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Charlotte celebrates sustainability week

Saturday, September 21, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joy Allen
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Charlotte Mayor Patsy B. Kinsey issued an official proclamation designating September 21 – 28, 2013 "Environmental Sustainability Week”. USGBC-North Carolina Chapter is one of several organizations that will observe the week with special events and activities.

USGBC NC will host a lunch program, "Carbon Nation: Buildings and Beyond” on September 24. USGBC NC Emerging Professionals and UNC Charlotte have teamed up to present a free screening of the documentary "Carbon Nation” on Wednesday, September 25 at 12:45 p.m. at UNC Charlotte’s Uptown Building. A question and answer session with the director Peter Byck will follow the film. Byck also is the keynote speaker at the Sixth Annual Green Gala and Sustainable Business Awards hosted by USGBC NC on the evening of September 25. In addition, USGBC NC will observe the Green Apple Day of Service on Saturday, September 28 by participating in projects at schools around the state to demonstrate that "Where we learn matters.”

Other noteworthy events during Environmental Sustainability Week include:

  • Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s Companies will build a LEED Silver home during a 30-hour period on September 27-28.
  • Keep Charlotte Beautiful has adopted a one-mile stretch of Central Avenue and will host a street cleanup on September 28.
  • The City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood and Business Services team and Sustain Charlotte will celebrate recent sustainability successes with Power2Celebrate, an awards program on September 28.
  • Sustain Charlotte, UNC Charlotte’s Urban Design Program and the National Resources Defense Council will host "Dollars and $ense: How Land Use Patterns Affect Community Revenue” featuring Joe Minicozzi on September 24.
  • The City of Charlotte will complete retrofits offered through the Commercial Building Energy Retrofit Program resulting in improvements to more than 1,432 residential units and 407,963 square feet of commercial space.
  • The City of Charlotte will partner with the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association to host Greg Searle as a speaker for the South End Trends New Construction Trolley Tour. Searle, executive director of BioRegional North America, is a pioneer in the field of sustainable occupant engagement.
  • Charlotte Magazine will celebrate its 45th anniversary on September 27 with a gala benefiting Sustain Charlotte.
  • Duke Energy’s Smart Energy Now Program, dedicated to reducing energy consumption in uptown Charlotte, invites individual office occupants to support these efforts by committing to behavioral changes at http://smartenergycharlotte.com/pledge.

The Mayor’s proclamation of Environmental Sustainability Week reaffirms the city’s goal of making Charlotte a national and global leader in environmental sustainability.


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