Below is a snapshot of the environmental practices already established in many City of Charlotte operations. Please check back frequently, as this page will be updated regularly as new initiatives get underway.
The City owns and operates approximately 100 alternative fuel vehicles, including hybrids, all-electric and compressed natural gas.
25% of the City’s purchases from Office Depot last year included some percentage of recycled content.
The City recycled more than 215,000 pounds of shredded paper last year, and have recycled more than 5,300 pieces of electronics since 2011.
30 City facilities have stormwater pollution prevention plans in place to help reduce negative impacts to surface water quality.
Over the past two years, more than 14,500 trees (and counting) have been planted through City initiatives.
SUSTAINABLE ASSETS AND FACILITIES
The City has five LEED certified buildings, and one Green Globe certified building.
There are more than 1,500 solar panels installed on City owned and managed facilities.
REGULATORY BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department obtained corporate International Standard Organization (ISO) certification in May 2010. This now covers the Mallard Creek WRF, McDowell Creek WWTP, Sugar Creek WWTP, and the Biosolids program, with other CMUD locations planned soon. This certification focuses on sustainable optimized operations that first seek to minimize negative impacts on the environment.
EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT
There are several programs across City departments aimed at making the workplace more sustainable.
In 2013, more than 140 City employees took advantage of the SMARTride employee program, where they take public transportation to work.
By requiring all commercial building plans to be submitted electronically, the City saved approximately 18,000 24” X 36” sheets of paper in one year.
The City has identified more than 25 organizations that are current and potential partners for future sustainability projects.
Under the Power2Charlotte campaign, more than 7 million people were reached throughout the two-year Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant using various means of advertising.