What started out as a pedestrian piece of legislation that then became a controversial headline-maker that would have scrapped the most popular form of sustainable building certification for North Carolina government projects has morphed yet again.
This year, significantly fewer Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design projects specified the use of wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
A recent report issued by GreenBiz Group found FSC wood was used in only 26 percent of new LEED construction in 2011, down from 41 percent last year.
The Charlotte City Council has rejected a proposed change to the Post Construction Controls Ordinance that would remove what city staff members says is a duplicative natural area requirement. The vote was 7-2 against, with Councilmen David Howard and Andy Dulin opposing the measure. Staff members said the PCCO’s natural area requirement is duplicative of [...]
Langtree at the Lake’s developers say they’re focused on not just adhering to — but surpassing — environmental regulations as site work on the first phase of their nearly 400-acre project comes to a close. In the meantime, environmentalists are keeping a close eye on the project, watching for signs of erosion into Lake Norman. [...]
How Charlotte can create a sustainable urban core and attract green-minded companies will be the subject of an upcoming Urban Land Institute Charlotte district event. Creating a Global Model for Sustainability will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Charlotte County Club, 2465 Mecklenburg Ave. Vincent Davis, director of Duke Energy’s Smart Energy [...]
Ron Morgan used to be an architect and developer who took the buildings that symbolized the past of the Charlotte region — textile mills and furniture plants — and redesigned them as temples to urbanism and an eco-conscious future. But, at 70, he reluctantly admits those days are behind him. Morgan’s career has come to [...]
The controversial Monroe connector-bypass project is one step closer to becoming a reality. On Monday, North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti and North Carolina Turnpike Authority Executive Director David Joyner signed the $367.7 million design-build contract for the 19.7-mile toll road. The contract has been awarded to Monroe Bypass Constructors, a joint venture [...]
The controversial Monroe Connector/Bypass project is one step closer to being reality. Today, North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti and North Carolina Turnpike Authority Executive Director David Joyner signed the $367.7 million design-build contract for the 19.7-mile toll road. The contract has been awarded to Monroe Bypass Constructors, a joint venture of North [...]
The Charlotte City Council is expected to revisit a divisive proposal that would eliminate the natural area from the city’s Post Construction Controls Ordinance during its meeting Nov. 28. The proposal would do away what city staffers say is a requirement duplicative of the city’s tree ordinance. But opponents to the change have argued that [...]
The Southern Environmental Law Center is challenging a ruling that paves the way for the more than $700 million Monroe Bypass project to move forward. On Monday, the SELC filed an appeal in federal court after U.S. District Court Judge James Dever III said an environmental-impact study was done properly. The appeal was filed on behalf of Clean [...]