Isn’t She Lovely?

Charlotte’s natural beauty is one of her best qualities. Earth Week is our chance to prove it.

She’s more than just her skyline.

Charlotte’s natural beauty, like many of her feminine qualities, is often understated.

Beauty product lines and clothing companies get it — a woman’s natural beauty is one of her best assets. We can apply the same thinking to the city we call home.

Step outside on a warm, spring day and you’ll appreciate all Charlotte has to offer beyond her shiny skyscrapers.

With Earth Week upon us next week, (April 17–21, 2017) many organizations who work daily to protect Charlotte’s air, water and tree canopy will share ways local residents and visitors can help keep her green and beautiful.

Among these groups is Sustain Charlotte, a local a nonprofit seeking to inspire choices that lead to healthier and more vibrant communities across the Charlotte metro region for generations to come.

Meg Fencil, program director, educates and engages the community through partnerships and program outcomes. For Meg, it’s all about good choices for a healthy, energetic and equitable region.

“Many of our programs focus on transportation choices and land use,” said Fencil. “We all know how fast Charlotte is growing and we want to be sure the city grows in a sustainable way so that all of our neighborhoods are connected centers that boost our environmental health and social equity.”

Protecting Charlotte’s natural resources requires each of us making choices that show how we care for her. One simple way to do that is to join the Way 2 Go CLT campaign to reduce vehicle miles traveled by 1 million by October 2017. The campaign is timed perfectly with the best time of the year to be outdoors in our community.

Team City of Charlotte is partnering with Sustain Charlotte in this effort by tracking city employees’ commuting habits. Erika Ruane, sustainability coordinator for city government, says local government should lead by example when encouraging others to help protect Charlotte’s air quality.

“We hope this summer challenge will encourage employees to clean commute more and become more aware of the impact each commute makes the air quality of all Charlotte residents,” said Ruane. “The city offers so many ways to participate in clean commuting and we want our employees to set the golden standard for our citizens about the importance of alternative travel.”

For our health, for our wallets and for Charlotte — let’s join Meg and Erika. Let’s ride in groups, walk, take transit or bike to enjoy all our city has to offer and preserve her natural beauty.

Let’s also look into ways to protect Charlotte’s other natural resources. Be sure to check out the full list of city sponsored Earth Week 2017 events and other events offered by Sustain Charlotte that you can be a part of!

Earth Week 2017 City of Charlotte Events

Tuesday, April 18 — Air
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. open to residents
Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center (CMGC) Plaza
Clean transportation options

5:30 p.m. — 7 p.m. open to residents
Envision Charlotte will be hosting the Dutch Ambassador on April 18 to talk about the need to act local to tackle global issues, like sustainability and economic development. It will be at the Mint Museum’s Duke Auditorium and is open to the public. Click this website to register.

Wednesday, April 19 — Energy
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. open to residents 
Static Electric Vehicles (EV) display at the CMGC semicircle to view the latest EVs on the market

Thursday, April 20 — Water
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. open to residents
CMGC Plaza
Water conservation

Friday, April 2 — Waste
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. open to residents
CMGC Plaza
Waste diversion (composting/recycling) and healthy communities

Sustain Charlotte Events

April — June: Walk2Transit
Sustain Charlotte’s Walk2Transit project is an 18-month effort to identify, evaluate, and advocate for improvements to bus stops that are tough to walk to. Sign up for a walking tour today!

Saturday, May 6: Art For All | Bikes For All Spring Ride
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Grab your ticket to join Sustain Charlotte for a family-friendly cycling tour of the newest public art installations.