Letters of Support


First Name: John
Last Name: Bly

Dear Elected Officials,

This project takes on newer technologies in a showcase for Charlotte and it can lead the energy movement in the South East. It will impact the economy by adding jobs and bringing other energy leaders to Charlotte to learn from the project. This is a good opportunity to Charlotte to be on the forefront of the next century of energy changes.


First Name: Ed
Last Name: Stahl

Dear Elected Officials,

As a resident of Mecklenburg County, an eleven-year veteran of the renewable energy industry and someone who knows both ICM and the FCR folks from first-hand business dealings, I write to exhort you to commit your unwavering support to the ReVenture Park project and your complete confidence in the stakeholder partners. Having spent 3 years successfully guiding the development of 3 biofuels plants (over 200 million gallons capacity) that were designed and built by ICM, I would never do a project that they COULD be a part of without inviting them to do so. ICM (and especially its founder and driving force, Dave VanderGriend) are people committed to performance excellence, their plants always do what they are supposed to and they have environmental concerns at the forefront of everything they do. FCR and its parent company are the leading edge in recycling-to-energy technology. We will do well to have them as contributing stakeholders to the future well-being of our economy, environment and energy security.

Those who would oppose diverting 85% of the waste that would otherwise go into the landfill, who oppose creating electricity from non-fossil fuels, and who oppose the reclamation of a Superfund money-drain into an economy-boosting source of national pride for the Charlotte area, do so based on flagrant misinformation, by preferring nothing to something great, and by misleading those they claim to serve.

There are hundreds of marginal renewable projects being proposed around the country every day. Most will not make it, many for lack of funding. But ReVenture Park is the kind of project that WILL get financing – and it should appeal to common sense and rational thinking and should rise above political self-interests. Most importantly, ReVenture Park should not be derailed by the emotional rantings of those who would try to destroy the excellent while they seek a perfection that is not to be found.


First Name: Paul
Last Name: Picarazzi

Dear Elected Officials,
Make it happen.


First Name: Joe
Last Name: Stewart

Dear Elected Officials,

ReVenture Park is a shining example of what can happen when we begin to think outside of the box and make use of our own abundant resources while at the same time reusing and recycling fuel sources that can be turned into valuable energy that is clean and cost effective to produce. Please do not allow “special interest” groups with their own agendas to stall the progress of this history making endeavor. The rest of the country is watching and it is up to you to help make a difference.


First Name: Greg
Last Name: Dickinson

Dear Elected Officials,

I am supportive of Re Venture as we need to be working on plans, programs and facilities that reduce refuse being placed into landfills and generate renewable energy. This project will accomplish both goals and put the Charlotte community at the leading edge of tackling its waste management solutions.


First Name: Doug
Last Name: Faris

Dear Elected Officials,

I am writing to demonstrate my strongest possible support of the ReVenture Park project. As a county resident, a veteran industrial RE broker, and a citizen that is very concerned about our environmental future I applaud the efforts of Tom McKittrick and his team to fashion an outstanding “win-win” which will produce tremendous sustainable benefits to our community, the chief among these being:

  • Divert up to 80% of waste from a landfill, reducing methane gas emissions, the most damaging of all greenhouse gases
  • Increase our recycling rates to potentially the highest in the Southeast
  • Produce 20MW of electricity, enough to power 20,000 homes annually and create a corresponding offset to fossil-fuel burning, and
  • Convert a Superfund site into an eco-industrial park and reclaim the largest section of heavy industrial land in Mecklenburg County.

I urge you to approve this project which I hope will serve as a model for similar ventures around the US and globally. What a great opportunity for Mecklenburg to make a unique statement in support of the environment.

Thanks – Doug Faris


First Name: Ben
Last Name: Rojahn

Dear Elected Officials,

ReVenture Park is an incredible winning opportunity on numerous fronts. We eliminate the concept of burying garbage and instead use it to create electricity on a superfund site which would otherwise remain as a black eye for the community. This is also a natural bridge between the concepts of sending trash to landfills and recycling everything.

Sincerely,
Ben Rrojahn


First Name: Mark
Last Name: Ebersold

Dear Elected Officials,

ReVenture seems to be a “no brainer” to help the area become more energy efficient. The landfills are filling up and this strategy will help (1) disburse the waste and (2) unlock the energy within the waste. I strongly encourage you to push this project ahead.


