In Mecklenburg County, the majority of the smog-forming emissions come from cars -- 87% of nitrogen oxide emissions and 51% of volatile organic compounds. Source: Mecklenburg County Air Quality
By 2030, we envision a region in which...
- Our air quality meets or surpasses all federal standards.
- Bikeways, buses, rail, and greenways are abundant so we are less dependent on cars to reach our destinations.
- Participation in ride-sharing and other alternatives to using single occupancy vehicles to get to and from work has increased dramatically.
- Bus routes are expanded to include a transportation grid in addition to lines that radiate from center city.
- Transit-oriented development is adopted and supported.
- An integrated regional transportation planning authority addresses the relationship between land use, transportation and air quality.
- Diesel engine pollution is reduced by replacing or retrofitting older engines, resulting in a greener fleet with newer equipment meeting tighter standards.
- Air quality education and marketing programs are enhanced and expanded.
- Municipalities across the region share air quality goals and dedicated funding is provided to support regional initiatives to reduce air pollution.
- Impact on air quality is a consideration for all new developments.
- Organizations and individuals have adopted daily practices and habits that preserve and enhance air quality.