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

    Source: The American Lung Association
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  • Buildings and Homes
    SUSTAIN CHARLOTTE BECAUSE
    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
    SUSTAIN CHARLOTTE BECAUSE
    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
    SUSTAIN CHARLOTTE BECAUSE
    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
    SUSTAIN CHARLOTTE BECAUSE
    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
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    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
    SUSTAIN CHARLOTTE BECAUSE
    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
    SUSTAIN CHARLOTTE BECAUSE
    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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RECENT NEWS

April 23, 2014
Sustain Charlotte Announces Winners of Third Annual Community Sustainability Awards

April 17, 2014
Push for more solar energy efforts in Charlotte
Source: WBTV

April 3, 2014
Charlotte earns another dubious ranking
Source: The Charlotte Observer

April 2, 2014
Charlotte metro area ranked 5th most sprawling in U.S.
Source: Smart Growth America

March 25, 2014
Charlotte drivers spend 40 hours a year stuck in traffic, study says
Source: The Charlotte Observer

February 14, 2014
Can A Sprawling Southern City Remake Its Transit Networks?
Source: Fast Company

February 12, 2014
N.C. transportation ‘reforms’ are gestures, not true reforms
Source: The Charlotte Observer

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