FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 31, 2012
Contact: Nicole Storey, Community Energy Conservation Coordinator
704-336-2929 - firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Charlotte’s environmental projects and milestones will be featured as part of the Legacy Village, which opens during Monday’s CarolinaFest. The Legacy Village is located in the Gantt Lot adjacent to the Gantt Museum between Tryon and College Streets. The Village is open Monday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and then Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The City’s community based programs and services are aimed at increasing the quality of life for residents
and encouraging economic prosperity. In 2010 the City expanded this effort by incorporating environmental sustainability initiatives with the development of the Neighborhood Energy Challenge and Commercial Building
Part of the Power2Charlotte campaign and funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the goal of these programs is to create jobs, improve the energy efficiency of structures and inspire sustainable behaviors. To date these programs have leveraged more than $7.4 million dollars in private investment and are on track to achieve retrofit of more than 1,300 apartments, 1,380 homes and 540,000 sq.
ft. of non-residential space. They have also provided for the creation of Sustainable Vision Plans for 18 diverse neighborhoods throughout Charlotte.
The City’s exhibit within the Legacy Village will tell the story of these programs through videos and other
materials. Sustainable giveaways will be available including low flow showerheads, LED flashlights, wristbands, tote bags made from recycled billboard prints and other items.
Visitors can also take the interactive tour of Charlotte’s green footprint by way of the Charlotte Green
Tour, an application that presents the environmental story as “themes” based on the categories of: Energy, Water, Solid Waste, Air & Transportation, Parks & Green Space, and Envision Charlotte sites. The Green Tour application is available as a mobile tour that generates a walking route for use in Uptown Charlotte or as desktop computer story map version. To learn more about Charlotte’s energy and environmental initiatives, visit www.power2charlotte.com.
The Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established by the city of Charlotte to fulfill obligations of the master contract with the Democratic National Convention Committee. In addition to those obligations, Charlotte in 2012 will host CarolinaFest 2012, a free family friendly Labor Day Celebration that will occur in Uptown Charlotte to kick off the convention. During CarolinaFest and the convention, the Legacy Village will highlight efforts by the community and our partners to support Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx’s convention legacy programs. The Legacy Village will be home to engaging exhibits and fun activities that will inspire festival goers to take steps to become involved in their communities and carry these legacies forward.
The four convention legacy programs are; Healthy Children, Healthy Families; Youth Employment and Civic Education; Building a Broader, More Inclusive Economy; and Energy, Technology, and Sustainability. For more information, visit www.CarolinaFest2012.com.