Air Quality


Source: Sustain Charlotte's 2014 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sustainability Report Card


Key Fact

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


Additional Resources

Clean Air Carolina
Medical Advocates for Healthy Air
Mecklenburg County Air Quality

Our Vision for Local 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.

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