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My Record on the Environment

I was honored to Chair the Environment Committee and help Charlotte become a global leader in sustainability with bipartisan support. The adoption of the Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP) is the city's first-ever framework to transition to a low carbon future. Within 24-hours of its passing, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Charlotte to announce a $2.5 million grant from his foundation toward Charlotte's efforts to fight climate change.

Specifically, the SEAP strives to have City fleet and facilities to be fueled by 100% zero-carbon sources by 2030. It also sets a community-wide goal for Charlotte to become a low carbon city by 2050 by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to below two tons of CO2 equivalent per person annually.

In the city's 2018-19 budget, I supported and helped pass the allotment of $2 million for improvements to a barn in the Belmont neighborhood - a 36,000-square-foot space that the city wants to turn into an innovation lab for trash. It's called the "circular economy initiative," a push to move the city toward zero waste by turning products like plastic or paper into something reusable and useful.


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