First Name: Bryan
Last Name: Abernathy

Dear Elected Officials,

If the ReVenture Park is approved then I will become one of its closest residential neighbors. Based upon the information that has been presented to me thus far I write this letter in full approval of the ReVenture Park including the Gasifier concept of turning waste to energy. I believe this is a chance to do what’s right and to set a new standard not only in NC but the whole country. Thank you.


First Name: Jeff
Last Name: Davidson

Dear Elected Officials,

Finding low cost energy production and improving unemployment are 2 key metrics important to everyone. Transforming a useless 667 acre “brownfield” into a useful “low-cost energy producing, job creating” park should be applauded. We need entrepreneurs with long-term solutions to energy needs and a focus on jobs for our communities. Our best answer to these issues are forward-thinking, community focused people like the team of ReVenture Park.

Sincerely,
Jeff Davidson


First Name: Roger
Last Name: Hendrick

Dear Elected Officials,

I am writing on behalf of Hendrick Construction to express our strong support for the ReVenture Park project and to encourage our county commissioners and other elected leaders to do the same.

HCI’s commitment to the environment is a fundamental tenet of our sustainable construction and green-building program. We believe that through environmentally responsible practices, we all become good stewards of our sensitive ecosystem.

We are supportive of this project’s renewable energy goals, the planned application of innovative green technologies and the clean-up and re-use of this EPA Superfund property. We believe that the ReVenture Park project has the potential of creating hundreds of green jobs and to encourage development of green technology in our area.

I invite you to join me in the strong support of the ReVenture Park project.

Sincerely,
Roger Hendrick
President


First Name: Bryan
Last Name: Cameron

Dear Elected Officials,

I am in support of the of the ReVenture Park project. I value the project’s renewable energy goals and the creation of new jobs in our city.

Thank you.

Bryan Cameron
Charlotte Resident


First Name: Butch
Last Name: Lambert

Dear Elected Officials,

Our company Advanced Disposal Services entered the Charlotte market by establishing a company location there. We provide jobs and growth opportunities in Charlotte. We are a solid waste and recycling services company and ReVenture offers us the opportunity to provide competitive solid waste and recycling services for residential, commercial and industrial businesses. This should help control the cost of these services with ReVenture for the future.


First Name: Dana
Last Name: Bradley

Dear Elected Officials,

I’m a supporter of the Re-venture park and believe it is a unique opportunity for Charlotte to step up and really be a leader in the US. We need Clean Energy here in Charlotte!!


First Name: Jimmy
Last Name: Carter

Dear Honorable Elected Officials,

I would like to register my support for the ReVenture Park Project and express my hope that it becomes a model for future Eco-Industrial Parks across our country. In recent months, I have observed that the ReVenture Team is dedicated to a sustainable future that is good for the community, our state and the nation. Last year I retired from public service with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. While there, I had the honor of chairing DENR’s Environmental Stewardship Advisory Board, a role that gave me first hand involvement with environmentally proactive stewardship-minded industries across the state. In my judgment, ReVenture demonstrates responsible environmental stewardship and is pioneering a sustainable path to protect resources for future generations. Please do what you can to make ReVenture Park a success story that all North Carolinians may be proud of. Thank you.


First Name: Gladys
Last Name: Bustos

Dear Elected Officials,

Green is something to leave our children and their children. Every day there is a push for green but nobody seems to want it in their backyard. I represent a green energy company out of CA, Merged Energy Solutions and the City of San Bernardino is embracing our green project because what it will do to the employment market and what it can do for tomorrow. I encourage you to be a pioneer and assist green. Many officials and cities are not very proficient in this area and are afraid to admit. Reach out to the experts and you will see that every day there is new technology always improving. It will definitely increase you’re employment base and will keep you’re city or state as the Mecca for these projects.

Gladys E Bustos


First Name: Randy
Last Name: Wolf

Dear Elected Officials,

I have spent the last 38 years in the recycling business and that is my passion. 10 years ago a number of our corporate recycling clients ask for our help to deal with the non-recyclables that they generate. Just to clear, we recycle everything we can, but there is always residual that cannot be recycled and would be headed to the landfill. We then developed an alternative fuel from these residuals. We sell the fuel to power operation so that they can replace fossil fuels (coal and natural gas). This program has been in place for 9 years and has proven to be economically and environmentally sustainable. ReVenture’s program is based on the same premise – recycling first and then utilization of the remaining material to create energy. This is the kind of program that will allow our country to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, create energy independence and capture the energy we are currently dumping in landfills. Please support ReVenture!!


