CleanAIRE NC Advocacy

We are a broad coalition of Charlotte-area organizations working to ensure the Queen City sets ambitious climate goals and successfully meets them. Together we are improving the health of our communities by advocating for clean energy and carbon-reducing strategies.


In early 2018 the Charlotte City Council invited local leaders from the environmental, health, faith, justice, business, and government sectors to provide input on a suite of climate-related policies and commitments that eventually became the Sustainable and Resilient Charlotte by 2050 Resolution and the Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP). Now representing over 30 organizations, the community stakeholders organized themselves as the Charlotte Mecklenburg Climate Leaders (CMCL) and began meeting monthly at CleanAIRE NC’s Charlotte office. Meetings are held virtually at noon on the third Wednesday of each month.

Moving Towards a Cleaner Bus Fleet

Recognizing the urgency of the climate crisis, CMCL advocates for a swift transition away from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy and energy efficiency to meet the city’s goal of sourcing 100% of its energy use in its buildings and fleet from zero-carbon sources by 2030. This includes replacing Charlotte’s fleet of 323 buses with electric vehicles. CMCL met with City Council members, the City Manager, and other officials over the past 18 months providing them with the latest research on electric buses and urging them not to invest in diesel and natural gas-powered vehicles. In late October 2020 the Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) CEO announced that Duke Energy is in negotiations with the city to buy electric buses for CATS. This is a major win for the Charlotte community and CMCL is glad to have played a role in facilitating this clean air transition.

Supporting Community Climate Goals

CMCL members also sit on the SEAP’s four external content groups: Energy Generation, Workforce Development, Buildings, and Transportation, to create and support strategies that will help the city meet its community-wide goal of becoming a low carbon city by 2050, spanning all sectors, to bring city-wide greenhouse gas emissions to below 2 tons CO2e per person annually. 

In May 2021, CMCL hosted the Greening Our Faith Communities Summit. The coalition also created the NC Climate Ambassadors, a partnership with ecoAmerica’s Path to Positive Communities which provides training and resources to engage more North Carolinians in community dialogue and advocacy about climate change’s impact on the state and solutions that can be implemented now.


Calendar of Events


PEPH 2024 | Climate Change and Environmental Justice: Engaging Diverse Teams

9:00 am - 5:00 pmThe National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

2024 Minority Health Conference

9:00 am - 4:30 pmFriday Conference Center

Carbon Plan Public Hearing: Asheville

7:00 pm - 8:00 pmBuncombe County Courthouse

Carbon Plan Public Hearing: Charlotte

7:00 pm - 8:00 pmMecklenburg County Courthouse

Steering Committee Members

Member Organizations

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