Currently the City of Charlotte's carbon footprint is around 12 tons of CO2e (**carbon dioxide equivalent) per person per year.
Today the Charlotte City Council votes on a resolution to move away from energy production using coal and oil and become a low carbon city by 2050, through nuclear and renewable energy.
The ultimate goal of this resolution is, "to bring city-wide greenhouse gas emissions to below 2 tons CO2e per person annually"
Next steps: the City of Charlotte is working on a Strategic Energy Action Plan to achieve this goal. A short term goal, City of Charlotte strives to use zero carbon sources, for all energy use in their buildings and fleet vehicles.
I encourage you to take action and email your support of the Sustainable and Resilient Charlotte Resolution to City Council members before 6:00pm today! Clean Air Carolina, a fellow supporter, has the City Council member's contact information and several talking points to include about why this resolution will benefit Charlotte.
Update: The Resolution was approved!
*Full resolution here
**"CO2e, or carbon dioxide equivalent, is a standard unit for measuring carbon footprints. The idea is to express the impact of each different greenhouse gas in terms of the amount of CO2 that would create the same amount of warming. That way, a carbon footprint consisting of lots of different greenhouse gases can be expressed as a single number." source