First Name: Tripp
Last Name: Guin

Dear Elected Officials,

I think the ReVenture Park is a great way to use the property and existing facilities to their highest and best use. The project that is underway is exactly the type of project we need to help eliminate waste while creating energy.

Thank you
Tripp


First Name: Sean
Last Name: DeLapp

Dear Elected Officials,

This project represents the forward thinking that this city and this country needs. As I write this, gas at the pump is nearing $3.50/gallon which could cripple an already weakened economy. I am in full support of this project and any that come along like it.


First Name: David
Last Name: Vogel

February 20, 2011

Dear Elected Officials,

While “zero-waste” is indeed an admirable goal to strive for over the long-term, I have learned that it is unfortunately a goal that is far from being either practical or achievable over at least the next several decades, not only the U.S., but also in North Carolina.

Specifically in NC, we simply do not CURRENTLY have the mechanisms, processes, and social awareness of the criticality of the various issues and related options as well as the required impetus for behavioral change in place to make “zero-waste” even close to a reality. Each of these components needs to be changed for the benefit of ALL. Each person that puts garbage out at the curb and / or utilizes modern plumbing, among other things, creates “waste” that needs to be “managed” in one fashion or another. Each person that uses electricity, drives a vehicle, starts at wood-burning fire, among other things, and is contributing to air pollution and harmful emissions. We ALL have a responsibility and a role to play in this challenge to reduce our waste and to improve our air and water quality as well as the broader health of our LOCAL ecosystem.

I believe that a modern Waste-to-Energy (“WTE”) gasification plant that utilizes a highly engineered and methodically crafted “feedstock” of recycled materials, as is currently being proposed at ReVenture Park, would allow Mecklenburg County to make significant strides in improving many of the aforementioned problems that we face as a community. The status quo of trucking garbage (over increasing distances) to landfills is simply the wrong answer as it only makes these critical matters worse.

However, in an effort to work TOWARD achieving the admirable goal of more responsibly managing our municipal solid waste and generating additional sources of renewable energy, “we” (e.g., the citizens, business owners, elected officials, etc.) need to ENABLE significant, economically viable and realistic steps toward REDUCING the sheer volume of solid waste that is being sent to a landfill (wherever that landfill might be located) and INCREASING our recycling rate well beyond where we stand currently. If private enterprise can simultaneously use modern technology to convert recycled material into clean, renewable energy generation with a “net” REDUCTION in harmful emissions that impact our air quality…all the better!

In early February 2011, I attended a 2-day “BioEnergy Symposium” held at UNC Charlotte with a focus on Waste-to-Energy. I “actively” listened to, and frequently spoke with, numerous WTE experts from across the nation who have personal work and / or research experience obtained over decades and from around the world. The most striking take-away from this event is that landfilling municipal solid waste is by far the LEAST desirable option (to our community) and that utilizing modern technology and private enterprise to process what would otherwise be additional landfill volume into a cleaner, environmentally beneficial source of energy recapture is HIGHLY PREFERABLE (to our community).

I implore you to invest the time to truly understand the “facts” associated with ReVenture Park’s proposed WTE project. Unfortunately, misguided fear tactics predominately based upon false or misleading information and related demands for achieving nothing short of “zero-waste” is NOT CONSTRUCTIVE in solving the many challenges we face. We, as a community of citizens and government officials, need to collectively diligence this opportunity and reach a knowledge-based conclusion that enables the processes long utilized in many other countries around the world, and even in a number of areas in the U.S., to benefit both the people and the eco-system here in North Carolina.

In short, continuing to do what we have historically done with respect to managing municipal solid waste (i.e., the overwhelming majority of content is landfilled) will create more harm than good, both environmentally, socially and economically. We need to start viewing and treating municipal solid waste as the “resource” that it is and stop viewing it as something that we bury, hide and ignore….only to deal with the significant downstream eco-system impacts after it is too late and too costly to reverse them. If we can intelligently reshape our knowledge, perspective and understanding of what we now call “waste”, we can hopefully one-day find the phrase “waste-to-energy” to be obsolete as it will be appropriately supplanted with “resource-to-energy”! I look forward to learning more about ReVenture Park’s resource-to-energy project.

Lastly, I neither currently, nor have I had at any time in the past, had a financial interest in ReVenture Park or any of its known affiliates.

