To realize the goals and recommendations set forth in the Resolution and the SEAP requires internalization of knowledge and a structured approach to sustainability and resilience within the City. A dedicated team is recommended to help guide Charlotte towards the low carbon, resilient future determined by the resolution.
Step 1: Appoint a team leader in FY19
A team leader is needed that has a personal interest in sustainability and resilience and will oversee all of the work of the CREDIT team. This person will demonstrate leadership and need to work closely with the team, especially the Energy Ambassador. This person will engage with a wide variety of people, will have international awareness and a proven ability to win funds, and coordinate projects and programs. This role requires a unique blend of technical awareness combined with strong communication abilities.
Step 2: Identify citywide Energy Ambassador in FY19
Working closely with CREDIT’s team leader will be an entrepreneurial, solution driven Energy Ambassador. This person will be responsible for focusing largely on projects and have a strong knowledge base within the energy sector. They will be championed by the team leader. This working relationship will be key to the successful implementation of the SEAP. The Ambassador will work with external experts and will be the designer of the Resilient Innovation Districts, as outlined in Action Area 4.
Step 3: Assemble team in FY19
It is recommended that CREDIT is formed of representatives from existing teams: including the sustainability team, SFOT, and individuals within departments. CREDIT will need to operate across City Government Departments. CREDIT’s team members should be recruited based on their skills, knowledge, and personalities. While assembling the team, it is important to specify roles, responsibilities, and reporting requirements for each team member.
Step 4: Arrange for project management training for all team members as appropriate in FY20
CREDIT’s members will require training in project management to maintain consistency and oversight.