environment

City of Charlotte trashes plastic bags for yard waste

The city of Charlotte is banning plastic bags for the collection of yard waste (leaves, grass clippings, small limbs, brush) for sustainability reasons,...

Timeline: The latest on the awful smell along the N.C./S.C. line

A persistent stench of rotten eggs and sewage has lingered along the South Carolina-North Carolina border for months, leaving residents complaining of...

Remembering the cankerworm

What’s to miss about the cankerworm, anyhow? Certainly not their nature, or regard for our personal space. Certainly not the way they’d cling to a...

Sustainable craft beer bar coming to Belmont inside the Innovation Barn

An old horse barn in the Belmont neighborhood will soon be home to a 36,000-square-foot mixed-use space dedicated to making Charlotte a more sustainable city....

Earth Day: More waste, cleaner air, and other side effects of COVID-19 on Charlotte’s environment

Fifty years ago, on the very first Earth Day, about 30 high school and college students gathered outside what was then Charlotte’s City Hall and stood around...

Meet 14-year-old Mary Ellis Stevens, Charlotte’s own Greta Thunberg

For the last 30 Fridays, starting in the cold rain on February 22, 14-year-old activist Mary Ellis Stevens has gone out to protest. Usually it’s in front...

So you want to Adopt-A-Stream?

Some of my favorite memories growing up involve my siblings and me “exploring” the creeks near our house. Streams are their own micro-ecosystems,...