In August 2020, Sustainability and Natural Assets was added as a priority item to the Board of Commissioner’s Strategic Plan. The goal was set to, “implement and encourage innovative solutions to environmental, energy, and climate- based challenges.” To accomplish the goal, a new short-term Sustainability Committee comprised of members of the Livability Board and Planning Board was created. Their task was to propose a list of priority items for the board to consider as well as share any related budget items for the board to consider for the upcoming budget year. The committee had the opportunity to hear from the UNC Charlotte MPA Capstone Team who provided a report and list of recommendations. The committee researched numerous resources and ultimately created a “Sustainability Framework” which was presented to the Board of Commissioners at the March 23 meeting. The list of priority areas and next steps can be found at