Sincerely,

David Vogel
(A concerned individual and a citizen of Mecklenburg County)


First Name: John
Last Name: Daniels

Dear Elected Officials,

I fully support the ReVenture project.

This project is an outstanding opportunity for the County.

It makes sense from a technical, financial and environmental perspective. Moreover, it will benefit County residents – near and far.

I would be happy to elaborate upon request.

Sincerely,

John Daniels


First Name: Helene
Last Name: Hilger

Dear Elected Officials,

I am on the Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty at UNC Charlotte. I am also a member of a number of environmental organizations. Although you’ve heard a lot from Sierra Club, on the Reventure issue you are not getting their usual high standard of well-researched information and advice. A 21st Century Charlotte-Mecklenburg region needs to think comprehensively about its long term infrastructure options.

– Why would we want to be stuck with only landfilling (the weakest option in EPA’s estimation) when we have an opportunity for a private developer to:

  • Reduce reliance on landfilling
  • Generate renewable energy
  • Avoid the generation of an equal amount of polluting coal-generate energy
  • Turn waste into a value-added product
  • Increase our capture of recyclables
  • Clean up a superfund site
  • Create a test-bed of other renewable energy options

– Why would EPA and NCDENR allow a facility that would challenge the region’s air quality. They wouldn’t! Air quality control equipment and conscientious monitoring of a single stack from a WTE will make us much safer than trying to control emissions from acres of landfills.

– While WTE using solid waste burns “current” carbon, so that the CO2 emitted is not fossil fuel carbon that has been blamed for climate change, energy from fossil fuels emits GHG CO2.

– While WTE emits some CO2, landfills emit CO2 AND METHANE. Landfills are the largest US source of human-produced methane. Every molecule of methane is 20x more potential than CO2 as a climate change gas

– The greenest countries in the world rely on WTE to reduce landfilling. Anything we build here will be newer and more state of the art than the facilities that currently satisfy the EU requirements. The greenest countries in the world that use WTE also have the highest recycling rates and the lowest reliance on landfills.

– The US is falling behind on science and technology that protect the environment and curb climate change. Here we have a chance to apply forward thinking and walk the walk in our commitment to sustainability

I will be happy to provide references for all of these assertions as well as debunk some of the weak science you’re getting from environmental organizations that purport to have the welfare of the community in mind. If they truly had the welfare of the community in mind, they would be promoting community-wide open dialogue instead of disturbing neighborhoods with fear-inducing tracts with questionable science.


First Name: Andy
Last Name: Locklair

Dear Elected Officials,

It is imperative that we move forward on the Reventure project and others like it. I support the progressive approach to energy reuse and creation of jobs. Please join me and others in support of this project.


First Name: Chris
Last Name: Neaville

Dear Elected Officials,

To bury our garbage in landfills is a waste of resources and a major source of pollution. ReVenture Park is doing the right thing, by increasing recycling, replacing coal-fired power generation with renewable energy, and reducing the air and ground pollution associated with landfilling waste. Also, please don’t lose focus on the need to create jobs.

Thank you


First Name: Jeff
Last Name: Watson

Dear Elected Officials,

I’m in favor of the project due to the economic and environmental impact this has in a positive manor. This project will help along all lines and falls within the scope of the local and regional and national government’s movement to addressing environmental issues. Furthermore, given the state of economic issues our state and city faces, we should take a long look at the positive impact this has, which is all positive. Please do not let a few loud environmentalists stand in the way of a great project that is much needed and called for.


First Name: Thomas
Last Name: Turner

Dear Elected Officials,

As Senior Vice President and Partner for one of the leading industrial real estate brokerage firms in the country, I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. McKittrick on a number of industrial real estate transactions in the Carolinas.

I find that he and his organization are consummate professionals, and I am supremely confident in his ability to shepherd this WTE project into a highly successful venture that will reclaim this “superfund” site and put it back into a productive use, while creating savings to Mecklenburg County and creating jobs in the Charlotte Region.

I am also aware of his love of the “great outdoors” and his love of fly fishing. Both of those loves seem to compliment his desire to improve this environment.

It’s a true “win-win” scenario when an entrepreneur can use his talents to create a development that can project a profit, improve the environment, improve the conditions for his neighbors, and save local governments money at a time when revenues are down.

Coming from an industrial real professional that sees so many old industrial properties around the Carolinas sitting idle due to environmental contaminants, I applaud Mr. McKittrick’s efforts on the Mount Holly site and wholeheartedly endorse this project as a Mecklenburg County taxpayer.

