Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Robb Little joins River District Executive Board

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Robb Little
March 7, 2012 – The Catawba River District announces the newest addition to its executive board: Robb Little, co-owner and managing partner of Sustainable Development Services, Inc.
As a member of the executive board, Little will help guide the emerging non-profit group’s efforts to create a voluntary sustainable community along the Catawba River in eastern Gaston and western Mecklenburg Counties in North Carolina. Among the group’s major projects are establishing a network of hands-on learning centers at area schools and other public places; and promoting voluntary efforts to protect the Catawba River, the region’s main source of water.
Little’s company, Sustainable Development Services, Inc., is a real-estate development consulting firm that offers clients expertise in all aspects of development projects, from conception to completion, with a focus on the residential sector, and the desire to conduct development in an environmentally responsible fashion.

Little holds a bachelor’s degree in planning and landscape architecture from the University of Georgia. He began his career with Charlotte-based Crescent Resources and eventually became project manager responsible for budgeting, construction management and planning. While at Crescent, Little helped direct the development of The Point, The Farms, Falls Cove and NorthView Harbour near Charlotte.
He is a past member of the National Association of Homebuilders and a current member of the Charlotte Chamber, where he chairs Charlotte Chamber Greenworks, a committee focused on advancing and advocating sustainability within the business community and the membership. He also serves on the Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful board.
“We are excited about adding Robb to our executive board,” said board President William Daleure II. “His experience with Crescent Resources and his company, Sustainable Development Services, Inc.,  provides both real-estate development and management skills along with the necessary sustainability skills to assist us in demonstrating the benefits of the River District certification program for residential and commercial properties.”
Little said he was drawn to the Catawba River District after working with its executive director, Edna Chirico.
“As I learned more about its efforts to improve the area I wanted to get involved and make an impact from within,” he said. “As a residential real-estate developer, the goals of the CRD aren’t far off of what I enjoy about my profession, which was building communities, albeit at a different scale. It’s a very exciting and ambitious undertaking, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team.”
He added that he hopes to work on promoting the group’s weatherization strategy and its building certification program. “I have a desire to further develop the agribusiness initiatives undertaken so far,” he said, “and work to integrate those with sustainable residential living long term within the district.”

About The Catawba River District
The Catawba River District is a regional organization committed to sustainable community and economic development for a 16,000-acre area comprising parts of Northwest Mecklenburg County, Mount Holly, and Belmont. The River District is a vital part of the Charlotte region’s watershed and includes the US National Whitewater Center, the North Carolina Educational Forest, and parts of the Carolina Thread Trail.
The vision of the River District has been enriched by key community and education partners that have responded to the unique setting and opportunities that the Catawba River District provides for a holistic approach to sustainability, community, and economic development, and education.
Learn more at CatawbaRiverDistrict.org.

For more information
Contact Rich Haag, Communications Director
The Catawba River District
980-875-7528

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