Like many BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), residents of Charlotte’s Historic West End live with a longstanding legacy of redlining. This has contributed to air pollution exposure from industrial zoning and highway construction that continues to impact the community today. Addressing these hazards are imperative to improve public health and advance the goal of Environmental Justice.
Mecklenburg air polluting facilities represented by the blue dots are primarily located in communities of color shaded in red and orange.
Since 2016 CleanAIRE NC has worked with community leaders to create a Green District in Charlotte’s Historic West End neighborhoods, with the goal of reducing emissions and improving community health. Hear the latest about this exciting project from Daisha Williams and Ron Ross.
Historic West End Green District lead organizers (from left to right): Ron Ross, Mattie Marshall, and William Hughes.