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April 28, 2010
Kim McMillan (704) 336-2643
Catherine Bonfiglio (704) 336-4936
(Charlotte, NC) Robert J. Phocas has been selected as the city
of Charlotte's Energy and Sustainability Manager. He is currently
an Assistant City Attorney for Environmental Law and Policy.
The Energy and Sustainability Manager is a new position created
with funding secured under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Block Grant, created as part of the 2009 federal stimulus package.
The manager will oversee and implement the city's Energy Efficiency
and Conservation Block Grant program, which includes 17 projects
designed to reduce fossil fuel emissions, reduce energy
consumption, create new green jobs, and increase the use of
In addition to managing grant activities, Phocas will serve as a
lead staff resource and advocate for environmental initiatives and
policies within the Environment Focus Area Plan, one of City
Council's five focus areas. He will promote best environmental
practices throughout the city to maximize investment of block
grants and city funds.
Phocas has served in the City Attorney's office since 2006,
where he addressed environmental law and policy questions for the
city's key business units, including Aviation, CATS, and
Engineering and Property Management. He is also counsel to the city
council's environment committee on the development and
implementation of the City's environmental policies and
Prior to joining the City of Charlotte, Phocas practiced
environmental law for two years as an associate attorney for Womble
Carlyle Sandridge& Rice, PLLC. He also served as Enforcement
Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region One,
where he was responsible for the enforcement of federal
environmental regulatory laws throughout New England. His past
professional experience also includes work as an associate attorney
in law firms in both Boston and Washington D.C.
Phocas is a graduate of Duke University School of Law, and the
Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University where he also
received a master's degree in Environmental Economics and Policy.
He attended Vassar College, earning a B.A. in history.
In addition to his work for the city, Phocas is a member of the
Environmental Sustainability Working Group for the Town of
Davidson, and an advisory board member of the Sustainability
Program at Central Piedmont Community College. He is also a coach
for the North Mecklenburg Youth Soccer Association.
The City of Charlotte is pursuing
Federal Stimulus Program funding for 21 programs in five
categories: Public Safety, Community Development and Job Training,
Environment, Energy and Transportation. The City has received $61
million in recovery funds. Detailed information and guidelines for
each program is available at http://newsroom.charmeck.org