The Charlotte Regional Environmental Network [CREN]

The Charlotte Regional Environmental Network [CREN] is a collective of nonprofit and government environmental organizations. The group meets bi-monthly to share sustainability-related initiatives and events and helps cross promote similar areas of focus to generate greater community involvement and awareness.

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Sustain Charlotte

Sustain Charlotte is a nonprofit organization helping to advance a region-wide sustainability movement by serving as a catalyst for change.  Our mission is to inspire choices that lead to a healthier and more vibrant community for generations to come.

Sustainability is the new driving factor affecting the economic well-being, quality of life, population trends, public health, environmental conditions and other measures of regional vitality.  But the Charlotte region lags behind other metro areas in terms of sustainability, nor is there any one entity taking a long-term, regional perspective or leadership role in this important area. Sustain Charlotte was formed in January 2010 to fill this void.

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Clean Water for North Carolina

Since 1984 Clean Water for North Carolina (CWFNC, formerly the Clean Water Fund of North Carolina) has worked for clean, safe communities and workplaces with hundreds of communities and thousands of North Carolinians. CWFNC is a private non-profit membership organization serving residents across the state of North Carolina.

CWFNC researches environmental problems, analyzes public policy, and educates and empowers people to be confident and active in their communities. We spearhead statewide action and help local communities develop strategies to address threats to their environment and health.

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The Pamlico-Tar River Foundation

The Pamlico-Tar River Foundation was founded in 1981. It is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and promoting the environmental quality of the Tar-Pamlico River and its watershed. PTRF is a grassroots organization, supported by nearly 2,500 citizen members River Givers.

The Pamlico-Tar River is the lifeblood of the people and communities who live within its watershed. PTRF continues a 30-year tradition of monitoring and protecting the river through:

  • Education of individuals and groups
  • Advocacy for enforcement of existing laws
  • The development of new legislation and
  • Conducting research that monitors and evaluates the health of the river.

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The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation (CRF) was formed in 1997. It is an award winning 501(c)(3) non-profit operating in the 24 counties of the Catawba-Wateree River watershed in North and South Carolina. The Catawba Riverkeeper Program is the only environmental organization to receive three Best of Charlotte Awards for “Best Effort to Improve the Environment” in 1999, 2000 and 2004.

CRF seeks to maintain its independence by remaining a member supported non-profit organization with administrative headquarters in Charlotte, NC. CRF is not a government agency.  We train and lead six locally based Covekeeper Programs on Lake James, Lake Hickory, Lake Norman, Mountain Island Lake, Lake Wylie and Lake Wateree. Our Lake Norman Covekeepers manage an Island Keeper Program that has removed trash from Lake Normans 42 islands since 2002.  We also have trained volunteers through our Covewatcher, Streamwatcher, Waterwatcher and Muddy Water Watch programs.  In addition, we operate a youth kayaking program and lead periodic family paddling trips.  We are licensed by the Waterkeeper Alliance, Inc.

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Environment North Carolina

Environment North Carolina is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. We believe there’s something special about North Carolina — something worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Whether its watching for sea turtles at Cape Hatteras or taking in the views along the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolinas natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways.

Yet the places we love and the environmental values so many of us share are too often threatened by powerful industries, shortsighted politicians and more. Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action. That’s the idea behind Environment North Carolina. Together with thousands of supporters from all walks of life, we take the kind of action that wins tangible results for our environment.

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