“At the Innovation Barn east of Uptown Charlotte, zero waste is the motto. There’s a glass bottle pulverizer that turns bottles into sand for concrete and gardening. In another building, there’s a plastics lab that can recycle plastic food containers and other plastics that aren’t recycled in Mecklenburg County. Everything has a purpose at the Innovation Barn.”
Charlotte's Innovation Barn promotes a better future through a 'circular economy'
June 30, 2023
“If you can keep stuff out of the landfill, you can turn it into innovations, which turns into jobs,” executive director Amy Aussieker said. “So when you tell city leaders you can take trash and make jobs, they’re like, ‘Oh, we’re in. Sign us up.'”
8 eco-friendly things to do at Charlotte’s Innovation Barn
April 24, 2023
“If you want to understand sustainability or how you can make a difference, there is no other place you could go to other than here to learn about it and engage with other like-minded people,’ Innovation Barn, Envision Charlotte executive director Amy Aussieker tells me.”
Environmentally: Beehives fit for a queen coming to Charlotte
March 29, 2023
“We are proud to work with Envision Charlotte and Bee Downtown to support biodiversity through this beehive project. We believe strongly in the importance of environmental education and the honey bee is one of nature’s best examples for how to live sustainably and produce zero waste,’ said Kathleen Price, sustainability risk executive at Ally.”
Change Please Coffee Opens in Charlotte’s Belmont Neighborhood
March 23, 2023
“Change Please deploys a “hand-up versus handout” recipe for disrupting the cycle of homelessness, which starts with employing unhoused individuals and giving on-the-job, expert barista training selling Change Please coffee for double the minimum wage.”
Inside Charlotte’s First ‘Circular Economy’ Project at Innovation Barn
August 28, 2022
“For the past year, a nonprofit called Envision Charlotte has used the city-owned property as a kind of laboratory to experiment with an idea that’s taken hold in small ways around the world: a “circular economy,” which aims to recycle materials—including organic and industrial waste, plastics, and textiles—as thoroughly and often as possible.”
Squaring the Circle: An Innovation Barn, Urban Lumber, And Food Forests
June 30, 2022
“Between creating a circular economy and energy monitoring and efficiency, Envision Charlotte has already helped the city of Charlotte and local companies save millions of dollars while also having a significant impact on carbon reduction.”
After years of work, Envision Charlotte's Innovation Barn prepared for summer opening
June 25, 2021
“The facility is a partnership between the nonprofit and the city as part of the Circular Charlotte plan to produce zero waste. The 36,000-square-foot facility will house and showcase local businesses that produce zero waste.”
The plastic bag is doomed. Here are better alternatives backed by Walmart and Target
Feb 16, 2021
“One interesting approach is called SmartC. It’s not just a new reusable bag (made from ethically sourced fibers), but an accompanying digital platform that transforms your reusable bag into a more precious object with a meaningful history.”
Envision Charlotte creates PPE out of plastic containers
July 15, 2020
“This is one of those things that you can have a direct impact on keeping things out of the landfill, understanding what can be recycled and can’t be recycled, and putting them into cool programs like this.”
Hey, you, ordering that takeout: You can recycle your containers into PPE in Charlotte
July 14, 2020
“While the [nonprofit] can’t fix your Netflix addiction, it’s seeking to turn your love of Charlotte’s culinary scene into PPE for Charlotteans on the front lines of the coronavirus fight in hospitals and companies around the Queen City.”
'It's not trash, it's treasure' | Charlotte nonprofit using recycled material for PPE
May 27, 2020
“he country can’t seem to get enough PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment. In Charlotte, a new nonprofit group is throwing their ingenuity into face shield frames before they even get their building finished.”
Charlotte launches Send Me on My Way recycling initiative
September 28, 2019
“Envision Charlotte and the City of Charlotte have partnered with Sealed Air, Coca-Cola Consolidated and the Charlotte Area Transit System for Send Me on My Way, a campaign to educate residents and increase recycling rates.”
“Charlotte has made a bold commitment: be the first US city to adopt a circular economy striving towards zero waste and inclusivity. We will strive to use our resources that are now destined for the landfill as the basis for future innovation and job creation.”
Initiative’s aim: Turn trash into treasure Innovation Barn touts recycle economy
May 2, 2019
“UNC Charlotte seniors demonstrated their architecture project, Sweet Little Brewhouse, turning a discarded building on the Innovation Barn site into a coffee shop. It serves as an example of what Envision Charlotte and the city hope to accomplish at the Innovation Barn.”
Charlotte’s Plan to Teach Itself How to Make Green from Being Green
November 1, 2018
“We see this as more than an environmental program,” says Victoria Johnson, director of Solid Waste Services for the City of Charlotte. “We believe this has the ability to brand the City of Charlotte as a place for innovation. We also see it as an opportunity to advance economic opportunity, entrepreneurship and generate revenue. These are all priorities for the project.”
$2.3bn Potential for Circular Economy in Charlotte, North Carolina
October 30, 2018
“Envision Charlotte Executive Director Amy Aussieker added: “This initiative aligns perfectly with Envision Charlotte’s mission to create a more sustainable and efficient community… We are excited to create an Innovation Center where we can advance Circular Charlotte via communicating, impacting and empowering.”