Thomas W. Turner
Sr.V.P. & Partner
Hart Corporation


First Name: Thomas
Last Name: Palmer

Dear Elected Officials,

It is not very often that the Queen city has an opportunity to become a leader in the direction of the South East and be recognized as a leading city in this great nation. ReVenture Park is a step in the right direction to insure the natural capital of our city is preserved for future generations. If all cities approached the environment in the way the Queen city can, what a difference we would make for our planet.


First Name: Derek
Last Name: Anderson

Dear Elected Officials,

I am writing to demonstrate my strongest possible support of the ReVenture Park project. As a county resident, a veteran industrial RE broker, and a citizen that is very concerned about our environmental future I applaud the efforts of Tom McKittrick and his team to fashion an outstanding “win-win” which will produce tremendous sustainable benefits to our community, the chief among these being:

  • Divert up to 80% of waste from a landfill, reducing methane gas emissions, the most damaging of all greenhouse gases
  • Increase our recycling rates to potentially the highest in the Southeast
  • Produce 20MW of electricity, enough to power 20,000 homes annually and create a corresponding offset to fossil-fuel burning, and
  • Convert a Superfund site into an eco-industrial park and reclaim the largest section of heavy industrial land in Mecklenburg County.

I urge you to approve this project which I hope will serve as a model for similar ventures around the US and globally. What a great opportunity for Mecklenburg to make a unique statement in support of the environment.


First Name: Mark
Last Name: Gasior

Dear Elected Officials,

As leader of a company and someone that is concerned about our environment, I fully support the efforts for ReVenture Park.


First Name: Rhonda
Last Name: Harvey

Dear Elected Officials,

Leading the way to the future of renewable energy is challenging and requires courage of conviction, willingness to overcome obstacles and perseverance. North Carolina and our country need new thinking and innovation to tackle tough issues. Please don’t run and cower the way Wisconsin legislators have chosen to do in the face of challenges. You have been elected to lead in North Carolina Why not lead in the development of new technologies to provide a sustainable solution to our energy needs. Stand up, face the future and make the right decision to support ReVenture Park for a better future.


First Name: Bruce
Last Name: Hickman

Dear Elected Officials,

We are greatly encouraged that the ReVenture Park is moving ahead through the planning process. This project is a key milestone in re-use of industrial properties for new green job creation. The environmental value created by recycling previously landfilled waste into electrical energy is a cornerstone to solving the landfill space problem the entire country is facing. Seeing North Carolina lead the way in this high demand field of innovation is a testament to the progressive, problem solving abilities of the ReVenture team, our State’s regulatory community, and our elected representatives.


First Name: Matt
Last Name: Ingalls

Dear Elected Officials,

As an Environmental Scientist, I support the ReVenture Park project based on its commitment to the environment and the application of “cutting edge” technology to convert waste to energy. Charlotte, NC is a progressive city and should embrace this project as a way to bring our community into the future. Thank you for your consideration.

Matt Ingalls
Project Manager
Hart & Hickman, PC


First Name: Susan
Last Name: Stanley

Dear Elected Officials,

We are friends of ReVenture. Please do your best for this project. We have lived in Charlotte for 16 years and plan to stay.

Thank you,
Susan Stanley


First Name: Karen
Last Name: Shaw

Dear Elected Officials,

Please hear us when we say we want this. This entire project has my full support.


First Name: Steven
Last Name: Hart

Dear Elected Officials,

As a citizen of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, I wish to express my support for the ReVenture Park project. This innovate project will reuse idled industrial land, increase recycling of waste, create jobs, create revenue and additional tax base, save our county money on waste fees, reduce pollution, save valuable space in our landfills, and generate low cost electricity. This is the type of project we need to attract to our region if we are to be a nationwide leader in the energy industry.
I encourage you to join me and our fellow city and county residents in supporting this important project.


First Name: Greg
Last Name: Dickinson

Dear Elected Officials,

I am writing to ask that you support the ReVenture project in Charlotte, NC. This project would allow Charlotte to be a leader in waste management, set a positive example for other communities and also leave the community a better place than before. The days of landfills are limited and the need to move towards a project like ReVenture’s is an important step in the appropriate direction.


