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Sustainable Environment for Quality of Life (SEQL)

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SEQL is an initiative in the rapidly growing 15-county Charlotte, NC/Rock Hill, SC region to support the region's effort to develop integrated and sustainable long-range plans to ensure economic development, a clean environment and positive quality of life for its future. The program is addressing multiple issues, including air and water quality (criteria and toxic air pollutants), transportation, land use, energy use, and economic development. SEQL is funded by a grant from the EPA to Centralina Council of Governments in cooperation with Catawba Regional Council of Governments. We are using an ORD program called ReVA, or Regional Vulnerability Assessment, to perform an integrated assessment of these issues.

The project is structured in three phases:

Phase 1: Developed Regional Environmental Concern: a process to raise awareness among elected officials and others on the need to work together to address growth challenges (2002 - 2002).

Phase 2: Demonstrated Early Successes: implementation of action items for air quality, water quality and quality growth (2003).

Phase 3: Developing Integrated Environmental Approach: development of tools of integration for local planning and evaluation of future growth scenarios using EPA state-of-the-art program called ReVA (stands for Regional Vulnerability Assessment) (2004-2005).


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