We will make a sustainable, high quality of life possible for future generations. Our future will be the brightest if we use less, recycle more, re-use when we can, and meet our needs with efficient and sustainable energy solutions.
A Legacy of Possibility - We Make It Possible!
• A number of innovative sustainability efforts are underway in the Charlotte region. One example of Charlotte’s firm commitment to projects that promote environmental awareness and a long-term vision of our sustainable city is Envision Charlotte. Envision Charlotte aims to create an environmentally and economically sustainable urban core by reducing environmental resource use and related costs 20% in the uptown vicinity by the year 2016.
• We are committed to providing as many recycling and composting options to the Convention venues and guests as reasonable. Together with ReCommunity, we are sponsoring new recycling bins to match the bins presently on our city streets uptown, and we will wrap an additional 45 bins to provide a cohesive recycling message in the uptown area. These bins will be deployed shortly before the Convention and will be left as a legacy to the community.
• With the support of Piedmont Natural Gas, the Host Committee is providing 30,000 BPA free, made in the USA, refillable water bottles to our delegates, media and volunteers that will drastically reduce the amount of plastic water bottles used during the Convention. In partnership with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Department, the Host Committee is pairing the refillable water bottles with seven water-refill stations for our guests and the community. These refilling stations will be left as a legacy for the community to use long after the last balloon drops.
• The Host Committee is working with Catawba Lands Conservancy, Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation, and the Charlotte Department of Transportation to host a series of tours and fitness activities on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway during Convention week. The fitness activities and educational tours will be Tuesday, September 4 through Thursday, September 6. The educational tours will include several stops along the trail where participants will learn about the Greenway and Thread Trail system from speakers with urban planning, historical, environmental, and health backgrounds. All are invited to celebrate the beauty of our city’s trails and greenways.