CHARLOTTE – A group of Davidson College students, known as the Sustainability Scholars, recently shared ideas with Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter about the city’s sustainability efforts.

“The purpose of Sustainability Scholars is to engage students with the community on three different levels, within the nonprofit, government and private sectors,” said Marcus Carson, sustainability coordinator for the college.  

Clodfelter sat down with the students for an informal conversation about how Charlotte can improve existing efforts. 

“Our conversation with the mayor provided insight into Charlotte’s history and local areas that have grown as models for future sustainability,” said rising senior Tommy Fang. “It was great to speak with a Davidson grad in a position of influence, and I look forward to seeing how Charlotte’s sustainable future unfolds.” 

Clodfelter asked students for ideas and shared issues facing city leaders. 

“As we threw out our suggestions for improving Charlotte’s sustainability measures, Mayor Clodfelter not only listened but engaged with us,” said Polly Ukrop, a rising senior. “He discussed the challenges and opportunities that present themselves with each of these ideas and encouraged us to help him make the change.”