Greenest Neighborhoods In Charlotte
Communities groups and neighborhoods are now embracing sustainable development to increase quality of life and minimize communal ecological footprints for Charlotte burrows. Check out the greenest neighborhoods in Charlotte dedicated to sustainability practices for the benefit of its residents and the Queen City community.
Already mentioned in “Top Five Green Buildings In Charlotte,” the Celadon complex is also one of the greenest neighborhood developments in Charlotte. The only certified LEED-Neighborhood Development in Charlotte and one of the few in the southeast, Celadon is positioned on The Little Sugar Creek Greenway and provides highly accessible biking and walking routes for its residents. Also within walking distance are hundreds of bus lines to transport residents around town. The complex features many elements of sustainable design, and the building’s infrastructure allows for high energy efficiency and lower utility bills. The success of the green mixed-use townhomes are pioneering and inspiring further sustainable developments in Charlotte area.
Winner of Charlotte’s Neighborhood Energy Challenge, the EcoDistrict is a leader in green neighborhoods for the Charlotte region. Selected to raise awareness about energy efficiency, the EcoDistrict received an $80,000 grant to retrofit homes with more effective weatherization, insulation, HVAC systems and other infrastructure components. This project also helped encourage community engagement through light bulb swaps, bike education courses and bus route overviews. For example, the EcoDistrict offers bicycle programs that teach residents about safety and maintenance while encouraging this alternative form of transportation. Community leaders within the EcoDistrict understand that sustainable practices and quality of life influence each other and want to increase recycling programs, local food operations and jobs for their community.
Home to the beloved Penguin Drive-In, Plaza Midwood features a community garden, ample amounts of green space and bike- and pedestrian-friendly roads. Since 2005, the Midwood Community Garden encourages community participation by planting native plants and educating volunteer gardeners about composting and riparian habitats. Neighborhood leaders promote tree branding, a technique that discourages cankerworm infestation that causes detrimental damages. Competing with the EcoDistrict, Plaza Midwood also took part in the Neighborhood Energy Challenge but chose to focus on increasing bike-friendly infrastructure and giving energy-efficient items to its residents. Plaza Midwood is a quaint, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood for the Charlotte community that has employed community involvement to advance its sustainability practices.
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Isabel Sepkowitz is a freelance writer. She is an environmentalist who values sustainability, education, and innovation for the emerging green economy. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.