Contact the Charlotte City Council

Key Vote on June 25th. Please email all the City Council Members below. Kindly write your email to the Member in your own style. Please include your name, and the neighborhood or community that you live in, and impress upon the Members the urgency and your heartfelt support for passing the Resolution. Below, please find talking points that may help you write your email of support and the text of the resolution.

CHARLOTTE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS NAMES AND EMAILS
Name Email Address
Vi Lyles, Mayor vlyles@charlottenc.gov
Julie Eiselt, Mayor Pro Tem Julie.Eiselt@charlottenc.gov
Braxton Winston, At Large Braxton.Winston@charlottenc.gov
James Mitchell, At Large James.Mitchell@charlottenc.gov
Dimple Ajmera, At Large Dimple.Ajmera@charlottenc.gov
Larken Egleston, District 1 Larken.Egleston@charlottenc.gov
Justin Harlow, District 2 Justin.Harlow@charlottenc.gov
Lawana Mayfield, District 3 lmayfield@charlottenc.gov
Greg Phipps, District 4 gaphipps@charlottenc.gov
Matt Newton, District 5 Matt.Newton@charlottenc.gov
Tariq Bokhari, District 6 Tariq.Bokhari@charlottenc.gov
Ed Driggs, District 7 edriggs@charlottenc.gov

WHY THE CLEAN ENERGY RESOLUTION/SUSTAINABLE CHARLOTTE RESOLUTION WILL BENEFIT CHARLOTTE

-Charlotte needs to lead the nation on 100% clean energy, our city has the resources, vision, and leadership to make this happen! There are several cities across the nation, including Columbia, S.C. and Boone, N.C, which have passed similar 100% clean energy resolutions, and are actively planning the transition to 100% clean energy.

-The use of solar and wind energy will lower the City’s monthly utility costs. Over all energy costs for the City of Charlotte, especially in the transportation sectors will be reduced, due to having more clean transportation that would be run by batteries— not using much more expensive and polluting oil and gas.   

-Professor Michael Mann of Penn State University, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, recently stated in Time Magazine that America and the world, must be well on our way to transitioning to 100% clean energy in all energy sectors, in order to avoid civilization threatening climate change.

– According to the Solutions Project, approximately 200,000 clean energy jobs can be created in N.C.  over the next several years, if North Carolina transitions to 100% clean energy. This would include the installation, construction, maintenance, and operations of clean energy jobs of solar panels on public schools, parking lots, homes, apartments, or public buildings. The building of energy efficient housing, wind turbines, wind farms, solar farms, and the maintenance of these clean energy systems.

-This would also help Charlotte become a “high employment” and “higher wage” City, where there is more equal opportunity for upward mobility; unfortunately the City of Charlotte is ranked at the bottom of cities in terms of being able to transition out of poverty and into the middle class.

– By having city owned and operated clean energy powered transit such as electric buses, electric police cars, snow plows, SUV’s, and trucks powered by 100% clean energy by 2030, there will be much cleaner and safer air and water; and better health outcomes for the residents of Charlotte.

– Not having to use fracked gas for energy in Charlotte to power our homes and buildings,  will mean safer and healthier communities, and avoiding the use of “unnatural gas,” that according to a recent study by NASA, is dramatically contributing to the warming of the planet, given that fracked gas causes the release of dangerous greenhouse gases such methane and Co2, both which will dramatically worsen climate change.

– Climate scientists have stated that climate change, caused from the burning of fossil fuels, were major contributing factors to recent droughts in India and California, record breaking and life threatening heat waves, fiercer and more dangerous forest fires in the U.S., the flooding of coastal cities and towns such as Norfolk Va and Washington, DC, and deadly Category 4 and 5 Hurricanes that destroyed Puerto Rico and U.S. Islands in the Caribbean, and caused massive flooding in Houston, Texas.                

*Thank you for contacting your Charlotte City Council Members regarding your support for passage of the “Clean Energy & Sustainable Charlotte” Resolution! We look forward to seeing you next Monday evening at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East 4th St, Charlotte, N.C. 28202.

Sincerely,

Joel Segal

Executive Director, North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition

571 344-1518, Joel.r.Segal@gmail.com

ncclimatesolutions.org

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF CHARLOTTE CITY COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF A SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT CHARLOTTE BY THE YEAR 2050

WHEREAS, the Charlotte City Council committed in the FY 2018-2019 Environment Focus Area Plan to “become a global leader in environmental sustainability, balancing economic growth with preserving our natural resources;” and,

WHEREAS, Charlotte will strive to become a low carbon city by 2050, spanning all sectors, to bring city-wide greenhouse gas emissions to below 2 tons CO2e per person annually; and, 

WHEREAS, Charlotte is currently developing a Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP), which will contain short, medium and long terms actions to deliver deep reductions in carbon emissions spanning all sectors so that the CO2e targets can be met; and,

WHEREAS, a low carbon city is delivered through processes, strategies, practices, tools, and institutional structures that promote collaboration between city, public, private, academic, and nonprofit constituencies to develop and implement long-term, deep reductions in carbon emissions, and,

WHEREAS, these processes, strategies, and collaborations will balance economic considerations with advancement towards the 2050 goal, and

WHEREAS, low carbon cities improve their environmental sustainability, social capital and economic mobility through growth in clean energy industries and workforce development opportunities; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Charlotte will strive to become a low carbon city by 2050 and will develop a Strategic Energy Action Plan to be presented to City Council,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Charlotte will continue the work currently under way to advance short term goals for reductions in energy consumption in city operations as a first step on the path towards a low carbon future.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Charlotte will strive to source 100% of its energy use in its buildings and fleet from zero carbon sources by 2030.

            Adopted on this __h day of ___, 2018.

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