Caroline is an Environmental Analyst with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, and a citizen board member of Keep Charlotte Beautiful. Her career has been dedicated to environmental stewardship of urban natural resources. She promotes data-driven solutions to today’s environmental challenges. You can often find her out cleaning up a waterway, road, or park, tending her community garden plot, fostering kittens with the Humane Society, or feeding her two constantly hungry cats.
Litter management and especially plastic waste mitigation starts at the source, in the heart of our urban communities. This project will create a sculpture piece to be placed along Charlotte area greenways that would turn litter pickup into a game. The object is to fill the sculpture as quickly as possible, by collecting litter along the path, nearby streams, and surrounding neighborhoods, one individual piece and person at a time. Additionally, there will be signage along the path directing users to sculpture as well as the nearest existing trash receptacles, and a colorful redesign of plain, existing trash receptacles to make them more obvious and draw in users. Finally, I will incorporate a crowd sourcing indicator of full trash receptacles, where pathway users can scan a receptacle and it will alert maintenance staff of the need to remove the trash.