 available for download by Monday.



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