Lead Performer: Envision Charlotte
-- University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
-- City of Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
-- Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – Arlington, VA
-- Charlotte Center City Partners – Charlotte, NC
DOE Total Funding: $500,000
Cost Share: $576,783
Project Term: July 15, 2015 to July 14, 2018
Funding Opportunity: Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings (2015)


Envision Charlotte is a first-of-its-kind public-private collaboration dedicated to making commercial buildings in Charlotte’s urban core more energy efficient. Expanding beyond its existing portfolio of 61 buildings in Uptown Charlotte, Envision Charlotte aims to achieve a 20% aggregate energy reduction in more than 200 buildings by 2018.

The project is centered on a two-tiered approach that first targets operational energy savings and then seeks to determine capital improvements that enhance energy performance and increase property value. The project also incorporates a comprehensive behavioral change component as a vehicle for broad sustainability messaging and engagement to ensure that investments achieve their full potential over the long term.


By enabling building energy-use reductions in the Greater Charlotte Area, Envision Charlotte will:

  • Reduce the cost of doing business in Charlotte, resulting in the creation of greater economic development and environmental benefits
  • Serve as a replicable model for other urban business cores
  • Capitalize on current momentum to realize its mission to make Uptown Charlotte the most sustainable urban core in the nation


DOE Technology Manager: Priya Swamy
Lead Performer: Amy Aussieker, executive director, Envision Charlotte
Principal Investigator: Mac McCord, project manager, Envision Charlotte

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