Over 45 people attended the very first Green Drinks Charlotte + Sustain Charlotte Monthly Mixer! The event was held in the beautiful basement of The Liberty in South End. Numerous guests told us, "I didn't know this place even has a basement!" But it does, and it's the perfect location for our new merged mixer. With its dark wood shelving, personal bar service, and private meeting space, we already feel right at home. The Liberty graciously donated appetizers for our mixer, including plates full of delicious house-made soft pretzels.
Christina Vernon, Assistant Vice President for a Healthy Environment at our Gold Partner Carolinas Healthcare System, explained the unique sustainability challenges faced by medical facilities. She cited some incredible statistics: A single cardiac procedure generates as much waste as an average American household of 4 people in one week. CHC's acute primary care facilities generate an average of 37 tons per day, or the equivalent of 7 elephants.
Christina Vernon explained how Carolinas Healthcare System is committed to sustainability.
With over 900 facilities, CHC has a major opportunity to improve the sustainability of healthcare. Their primary focus is on reducing waste and using less energy. They've set a goal of reducing energy intensity (EUI) by 20% by the year 2017. Christina presented our mixer attendees with a challenge: "We all need to be ambassadors for sustainability. Come to next month's mixer and bring a friend!"
CATS Marketing Specialist Ashley Elliott shared safety tips for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicle drivers to safely travel around the CityLynx Gold Line tracks. The first 1.5 mile segment of the track will open very soon and it will be FREE for the first 4 years of operation, until the next phase of the project is completed. She brought CATS reusable grocery bags for all mixer attendees. We'll let you know when the streetcar announces its official start date.
Click here to RSVP for the next mixer on Tuesday, July 7 and bring your friends!