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Environment Initiatives for FY2010
Environment Focus Area FY2010
Initiative Measure Target
ENV.1 Support environmental sustainability by making wise decisions regarding growth and development, recognizing the interrelationships between air quality, water resources, land preservation and energy and resource conservation A. Percent of residential and office developments located within centers and corridors to continue implementing Center, Corridors, and Wedges Growth Framework A-1. Minimum of 40% of new housing unit permits and 70% of new multi-family unit permits in the city located within the centers and corridors

A-2. Minimum of 75% of new office development square footage and 75% of new employment occurring in the centers and corridors

  B. Percent of rezoning decisions consistent with adopted plans and/or staff recommendations B. 95% of rezoning decisions consistent with adopted plans and/ or staff recommendations
  C. Percent of rezoning decisions consistent with adopted environmentally sensitive site development policies C. 80% of approved rezonings incorporate environmentally sensitive site design components as per the General Development Policies - Environment
  D. Implement the General Development Policies II - Environment D-1. Implement Environmental Inventory Strategy to include internal use of existing map and determine process, stakeholders, and potential implications of designating environmentally sensitive areas by June 2010

D-2. Initiate strategies to address four additional General Development Policies - Environment and continue implementation of the strategies initiated in 2008

ENV.2 Lead and support efforts to improve Charlotte and regional air quality A. Promote long-term reduction in ozone-causing emissions A-1. Establish partnerships with business/ management organizations to encourage increases in travel by alternative modes to/ from  two mixed-use activity centers by June 2010

A-2. Adopt and implement a revised tree ordinance that will help improve air quality through the preservation and growth of Charlotte's tree canopy

A-3. Continue collaboration and participation with COG's CONNECT Regional Air Quality Board and Clean Air Works, Mecklenburg County Division of Air Quality and the State of North Carolina Division of Air Quality to develop and implement strategies to improve air quality

ENV.3  Protect natural ecosystems and habitats, including the tree canopy A. Maintain a significant and healthy tree canopy A. Develop a program recognizing local developers or businesses annually for excellent tree preservation efforts by December 2009
  B. Protect stream corridors, ponds, and wetlands through public acquisition of additional conservation easements and enhancing existing buffers B. Meet mitigation requirements through local rather than state- level restoration efforts 100% of the time when streams are negatively impacted by City projects.
  C. Maintain permit compliance with treated wastewater C. 100% compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit requirements for all five wastewater plans
ENV.4 Lead by example, adopting sound environmental practices in City facilities and operations A. Implement strategies to reduce City fleet emissions to improve air quality A-1. Reduce the amount of harmful emissions from the CATS bus fleet by reducing idling by 5% from previous FY's baseline data in CATS' fixed bus fleet, including emissions reduction equipment on the engines of all new fixed route buses, and procuring hybrid buses as funding allows.

A-2. Improve the efficiency of the overall City fleet by purchasing alternative fuel vehicles as funding allows and by seeking grant funding to outfit current vehicles with emissions reducing technology.

  B. Incorporate environmentally responsible elements in the design, construction, and operation of City facilities B-1. Maintain energy use practices so that City facilities compare favorably with available benchmark information in the South Atlantic region (measured in thousands of BTUs per square foot.)

B-2. Approve the City's Green-house Gas Emissions Inventory Action Plan by December 2009, pending funding

B-3. Develop a pilot program to perform cost/benefits analysis on environmentally preferable products and develop a methodology for reporting and rating green product performance and usability by July 2009

B-4. Increase recycling within City facilities through employee awareness

B-5. Adopt a Policy on Sustainable City Facilities by October 2009

  C. Operate a best-in-class bio-solids program that safely recycles and manages bio-solids while mitigating environmental and health impacts C. Receive 14001:2004 ISO certification for the Utilities Residuals Management Program (bio-solids) Environmental Management System by December 2009
  D. Develop and implement pilot project(s) for renewable energy D-1. Develop and implement a solar energy pilot project on airport owned property by June 2010.

D-2. Develop and implement a bio-fuel and/or methane-to-energy pilot project at a wastewater treatment plant by June 2010

ENV.5 Collaborate with local and regional public and private partners and neighborhoods to enhance environmental quality and long-term sustainability A. Continue collaboration and actively participate in public and private sector partnership's environmental and visioning initiatives A. Continue collaboration and participation with Centralina Council of Governments (COG), Duke Energy, UNC-Charlotte, CPCC, CRVA Green Team, and other partners' current initiatives
  B. Increase awareness of the environment as a priority for the community and the organization B-1. Continue implementing the internal communications plan for City employees

B-2. Implement the external communications for Charlotte Mecklenburg citizens by the first quarter of the fiscal year

  C. Continue a leadership role in the regional water resources planning C. Lead the group with Utilities' staff as chair of the Water management Group and be actively involved in committee work in 2009
  D. In support of State recycling goals, increase single family recycling participation to achieve a 20% increase in annual tonnage of recycled materials D. Implement single-stream recycling program by July 2010
  E. Continue implementing the multi-family recycling education program E. Educate 20 non-participating multi-family property managers on the best benefits of recycling by July 2010