Monday January 5 | Cleaning the Air

January 5, 2009 at 8:41 am | Posted in Coming Up | 4 Comments

The EPA standards for air quality will be tighter in 2009, including regulatory penalties if our region doesn’t clean up our air. As Charlotte growth continues, we’ll need to make significant behavioral changes to help the environment. We’ll talk about some of the things we can do to help the air we breathe be cleaner, and we’ll get an update on the progress of a new local group, Clean Air Works, and how they’re trying to help corporations work to clean the air.
Guests
Dave Franchina – Chairman, Regional Air Quality Board
John Eapen – VP, Environmental Health and Safety, Ruddick Corporation
Susan Patterson – Program Director, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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  1. Hellow, I’m from Bogota, Colombia (South America). My city has an initiative called “no car day” where nobody is allowed to use anything but public transportation, some people ride their bikes. We also have restrictions based on the tag numbers where we are only allowed to drive during certain hours and certain days, this is done to reduce traffic and pollution. Initiatives like this are done in third world countries; why not plan something like this in places like Charlotte?

  2. Hi!
    I think educating our high school and college students would help greatly. I am originally from Wisconsin and part of the general education curriculum was an environmental science class. When I moved here, I did not see any classes like this at UNCC. They told me it would transfer as an elective. The class I took in Wisconsin really made me realize the impact we have on our environment!

  3. i MOVED TO CHARLOOTE FROM NJ 3 YRS AGO AND THE MOST CHOCKING THING ABOUT THE CAR INSPECTIONS IS THAT THEY ARE MANAGED BY PRIVATE SHOPS!!! NOT REGULATED BY THE STATE AND “THE PASS” STANDARDS HERE ARE VERY, VERY LOW!!! SOMEONE JUST PAYS FOR THE “PASS STICKER” AND OFF TO THE STREETS THEY GO! WE WILL IMPROVE AIR QUALITY WHEN THE REGULATIONS WILL BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

  4. The finest new resource would be a complete network of paths and trails connecting all our municipalities and destinations. It would facilitate access to public transportation and get car costs off the back of lower income and enlightened folks. This infrastructure would be for bikes too since our drivers don’t respect them. NC has problems even implementing rails to trails when railroads relinquish their beds. It is part of NC heritage to resent anything pubicly owned and operated. We ourselves have been for a long time privately owned wage slaves (Now we are a spoiling excess.)and we resent visionaries trying to change things.(We got used to the “bigmen” working it out.) We could improve our health and gain access to recreation and education using such paths and walk ways (+bikeways).
    Alberto, Deanna and Sara: North Carolina already has many traits of a repressive third world dictatorship (especially the Charlotte sector where low-waged non-union manufacturing persisted so long)), so it will not be a stretch when a failed economy gives us the reduced economic conditions. The mindless worship of banks, Duke Energy and professional sports (includes NASCAR) must end before the public controls our environment.


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