Friday, September 25, 2009

Charlotte's energy strategy

Tuesday night, the public's invited to a meeting at Charlotte's city-county government center uptown to discuss and share ideas for the city's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (Energy Strategy). The city got a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, and if it can develop and submit an energy strategy in 120 days it will be eligible for the first half of more than $6.4 million in grant funding.

The public workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers, then "idea sharing" in the lobby. If you can't make it you can watch it on TV on Channel 16 (if you have Time Warner Cable) or online at

Here's my 2-cents worth. If you have yours, go tell the folks next Tuesday:

1. Figure some sort of horrific punishment for office building managers who set the A/C too cold during the summer. Maybe chain them to large blocks of ice in January? Force them to pick cucumbers in 95-degree sunlight? Think of all the energy we'd save if indoor summertime temps were normal (75 or so) instead of 68. I went around with a thermometer earlier this summer and noted numerous uptown offices that were icy.

2. Change the tree ordinance to require large maturing shade trees (not teeny crape myrtles or narrow cypress trees) planted in all surface parking lots and located so that they provide shade for the parking places, especially in the afternoon. Hint from a long-time Southerner: If you can park in the shade, your car won't be 150 degrees when you get inside. The tree ordinance already requires trees, but apparently shade hasn't been much of a value, hence the shrubby little things you see.


Rebecca said...

What about saving gas by letting all kids attend their neighborhood school?

Anonymous said...

Ms. Newsom,

Since you are concerned about thermostat settings, are you going to lobby the White House to turn the heat down this winter? You do recall Rahm Emanuel stating that "you could grow orchids in there" referring to Mr. Obama's policy of cranking up the heat.

I will be interested to see your followup on this. Please report your activities and findings back in a future blog entry.


Anonymous said...

WOW, Mary is there any other aspect of my life you want to control? You have some nerve!

Anonymous said...

Enough is enough. SAY NO TO CAP AND TRADE!

Anonymous said...

Hey Mary, I know where you can put the thermometer next

Anonymous said...

You monkeys can keep jiberring about how the government wants to control your thermostat. But as soon as anything serious happens to the energy infrastructure in Charlotte, like a problem in the Colonial Pipeline, you'll be screaming and stamping your feet demanding that the government give you cheap gasoline.