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  • Air Quality
    Charlotte was the 18th smoggiest US city in 2011. Learn More

    Source: The American Lung Association
  • Buildings and Homes
    Charlotte ranked 25th out of 27 on green buildings. It is one of just four cities that do not require new buildings to meet energy efficiency standards. Learn More

    Source: 2011 Green Cities Index
  • Energy
    Charlotte ranked 18th out of 27 on energy due to a lack of clean and efficient policies. Learn More

    Source: Siemens 2011 Green Cities Index
  • Food
    60 neighborhoods in Mecklenburg County have no full-service grocery stores selling a combination of fresh dairy, fresh eggs and fresh meats. Learn More

    Source: Mecklenburg County Community Food Assessment, 2010.
  • Parks, Trees,
    and Green Space
    Mecklenburg County lost 33% of its tree canopy and 3% of its open space between 1985 and 2008. Learn More

    Source: Urban Ecosystem Analysis Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte, 2010
  • Waste
    Charlotte ranked 20th out of 25 on waste due to its low recycling rate, which is 12% versus an Index average of 26%. Learn More

    Source: Siemens 2011 Green Cities Index
  • Transportation
    Charlotte's ranked 25th out of 27 on transportation due to having the third shortest public transport network in the Index; as a result only 3 of every 100 workers use public transit, bicycles or go by foot in Charlotte. Learn More
    Source: Siemens 2011 Green Cities Index
  • Water
    Charlotte is projected to not have enough water for all of its residents by 2040 unless measures to use its water resources more efficiently are put in place. Learn More
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September 16, 2014
Sustain Charlotte Launches MoveCharlotteSmarter.org to Connect Residents to Local Transportation Issues

September 10, 2014
Grading Charlotte
Source: Creative Loafing

August 28, 2014
N.C.'s sharp right turn threatens transit in 2 booming metro areas
Source: E&E Publishing

August 21, 2014
Charlotte's Sustainability Report Card
Source: WFAE

August 15, 2014
Charlotte needs better sustainability – Report offers suggestions for city’s livability
Source: TOD News and The Charlotte Post

August 13, 2014
Charlotte area's recycling volumes aren't increasing
Source: Resource Recycling

August 6, 2014
15 takeaways from Sustain Charlotte's Sustainability Report Card
Source: Creative Loafing


Ballantyne Eco-Expo benefitting Sustain Charlotte
September 25, 2014

Join us on Thursday, September 25 for the Ballantyne Eco-Expo!

Sustain Charlotte is the non-profit partner who will benefit from the proceeds of this free public event.

Please join us and invite your family, friends, and colleagues!

Register here and share the Facebook event page.

The Ballantyne Eco-Expo, sponsored by Hannah Solar, will feature several exhibitors whose products or services help people live a sustainable lifestyle, such as Hannah Solar,SuperGreen Solutions, MelaLuca, Carolina Cartridge Systems, USB Recycling and more. The Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne is one of only two hotels in Charlotte that is LEED certified.

Steve Moore Chevrolet, Town and Country Toyota, and East Charlotte Nissan will display new models of eco-friendly vehicles, Carolina Cartridge Systems is collecting toner cartridges, and Luna's Living Kitchen is sampling juices and bringing their "juice truck" to name just a few. 

Each exhibitor will provide an item to raffle. The proceeds of the raffle entries will go to Sustain Charlotte.

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