First Name: Laurel
Last Name: Zitney

Dear Elected Officials,

The ReVenture project is important to our community—in so many ways. The project will be held to such impeccable standards of care and responsibility for all parties involved. Please take special care when considering your decision about this endeavor.


First Name: Don
Last Name: Doster

Dear Elected Officials,

I fully support this project and know it will greatly benefit Mecklenburg County.


First Name: Amy
Last Name: Shober

Dear Elected Officials,

I am very excited about this Waste to Energy project that is being spear headed by ReVenture. I support their efforts and look forward to their bold and smart approach making such a positive difference in our environment.

I plan to follow this project and encourage you all to support ReVenture and to join in their effort.

Sincerely,
Amy Shober


First Name: Lawrence
Last Name: Shaw

Dear Elected Officials,

I am in support of ReVenture Park’s effort to take our waste and convert it to energy. Our City needs to look for better ways to create energy at the same time dispose of our waste properly.
Please help this great plan evolve to reality, our community needs this.

Regards,

Lawrence Shaw


First Name: Sharon
Last Name: Levine

Dear Elected Officials,

This is a brilliant plan to move us forward on renewable energy sources and to stop massive landfills – PLEASE do the right thing!


First Name: Tony
Last Name: Ellis

Dear Elected Officials,

What is not good about this project? It sounds like a win/win situation for the area. I have used waste reclamation sites in the past but, it would be easier and more economical to use a local site. Not to mention diverting waste from local landfills. Don’t miss the forest for the trees!


First Name: Matt
Last Name: Bramblett

Dear Elected Officials,

I support the waste to energy project known as Reventure Park. How can you lose with the reuse of a contaminated site for waste to energy.


First Name: David
Last Name: Bratton

Dear Elected Officials,

Tom McKittrick had a vision for this abandoned site that could be an asset to Mecklenburg County for years to come. We need to support people with the vision and the drive to get projects like this off the ground and operational. People seem to forget that every bag of trash that they generate and sit by the curb has to be picked up and delivered to someone else’s back yard. I wonder what happens to it then? This abandoned industrial location is perfect for such activity. The biomass plant is a perfect renewable energy solution to trash disposal for generations to come. I wish you all the best in getting this project running.


First Name: Tracey
Last Name: Davant

Dear Elected Officials,

Instead of reacting to the environment and spending countless dollars that could be used elsewhere. Please support this proactive solution for the betterment of our community. I trust Tom McKittrick’s forward thinking and abilities to make this project one that we are and can be very proud to have.

Respectfully submitted,

Tracey Davant


First Name: Lisa
Last Name: Bratton

Dear Elected Officials,

This is a great opportunity for adding jobs to our area with an added bonus of doing something good for our environment. This project is a “no brainer”.


First Name: Dan
Last Name: Peck

Dear Elected Officials,

Please support ReVenture for the benefit of the region’s environment.


First Name: David
Last Name: Larr

Dear Elected Officials,

I dealt with the principal of Forsite Development for over six years. I’ve always found Tom to exhibit the highest level of ethics of any company I interact with. Any “new” project is going to have its naysayers but if we are going to become greener and follow European counties, which leads us in recycling, you need to support this project. And there isn’t any company in Charlotte I would rather have heading the effort than Forsite.

David B Larr, III
President
LarrSons Capital, LLC
dba AccuMeasure


First Name: David
Last Name: Wingate

Dear Elected Officials,

As a long time resident of western Mecklenburg County, I was happy to hear about Re-Venture. Not only does it help clean up an old eyesore, it creates a new alternate energy source for Duke Energy.

Understand the facts, and then vote for this development.

Regards,
David L. Wingate


First Name: Adam
Last Name: Walters

Dear Elected Officials,

As a resident of Lancaster County, I live on the border of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. If this park is finalized, I foresee it being a great asset in future waste disposal. Any headway made in Mecklenburg County is sure to filter to Lancaster, and in time, the rest of the nation.

Thank you for your support of our future generation.


First Name: Robert
Last Name: Dunn

Dear Elected Officials,

This project is too important to let slip by. The developers are reputable people with the wherewithal to complete and implement the plan. Turning unused eyesores into productive property is what progressive government is all about.


First Name: Courtney
Last Name: Doster

Dear Elected Officials,

Reventure Park is a phenomenal plan that needs to be put into action immediately. This not only stimulates our economy, it allows the environment to become cleaner and safer to live in by reducing tremendous amounts of methane gas, which is the most common leaked by greenhouses. It will increase recycling awareness in the Carolina’s making this “Go Green” campaign spark to life. Reventure Park has my full support, 100%.

