Earth Day 2018

The City of Charlotte is committed to the environment and encourages residents to become partners in sustainability. Thanks for being part of the discussion about how the city stewards environmental resources and celebrating Earth Day 2018 with us. 

LEED O+M Certification of Old City Hall

​​LEED Certification of Old City Hall

The Old City Hall building at 600 E. Trade St. was constructed long before energy efficiency was a concept, let alone a discipline. Now, as part of the city’s drive to create sustainable facilities, Team Charlotte, led by the Engineering & Property Management (E&PM) department, is coming together for the LEED: Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) certification of Old City Hall.

The LEED certification of Old City Hall will make it the eighth city facility to achieve this industry standard of sustainability and the first LEED O+M facility. By focusing on its operations and maintenance, the city helps ensure this older facility has reduced operational costs, increased efficiency and is more environmentally sensitive.

“The greenest building is the one you don’t have to build,” said Heather Bolick, energy and sustainability coordinator for E&PM. “By improving the energy efficiency, durability and environmental footprint of Old City Hall, we are making it built to last.”

On January 26, 1924, Charlotte City Council hired architect Charles Christian Hook for the construction of what was then known as Charlotte City Hall. Government agencies occupied the new facilities on October 30, 1925, and City Council held its first meeting there on November 1, 1925. The architectural importance of the building was codified on October 27, 1980, when City Hall was designated a historic property by Charlotte City Council.

The building still plays an important role in city government. It is home to several city departments, making it a place where public servants go every day to work for the betterment of their community. As such, proper stewardship and care of Old City Hall is vital.

How will the City of Charlotte accomplish LEED O+M certification?


The Building Services and Storm Water Services divisions of E&PM are exploring the possibility of retrofitting rainwater control measures, which could include a rain garden, pervious paving in the parking lot and a cistern that could be tied to the irrigation system. 


Building Services and Charlotte Water will install sensors on existing water meters to get real-time data on water usage. This allows for quick identification of water leaks and helps identify opportunities for water efficiency improvements.


Building Services is also teaming with E&PM’s Landscape Management division to improve site management plans that will include native plants that naturally occur in the area’s ecosystem and will thus require less maintenance and irrigation. Native plants also balance the ecosystem, providing habitat for native fauna.


Building Services and the city’s Procurement Management office collaborated to purchase more environmentally friendly products such as green cleaning solutions, rechargeable batteries and green electronics, which will decrease contaminants in the environment.


Building Services will be installing an energy-efficient heating system to drastically reduce the amount of energy, and thus greenhouse gases, emitted from the building.


Building Services and the city's Sustainability Office are working together to implement rechargeable household battery stations and document 90 percent waste diversion from the building.


Building Services will work with the city’s Housing & Neighborhood Services department to create signage documenting the building’s sustainable features for community education. The community will be invited to tour the building once the LEED certification process is complete.

​Community Earth Day Celebration at GovPorch

GovPorch, winner of KaBOOM!’s Play Everywhere Challenge, has reimagined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Plaza as a fun, interactive space, where people of all ages want to spend time, exercise their minds and bodies and enjoy their surroundings.

So there’s no better place to celebrate spring, learn about Charlotte’s efforts to steward natural resources well, and learn about applying green practices to daily life.

You are invited to the City of Charlotte’s Earth Day Celebration at GovPorch, 600 E. Fourth Street, on Friday, April 20, from 1-3 p.m.

Representatives from 17 organizations across Charlotte – city departments and community groups –will teach residents about sustainability topics and practices such as simple composting, alternative transportation options, water condensation filtration, pollinator plants, recycling, and much more. Many demonstrations will be hands-on and all will be family-friendly. 

It promises to be a great day. The Otis Band will perform live while attendees can enjoy a number of food trucks, King of Pops, family activities and giveaways for everyone. Bring your electronic waste to recycle. No TVs or CRT monitors. 

You do not need to register for this event. Just show up, have fun and learn something new about sustainability!

​Partner with us and take action for a sustainable community


 Earth Day News

City Sustainability Initiatives

There is a direct connection between your health and the environment. Healthy Communities is a lifestyle program, created by City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services, that offers practical, actionable steps for improving personal health and the health of the environment through reusing, upcycling, composting and recycling.

Charlotte Area Transit System riders use public transit for more than 26 million trips a year, which improves air quality by:
  • Reducing 136 million vehicle miles traveled on area roads.
  • Reducing more than a million pounds of Vox pollution, a key ingredient in ozone pollution. 
  • Removing more than 3.3 million pounds of carbon monoxide.

​Visit​​ to get on board with clean air and learn how easy it is to make a difference. 

Keep Charlotte Beautiful works closely with neighborhood organizations and homeowner groups, as well as with area businesses, schools and local governments, to create a healthier environment. KCB programs enhance the quality of life for Charlotteans by providing opportunities to maintain and improve the cleanliness and beauty of our city. 

Check out Keep Charlotte Beautiful online​ to learn about KCB programs, register to volunteer and begin makin​g a difference in your community. 
​The Charlotte Department of Transportation is currently testing the viability of dockless bike share through a one-year pilot program. Dockless bike share allows users to rent a bike from virtually anywhere through a smart-phone application and park it when their ride ends.​ Since launching in November, more than 53,000 miles have been biked through the program. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services engages nearly 3,000 volunteers each year to help improve and protect local streams and lakes. We hope you will join!

Storm Water Services offers a variety of volunteer activities that accommodate all ages and interests. Activities include: 
  • Adopt-A-Stream 
  • Storm drain marking
  • Second Saturday cleanups 
  • Tree planting/maintenance
  • Volunteer monitoring 

​Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services offers the following tips for improving surface water quality: 

Visit the City of Charlotte's website to learn more about these tips and how to turn then into action​

Oils and grease are wastes that the city's sewer system cannot handle and should not be discarded down the drain. Grease, fats, and oils will clog sewer lines, causing sewage backups and flooding the same way bad cholesterol can clog arteries. Sewage backups can damage personal and public property.