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Message From Chair Dan Fogel:
I hope you are having an effective year thus far and remain successful in the second half. I'm excited to share with you that GreenWorks Council has created a new tagline and made a fewwebsite updates. Our mission is to foster sustainable practices within the local business community by connecting like-minded Charlotte Chamber members and sharing information and best practices.
As we begin planning future opportunities, we are seeking your input and feedback. Please take five minutes to fill out this survey about the GreenWorks Council.
We are in the midst of our 2016 Wells Fargo Green Awards and are calling on companies who have incorporated innovative, sustainable practices into their products, services or company culture. If this sounds like your company, please nominate your company here.
Our next event is scheduled for September 13 at Meritage Homes. We hope you can join us to learn about innovations in residential sustainability through extreme energy efficiency. Pleaseregister here.
Lastly, I would like to personally thank all of our 2016 - 2017 GreenWorks Council sponsors – because none of this great work would be possible without them. I would also like to thank our board members who work on behalf of the chamber to make the GreenWorks Council so successful.
Please reach out to us if you have suggestions, comments, or need additional information.
Upcoming Green Events
GreenWorks Tour of Meritage Homes | September 13 at 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Meritage Homes at Riverchase | 656 Avonmore Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Join us to learn about Meritage Homes and innovation in sustainability through extreme energy efficiency. Meritage Homes continues to earn EPA's highest ENERGY STAR Award, Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence. It is the first national builder to make every home built 100 percent ENERGY STAR certified and on average, twice as energy-efficient as a typical U.S. home of the same size. Registration is required as lunch will be served. This event is free for Charlotte Chamber members. Click here to register for this event.
OTHER FEATURED EVENTS:
July Green Drinks Charlotte + Sustain Charlotte Monthly Mixer | July 13, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Free Range Brewing | 2320 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC 28205
Join Sustain Charlotte and Green Drinks Charlotte for an informal and fun evening of conversation and networking. At 6:30, you'll hear from a recent UNCC graduate who will present her protected bike lane design proposal for Uptown. To see more information and register, clickhere.
EPIC Energy Seminar Series | August 23, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.
EPIC at UNC Charlotte | 2320 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC 28205
EPIC presents a Seminar Series with speakers from around the region. These experts share valuable information and their insight into trends and news that is related to energy. To learn more, click here.
GreenWorks communications committee needs you: Assist GreenWorks our mission, website updates, social media outreach and newsletter content. Please contact Ashley Hedrick if you are interested in volunteering for this group.
Membership Task Force Survey: The Charlotte Chamber is taking a serious look at shaking up the chamber model. Your answers to a few brief questions will help inform us through this process. Take this short survey here.
GreenWorks Planning Survey: As we begin planning future opportunities, we are seeking your input and feedback. Take five minutes to fill out this survey about the GreenWorks Council.
Charlotte's Tree Canopy Survey: Your input will guide the development of a plan for the maintenance and protection of our community trees for years to come. Please take five minutes to fill out this survey about Charlotte's tree canopy.
Charlotte: Outside the Car
Members of the Charlotte Chamber and Sustain Charlotte toured the city’s alternative modes of transportation at the latest GreenWorks Council event. The tour included riding the LYNX Blue Line to 7th Street Public Market, where members heard from key representatives in transportation and air quality control among others sectors. Click here to see photos of the event.
City of Charlotte Water Quality Report: Good News about Charlotte's Drinking Water
Last week, the City of Charlotte Environmental Committee met and discussed Charlotte’s water quality. The 2015 Drinking Water Quality Report was released and our drinking water continues to meet and exceed all state and federal drinking water standards. In an effort to remain transparent, Charlotte Water now offers Drinking Water Monitoring Results, an interactive map which makes data available as soon as it's certified by the laboratory. For questions or additional information, visit Charlotte Water’s website or call 311.
Clean Commute Olympics
Local businesses are joining Charlotte Air Awareness, Sustain Charlotte, Envision Charlotte, CATS and Mecklenburg County Air Quality to improve employee health and reduce air pollution across the region. Clean commute to work between June 20 and August 5 for your chance to win one of seven Olympic-themed weekly prizes or the grand prize of a 55-inch Ultra HD TV perfect for watching the Rio games. Carpool, vanpool, walk, bike, ride transit, telecommute or compress your schedule for entries in prize drawings. Become a Clean Commute Olympian today.
Tips From Curb It Community Newsletter!
Getting rid of a slightly used sofa set and some raggedy end tables? Consider donating the sofa set to someone in need or an organization that accepts gently used items. If the end tables won't be accepted by an organization in their condition and can't be reused or upcycled, schedule them for bulky waste collection. Schedule bulky waste for curbside collection through Solid Waste Services either online or by calling CharMeck 311 (704.366.7600).
Upgrading your kitchen with new appliances and getting rid of everything? Learn more about how you can safely dispose of these items in an environmentally-friendly way.
One last tip, while you are cleaning with aerosol cans and bottles, don't forget that those containers can be recycled once they are empty. Click here to view a full list of recyclable and non-recyclable items.
The Big Spring Clean. Great American Clean Up 2016
More than 250 volunteers took part in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s The Big Spring Clean event on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Volunteers removed over nine tons of trash and recyclables from Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s creeks and lakes during the event. Items that could be recycled were separated from the trash and taken to recycling centers. Trash mainly consisted of bottles, cans, food wrappers and other litter.
In addition to the 185 bags of trash and the 37 bags of recyclables that were removed, other items included 205 tires, Power Wheels Cars, a Polaroid camera, a muffler, a garden gnome, a grill, mattresses, telephone and an oil pan nearly full of oil.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services organized the daylong cleanup at eight staffed locations. Volunteers could also select any creek convenient to them and report their collection results online.
The Big Spring Clean is an annual event to improve surface water quality. Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s The Big Spring Clean takes place on the second Saturday in May. We look forward to seeing you next year!
To see video and photos from this year's event, click here.