October was a great time for green initiatives in Charlotte: not only do we get to see the leaves changing and gain a renewed zeal for life in the Queen City, we get to start a celebration of those who are making energy-saving changes and advances in the most unlikely of places through the Chamber’s Greenworks Council.
The Chamber’s Greenworks Council: Green Tank on October 21 was part of that celebration. Not only did members visit with each other and hear about the absolutely marvelous green initiatives from local establishments that are finalists for the 2016 Wells Fargo Green Awards, but they also heard from two other community staples: UNC Charlotte is making learning green by incorporating solar initiatives for classroom processes including solar-powered phone-charging stations. And Real School Gardens is promoting green living and green eating with its programs to help teachers and students learn about the positive impacts they can have on the earth by growing within it.
Both of these entities have humbly and unknowingly vaulted themselves onto a pedestal that other companies and green thinkers can learn from and admire. But that’s not why they do what they do: it’s their passion for preserving what makes our communities great and changing what’s not working that continues to inspire their desire for positive change.
If you couldn’t attend October’s Green Tank, you missed an opportunity to vote for the finalists including Autobell Car Wash (concentrating on surpassing clients’ expectations while recycling and conserving water), Carolinas HealthCare System (using green chemistry, among other elements, to reduce its footprint), and Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (using water-efficient processes in creating craft beers for the Queen City). That’s not all: Springhill Suites (using “smart” technology in its conservation efforts and Cousins Properties (developing green spaces and promoting green learning through local outreach programs) are also finalists. This year even sees a dentist practice finalist! Belevdere Family Dentistry revamped its paperwork processes to allow for less use of paper and happier clients.
Though there will be only one winner (per category), the truth is that through these initiatives, we are all benefactors of a healthier and happier life in the Queen City. We’re excited to have announced the winners’ at this year’s Energy Summit. We also invite you to learn more about GreenWorks initiatives and the finalists here.