Claire Naisby ’12 is helping the City of Charlotte plan for a future that includes an increasing number of electric vehicles. through an internship with Davidson’s new Sustainability Scholars Program, she was assigned to work as project manager of the city’s electric Vehicle program.
Charlotte had installed 26 electric vehicle charging stations in seven locations around town, which are available free of charge to electric motorists. Naisby was assigned to gather data on the program’s cost to the city and to help determine whether the no-cost policy could be maintained. she developed a cost analysis for the charging stations, calculated greenhouse gas savings, and presented her findings to the Charlotte City Council.
Naisby’s interest in the project grew from her major in environmental science through Davidson’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. though her research focused on developing countries, Naisby saw the value in acting locally. “I felt like i shouldn’t be preaching to other countries about sustainability when we have so much to improve right here,” she said. “I decided the best place to start is right here in Charlotte.”
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