Shannon Binns, Sustain Charlotte Executive Director

Presentation Title: Charlotte-Mecklenburg 2014: A Report Card on Our Economic, Environmental, and Social Health

Shannon Binns will speak as a part of the Geography and Earth Sciences (GES) Department Speaker Series ( about progress on a comprehensive sustainability report card for Charlotte-Mecklenburg, an overview of Sustain Charlotte, and how Sustain Charlotte treats the question of sustainability.  He is the founder and Executive Director of Sustain Charlotte. Prior to moving to Charlotte in 2007, Shannon worked at The Nature Conservancy in Washington, DC where he was part of their climate change science and policy team. Shannon has also served as an agroforestry volunteer with the Peace Corps in Senegal, helped found a tsunami relief organization in Thailand, and served communities across the Northeast US as a member of AmeriCorps. In the private sector, Shannon has worked as an industrial engineer for Motorola, General Motors, and Trane. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. He is a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program’s Southeast Network and a former Supervisor on the Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation Board. Shannon is also an adjunct professor in the Sustainable Technologies program at Central Piedmont Community College.  He will be hosted by GES faculty member Jean-Claude Thill.