Protecting the environment for the benefit of future generations
is always in the public's interest. For that reason, Mecklenburg County
officials have for many years tracked the state of the environment, acknowledged
that intervention is necessary in the face of rapid growth, and taken actions
to protect natural resources.
The first bi-annual State of the Environment Report was produced
in 1987. These reports not only describe environmental conditions in the
County, but also provide measures to evaluate progress, and make
recommendations for action by elected officials. Many recommendations have
been translated into actions such as adoption of the SWIM regulations,
investments in parks and greenway systems, and expansion of mass transit.
The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners adopted an
Environmental Leadership Policy on January 23, 2004 to describe the county's
commitment to and expectations for environmentally sound practices in local
government. The Environmental Leadership Policy is a statement of principles
that guide the recurring activities of County government.
The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners desires that
County government operate in a manner that conserves and protects our air, water
and land resources, become a model of environmental stewardship for local
governments, business and industry in our region, and use and apply the
County's existing and future resources wisely for the benefit of its
citizens. This has been adopted as the Environmental Leadership Team's
The Environmental Leadership Policy is intended to further the
County's 2015 Vision to be "a community of pride and choice for people
to LIVE, WORK, and RECREATE" by establishing guiding principles for environmental
performance in County government operations.
Guiding principles describing the County's commitment to
environmentally sound practices within County Government include:
1. Comply with all applicable local, state and federal
environmental regulations in all County facilities.
2. Practice energy conservation in all County
3. Practice waste minimization and recycling in all County
4. Purchase the lowest-emission vehicles
practical to meet County needs.
5. Include environmental considerations in purchasing decisions
for goods and services.
6. Acquire, maintain and preserve land to protect the natural
7. Reuse existing buildings and infrastructure and avoid
8. Require environmentally sensitive design options in all new
facilities and retrofits.
9. Provide employees with opportunities and incentives to
practice environmentally sound behaviors.
10. Actively explore the feasibility of implementing new and innovative products and/or practices that
provide environmental benefits, and inform elected officials of new
11. Direct all County business units to integrate environmental
considerations into their activities, and direct LUESA staff to assist
business units with identifying and implementing environmentally sound
12. Develop a program for continuous review of County activities to
insure we seek practical ways to reduce the adverse environmental impacts of
our activities, and carefully evaluate new opportunities to achieve sound
environmental practices in government operations.
To learn more, connect to the following links or contact:
Environmental Policy Administrator
Environmental Leadership Policy
Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners Resolution for the adoption of an
Environmental Leadership Policy