In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded the City of Charlotte a $6.78 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG). The City utilized the initial $250,000 to develop the DOE-required Energy Strategy.
With the support of the Charlotte City Council and under the direction of the City’s Energy and Sustainability Manager, project managers and staff coordinated with community partners and worked to develop and implement the energy strategy, which included 17 distinct projects.
These 17 projects delivered energy savings, waste reduction, community improvements and much more. But the benefits of this grant don’t stop here. The City also used this opportunity to create additional benefits that aren’t easily measured with kilowatt hours saved or pounds of waste diverted from landfills. These include:
The City of Charlotte leading by example,
Generating catalyst projects that spur innovation and community engagement,
Creating long-lasting partnerships with a broad range of organizations,
Offering educational opportunities for Charlotte residents and City staff, and
Improving the quality of life in the Charlotte region.
Although these benefits are hard to quantify, they are visible. Drive down South Boulevard and see a resident charging their electric vehicle or watch as other communities around the state and country look to Charlotte as a leader in improving the environment.
These 17 projects are just the beginning in bringing more… Power2Charlotte.
For more information about each project, check out the project summary HERE.