Sincerely,
Courtney Doster


First Name: J. Mark
Last Name: Smith

Dear Elected Officials,

On behalf of all of us who work with Environmental Landscape Design Inc. (EDL), the sustainable landscape company in Charlotte; I am proud to endorse this project, it reduces landfill waste, reduces emissions of harmful gases, produces electricity and reclaim heavy industry land in our back yards! At EDL it is our mission to service our customers in the most economically and environmentally impactful ways; meaning we are saving our customers money and resources while together we are saving the environment, this project mirrors our companies goals and goals that we would like to see become a standard part of being responsible to our planet.

Regards,
J. Mark Smith


First Name: Scott
Last Name: Mallory

Dear Elected Officials,

As we face another spring and summer of rising oil and gas prices and considering the lack of leadership from our federal government regarding enacting meaningful changes to our energy policy, it is up to our state leaders and projects like Reventure Park to lead the way. The vision and master plan for Reventure Park, upon execution, will become the model for other states. This project needs your continued support.


First Name: Phillip
Last Name: Dunn

Dear Elected Officials,

I would like to show my support for the ReVenture Park project. I have toured the site and understand the ambitious development plans. This is a very worthwhile and innovative project. Green developments involving creating renewable energy are an essential undertaking. There are detractors in any venture that involves challenge and change. Opponents tend to fear many of these innovative, high tech endeavors. I applauded your company for the commitment to make this project a success. North Carolina can continue to lead in the renewable energy field with ReVenture Park.

Phillip Dunn
Charlotte


First Name: Craig
Last Name: Dunn

Dear Elected Officials,

Due to the interest Globally in renewable energy, this seems like a “no-brainer” for the Charlotte area to build and maintain. If there is any other information out there to the contrary, please forward to me.


First Name: Lisa
Last Name: Boyer

Dear Elected Officials,

I am a resident of Mecklenburg County and a full-time student in the Sustainability Program at CPCC. I understand the huge problem we have with waste management and all of the externalities that are involved in the way we are managing our waste right now. Landfilling and recycling are not enough and we are years away from living in a zero waste society. Please stand behind ReVenture and let’s move our waste management principles into the 21st Century!!

Thank you,
Lisa Boyer


First Name: Benton
Last Name: Milton

Dear Elected Officials,

I support the waste to energy plant. Hope you will to so that we can preserve a future for our children and future generations please join me and countless others in supporting this for the sake of our future.

Thank you
Milton Benton


First Name: Greg
Last Name: Icenhour

Dear Elected Officials,

I urge your strongest support of ReVenture Park. Currently, North Carolina has over 1,000 Inactive Hazardous Waste sites in inventory. Many of these sit dormant, with little hope of productive reuse.

What ReVenture will accomplish will not only insure continued environmental improvement, but will place into productive reuse a property that would otherwise be underutilized.

Reventure will create jobs in new green energy fields, further eliminate the burying of waste in ever dwindling landfill space and set the stage for North Carolina to be a leader in clean energy technologies.


First Name: Frederick
Last Name: Kiger

Dear Elected Officials,

This project represents an old fashioned can do spirit. It is a well thought out plan with practical market based solutions.


First Name: Sean
Last Name: Windt
Dear Elected Officials,

As a current student of civil engineering with a firm grasp on the importance of sustainability in all aspects of our future growth and life. I think the ReVenture Park project will become the working model for how communities across this nation should utilize growing technology to drive a sustainable economy based on industry that can recover energy from our waste, and recycle materials that would otherwise pollute and diminish our ability to sustain an economy based on a finite source of resources. I support this project in every way and even hope to contribute to it in the near future and I ask that you do the same.


First Name: John
Last Name: Espey

Commissioners,

I am an investor in and executive manager for a smart grid company that does all manufacturing and software development right here in Charlotte. I also serve on the Energy Capital Advisory Board with the Charlotte Regional Partnership. As such, I follow the developments in the Energy/Renewable space closely, especially in our 16 county area . I am concerned about what appears to be misinformation regarding the ReVenture Park Waste-To-Energy project.

