CONGRATULATIONS TO CHARLOTTE!
CROWN is very proud to announce that with our partners, we have certified the City of Charlotte as a Community Wildlife Habitat in 2015. This special designation makes Charlotte the largest city east of the Mississippi to be certified by the National Wildlife Federation and the 3rd largest in the US.
Community Wildlife Habitat™, a national recognition program for neighborhoods, towns, cities, and counties, recognizes and celebrates community-wide efforts to green landscapes and buildings, improve air and water quality, restore vital wildlife habitat and improve the health and well-being of inhabitants--one property at a time. There's room for lots more conservation projects, habitat creation and environmental education, and we want you to join in!
CROWN's vice president, Dawn Anderson, began the extensive qualification process in 2013 to participate and take actionable steps to make a difference here in Charlotte, for wildlife and the environment. These actions are not only important for today but will also impact future generations of citizens that will live, work, and play in the greater Charlotte community. National Wildlife Federation and the North Carolina Wildlife Federation advocate for the wise use of our land and natural resources which must include providing for wildlife and their habitat.
Our celebration will take place in Marshall Park, near uptown Charlotte. Click for Marshall Park details.
Key Benefits of Community Certification
- Raise our community profile as a greener community for residents, businesses and organizations seeking new place to locate
- Re-establishes our human connection to the natural world, the land and wildlife
- Improve the quality of life in our community by taking actionable steps to improve water and air quality, reducing use of chemicals and pesticides, and reducing heat island impacts by adding more native green spaces by creating wildlife habitat corridors through your community. A connection to nature improves health and well-being
- Build community pride by engaging neighborhoods to work together to create habitats
- Create balance between economic growth and environmental conservation
- Increase awareness and practical applications of environmental education
- Participation fosters cooperative involvement not only within families, but also in schools, businesses, neighborhoods, places of worship and other organizations.
- Has long lasting impact on our region's environment as we continue each year to maintain our certification with NWF.
- Need some additional help in getting started? Visit the NWF Garden for Wildlife and sign up for their newsletter: