Mae Israel

Mae Israel

Stories by Mae Israel

In CMS, recycling's possible but not always practical

Recycling containers sit in classrooms in every Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school, and students at nearly half of them make the extra effort to dump leftover liquid from milk and juice cartons...

The story behind your recycling bin

Charlotte-Mecklenburg is making strides in recycling and reducing waste, yet residents still send more trash to landfills than the U.S. average. Why is recycling lagging here? One answer might be...

Why you can't toss these into your recycling bin

What can and can't be recycled can be confusing. Here is a list of what can't go into your recycling bin and why. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)

Affordable housing near Charlotte light rail? Still a challenge

As hundreds of apartments pop up around transit stations in Charlotte's South End neighborhood, the city's plan for more high-density housing near its rail line is taking shape. But a sister policy...

Two cities, two mills to be reborn

Mae Jones looks out her front door every day at the empty, massive Loray Mill, about a mile from downtown Gastonia, and remembers the rumble of machines, the acrid odors and her hard work there...