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HEALTH & EQUITY IN THE HISTORIC WEST END GREEN DISTRICT
THURSDAY, APRIL 21
DAISHA WILLIAMS, Environmental Justice Manager
Clean AIRE NC

Like many cities in North Carolina, Charlotte harbors a deep, well-documented economic and racial divide. As a result, Historic West End (HWE) residents live in a “crescent” around the center city affected by aging housing stock, high energy burdens, proximity to major roads and industry, elevated rates of illness, and other factors leading to the community being especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and climate change. To address these challenges, the HWE Green District is a partnership between Clean AIRE NC and residents with the shared goal of developing and implementing initiatives designed to reduce air pollution, improve health, and address climate-related challenges.  In this session Environmental Justice Manager, Daisha Williams will discuss the challenges and benefits of building a healthy, empowered, and climate-resilient community.

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BENEFITS OF CONVERTING
A POND TO A WETLAND AT
RIBBONWALK NATURE PRESERVE

THURSDAY, MAY 19
ISAAC HINSON, Natural Resources Supervisor
Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation

What are the ecological benefits of a healthy wetland? Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte will demonstrate them with this innovative project at Ribbonwalk Nature Preserve. They are partnering to create and evaluate the impact of a wetland in this key urban nature preserve. This project will have multiple benefits, including stabilizing a failing pond dam and hiking trail, working with beavers to create wetland habitat, improving water quality, and researching the project’s ecological improvements.  This presentation will share the details of this showcase restoration project and the scientific research that goes with it. 

AVIAN INFLUENZA:
The Impact & Prevention at
Carolina Raptor Center

THURSDAY, JUNE 16
KRISTIN DEAN, CPBT-KA Director of Birds
Carolina Raptor Center

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza has made it's way across the country, threatening wild and captive bird populations.  Kristin will discuss what HPAI is, why it's a threat, and how it's impacted operations at CRC and other conservation facilities across the country.

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