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Town of Davidson’s Rural Area Plan Wins
Sustain Charlotte Award


Sustain Charlotte, a local nonprofit dedicated to educating, engaging, and uniting citizens to solve the Charlotte region’s sustainability challenges, recognized area citizens and organizations for their innovative work to address regional environmental, economic, and equity challenges. Awards were presented to nine winners before a crowd of 300 at the 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration on Wednesday, April 26 in Charlotte. Local nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses were recognized for helping advance Charlotte 2030:  A Sustainable Vision for Our Region, which Sustain Charlotte launched in 2010. 

The Town of Davidson was given the “Land Use” award for its recently adopted and implemented Rural Area Plan.

Awards were presented to one organization in each of eight categories: Land Use, Sustainable Economy, Energy, Food, Waste Reduction, Social Equity, Transportation, and Water. Also, one individual was recognized as an Outstanding Leader. This year’s winners are:

•    Sam Perkins (Outstanding Sustainability Leader Award)
•    O2 emc (Energy Award)
•    Insight Architects (Social Equity Award)
•    West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition (Food Award)
•    Town of Davidson (Land Use Award)
•    Free Range Brewing (Sustainable Economy Award)
•    Trips for Kids Charlotte/Charlotte Re-Cyclery (Transportation Award)
•    Leaf Burrito (Waste Reduction Award)
•    The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and College of Arts & Architecture (Water Award)

“As the Rural Area Plan was a wholly collaborative effort to create a framework to proactively balance conservation and development in the years to come, this award belongs to all of us,” said Davidson Planning Director Jason Burdette. “I'd like to specifically thank the Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners for their leadership, Town Manager Jamie Justice for his direction, guidance, and support, Senior Planner and Rural Area Plan Project Manager Trey Akers for his proactive project management, our citizens and stakeholders for their invaluable input, and Craig Lewis of Stantec for leading the team. All of us carried this across the finish line.” 

For more information on the Rural Area Plan, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/RuralAreaPlan

For more information on the event, visit the event website www.sustaincharlotte.org/awards2017 or contact Sustain Charlotte.

Sustain Charlotte is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, engaging and uniting citizens to solve Charlotte’s sustainability challenges. We inspire choices that lead to a healthy, equitable and vibrant community for generations to come. Visit www.sustaincharlotte.org for more.


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Trey Akers, Jason Burdette, and Craig Lewis
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