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Updates from the City of Charlotte

July 16, 2014



News Around the Crown

AC&C Cat Adoption Announcement 

Mayor Shares Economic Impact of BLE


City Competes in National Energy Challenge

The City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) have joined together to compete in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Team Challenge! This competition pits building against building from across the country to see who can reduce energy use the most.

This year, EPA invited groups of five or more buildings to compete in teams. The Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and CMS team chose seven buildings to battle it out against the more than 5,500 buildings and more than 100 teams across the country. The ultimate goal is to see who can save the most energy in one year.

The buildings that are competing in this year's Team Challenge are:

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
  • Old City Hall
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Headquarters
  • Wallace Kuralt Center
  • Irwin Avenue Open Elementary School
  • Metro School
  • First Ward Creative Arts Academy

As competitors, all three organizations will measure and track their building's monthly energy consumption, make improvements to building energy performance, and share progress. The team competitors that demonstrate the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use intensity will be recognized in April 2015.  

Don’t forget to check out the Power2Charlotte website to check on the team’s progress.

Northeast Transportation Public Meeting

The City of Charlotte will host a transportation update meeting for the Newell Area on Thursday, July 31. There will be representatives in attendance from various City departments and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to provide a formal presentation and answer citizen questions.

Transportation Update Meeting
Newell Presbyterian Church (1500 Rocky River Road West)
6 - 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
(Formal presentation begins at 6 p.m. sharp)

Several transportation projects identified in the Newell area including the Rail line Double Track Project, Old Concord Road/Grier Road Intersection, City Boulevard extension, Rocky River Road, Orr Road, Back Creek Church Road and the LYNX Blue Line Extension light rail will be reviewed. The meeting will provide a clearer understanding of each project and the coordination taking place amongst the City and State.

Band Together

Tired of Cankerworms Ruining Your Season?

On August 6, Neighborhood & Business Services (NBS) will host a tree banding grant information session and roundtable discussion. 

  • Learn how your neighborhood can apply for grant funding worth up to $3,000, courtesy of the Neighborhood Matching Grants program
  • Hear from local tree banding vendors
  • Learn more about cankerworms from the City of Charlotte's arborist
  • Learn ways to bring your entire neighborhood together for a fun tree banding event

The information session will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 6 at 600 East Trade Street. All neighborhoods in Charlotte are eligible to apply for a tree banding grant.

Please RSVP to NBS Neighborhood Resources Liaison Louise Bhavnani at by Friday, August 1. Click here for more information about ways you can help control the fall cankerworm population.


Sing the Jingle Contest Extended!

It's flood season and we're encouraging you to spread the word about safety! Storm Water Services wants you to videotape yourself - or a group of friends - singing the “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” jingle for a chance to win an iPad or other great prizes!

To learn more about the contest, visit