The technologies involved are widely deployed across the globe. If Charlotte is to remain at the forefront of energy (both nationally and internationally), we need these types of projects, the jobs that they create, the know-how that all partners involved in this ecosystem acquire, and especially we need to be able to showcase the benefits the county WILL see from this project. WTE does not compete with recycling, in fact studies show a positive correlation between WTE and recycling rates. ReVenture Park is precisely the type of project supported by the type of companies that have helped validate Charlotte’s nascent Energy Capital effort, and I trust that given the forward thinking nature of your commission you will consider the facts and continue to keep Charlotte on the leading edge of energy technology as you weigh the discussion.

I welcome the chance to discuss this further in person, but wanted to drop an email right away since I understand that there is a vote in the coming days.

John Espey
Chief Operations Officer
Nexgrid


First Name: David
Last Name: Vogel
Commissioners,

I am writing to convey a few key facts about the ReVenture project for you to consider in conjunction with the multitude of deliberate misinformation swirling around this project.

In February 2011, I attended a 2-day “BioEnergy Symposium” held at UNC Charlotte with a focus on Waste-to-Energy (“WTE”). I “actively” listened to, and frequently spoke with, numerous WTE experts who have generated decades of highly relevant WTE work and / or research experience across the U.S. and around the world.

The most striking take-aways from the Symposium is that:

  1. landfilling municipal solid waste (“MSW”) is by far the LEAST desirable option (for our community) among the entire hierarchy of MSW management options, and that
  2. utilizing modern technologies and private enterprise to process what would otherwise be additional landfill volume into a cleaner, environmentally beneficial source of energy recapture is HIGHLY PREFERABLE (again, for our community).

In short, the proposed ReVenture project:

  • Will have a “net positive” impact on air emissions for our community as detailed in a 3rd party environmental assessment
  • Will increase recycling and reduce MSW landfill volumes, which will have financial, social and environmental benefits for Mecklenburg county and its citizens
  • Will create new jobs, generate clean energy and will most likely attract other economic development and jobs as a result
  • Has committed to accelerate remediation of an existing superfund site and transform it to an eco-friendly industrial park

We, as a community of citizens and government officials, need to collectively diligence this opportunity and reach a fact-based conclusion that enables the processes that have been long utilized in many other countries around the world to benefit both the people and the eco-system here in North Carolina.

We, as a community, need to start viewing and treating municipal solid waste as the “resource” that it is and stop viewing it as something that we simply bury, hide and ignore….only to deal with the significant downstream financial, social and environmental impacts after it is far too late and too costly to reverse them.

Thank you in advance for your consideration!

Sincerely,

David Vogel
(A concerned individual and a citizen of Mecklenburg County)


First Name: David
Last Name: Bost

Dear Elected Officials,

I am an environmentalist myself I am really excited about what ReVenture Park will bring to the community. It will bring so many benefits that a landfill cannot bring. This park will make Charlotte a leader in alternate/renewable energy in the Southeast. If you give this your full support, there will be a huge boost in the community’s economy.

Sincerely,
David Bost


First Name: Patrick
Last Name: Register

Dear Elected Officials,

The prospect of having Reventure Park’s renewable energy feeding our power grid is a great asset to the Charlotte area. We have the chance to be the leader in environmental sustainability and we are crazy to do anything but welcome this opportunity with open arms.

Reventure Park understands that true sustainability is more than simply creating cleaner energy; it is building a more efficient process. Thanks to Reventure, we are saving space at the land field (thus reducing emissions of methane, which is 20 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2), increasing the rate at which our city recycles materials, Improving a toxic superfund site along the river from which we depend on for our drinking water, creating an inviting business community to environmentally friendly businesses, and positioning ourselves as leaders in a post-fossil fuel world.

I want to live in a clean, healthy, vibrant city! This is why I want Reventure Park to succeed in my hometown, Charlotte, NC.

Patrick Register


First Name: Jesse
Last Name: Coyne

Dear Elected Officials,

I wanted to write and express my elation of the Reventure project. I am a huge advocate of green and sustainable energy developments and implementations and feel that projects like this one will be used as a template for the future. I am ecstatic that this project is happening in Charlotte and hope to be a part of it when it comes to employment. Currently working for a geotechnical engineering company that specializes in landfill gas recovery systems and finishing my degree in environmental engineering and green and sustainable energies enterprises, I may not have to look far to find my next job. Would love to hear more of the project and follow the progress. Thank you.

Jesse Coyne


First Name: David
Last Name: Elrod

Dear Elected Officials,

The benefits will far out weigh the costs. Help ReVenture start setting some new standards.

Sincerely David Elrod