Charlotte, North Carolina launches circular economy plan
October 26, 2018
“The innovation lab will be ‘ground zero for our circular economy,’ Envision Charlotte Executive Director Amy Aussieker told Waste Dive. “Entrepreneurs will be given space and materials and guidance to start their business and help it grow.”
“The city of Charlotte, N.C., announced its plan to launch Circular Charlotte, a new, regenerative economic model designed to produce zero waste and to generate hundreds of jobs and significant revenue.”
Charlotte launches economic model designed to create jobs
October 21, 2018
“The Circular Charlotte initiatives will help Charlotte address key issues impacting the entire city – economic and social mobility,” City Manager Marcus Jones said. “We fully expect Circular Charlotte, along with the work we do, to help us become the epicenter for people and cities to learn how to experiment, create and innovate.”
City of Charlotte looks to become global sustainability leader through Circular Charlotte
October 18, 2018
“These are the kind of things a city that wants to be on the cutting edge needs to be working on,” [Council member Larken] Egleston said. “In terms of the environment and sustainability, we want places where people can have an idea and plant that seed and let it grow.”
Envision Charlotte EcoNetwork Speaker Series February 1, 2018
Envision Charlotte is excited to host social entrepreneur, industrial ecologist and Metabolic CEO and founder, Eva Gladek, as she discusses a new paradigm for equitable sustainability, the circular economy. How can trash make money and create jobs? How can Charlotte design a new and equitable economic model that addresses citizens needs and creates mobility opportunities, all while creating a more sustainable environment? Drawing on her experience consulting with communities, utilities, industry and local governments around the world, Eva will discuss ways to waste less while creating new jobs and revenue streams, and empower more equitable urban transformation in Charlotte and around the world.
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Envision Charlotte EcoNetwork Speaker Series September-19, 2017
Following up on the first successful ECO Network Speaker Series event, Envision Charlotte hosted a panel discussion on air quality and climate action at the local level. A cross-sector panel of local and international experts discussed air quality and its effects on our community. The event, “Something in the Air: Improving Air Quality Through Community Partnerships”, integrated individual behavior change and engagement components alongside educational information and networking opportunities.
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Envision Charlotte joins other American communities, corporations, institutions, local governments, non-profit organizations and philanthropies in affirming our resolve to move forward in building a sustainable future for generations to come.
Eco-Network Speaker Series Launches with ``Global Engagement and Circular Economy Lecture``
Envision Charlotte’s Eco-Network Speakers Series Launches with “Global Engagement and Circular Economy” Lecture from Dutch Ambassador.
At a community-wide event in April, part of Envision Charlotte’s newly launched Eco-Network Speakers Series, His Excellency Henne Schuwer, Dutch Ambassador to the United States, discussed the circular economy as a lens through which to view fresh approaches to addressing pressing ecological and economic challenges.
At Placemeter, we talk a lot about “smart cities”. Often, big projects in big cities come to mind.
Paris is redesigning plazas for pedestrians. Dubai is putting LED-powered internet in its street lights. Amsterdam, a pioneer in the field, is developing an all-encompassing master plan called Structural Vision Amsterdam 2040. Yokohama, Japan’s Smart City Project, is forecasting energy usage. And New York City, our hometown, is consistently at the leading edge with exciting projects like Link NYC and Vision Zero.
White House Announces Envision Charlotte to Host Launch of National Envision America Initiative in January 2016
Charlotte, NC – The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has tapped Envision Charlotte as the model for a national smart cities initiative named Envision America that will launch in the Queen City in January, 2016.
TWC News anchor Rob Boisvert talks with Envision Charlotte director Amy Aussieker about the innovative ideas about smart cities and sustainability being presented at the Envision America workshop.
This week, Charlotte will host a three-day workshop for Envision America, an effort that will bring municipal leaders, smart technology experts and private sector allies from 10 major U.S. cities together. The goal? To kick start smart city initiatives across the country. And they’re coming here to Charlotte to learn from us.
The Obama administration has chosen Envision Charlotte as the model for the Envision America energy efficiently program,according to The Charlotte Observer. The city will host a boot camp on January 10 for selected cities.
Envision Charlotte to become national program in 2016
Envision Charlotte is going national, with an assist from the White House. The energy-efficiency program started here in 2011 with alliances among major companies and property owners uptown. Now the program is going to become a national model.
There’s been much discussion lately about the potential of “smart cities” and connecting data to help make communities more efficient, productive, sustainable and secure. But actual examples of smart city projects with documented results are sometimes difficult to find, at least in the U.S. For many cities, it’s a matter of cost.
Sustainability is something we hear a lot about and many of us try to make little changes to our daily habits, conserving resources and using energy in smart ways. And it turns out, cities are doing the same thing.
For the first time, more than half of the world’s population lives in towns and cities, demonstrating a trend of ever-expanding urban centers. As city populations grow, the demand for city services increases, particularly straining energy and water.
Why would the ability of machines talking to machines benefit cities? Well if the machines are talking about how to better use resources such as electricity and water, then it’s a conversation that city administrators want to hear.
Envision Charlotte: Building an Energy Cluster (Abridged)
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Envision: Charlotte Announced at Clinton Global Initiative
NEW YORK – Duke Energy, Cisco and Charlotte Center City Partners today announced the creation of Envision: Charlotte, a first-of-its-kind public-private collaboration to make commercial buildings in Charlotte’s urban core more energy efficient.