Sustain Charlotte is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, engaging and uniting citizens to solve Charlotte’s sustainability challenges. We inspire choices that lead to a healthy, equitable and vibrant community for generations to come.  LEARN MORE

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    Two companies work to manage waste more sustainably in Charlotte

    Did you know Mecklenburg County processed 130,000 tons of wood waste in 2017? That’s the weight of 22,000 African elephants!

    How about the fact that between each November and January, the County picks up 10,000 tons of leaves (as much as 5,000 cars)? In a city growing as quickly as Charlotte, waste management is a challenge. That’s why our January Monthly Mixer featured speakers from our partners TreeCycle America and Leaf Burrito, two companies working to shift the mindset of residents to managing our waste more sustainably. In case you missed it, over 100 Charlotteans joined us at Resident Culture Brewing to learn more about the topic.

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    Photo courtesy of TreeCycle America

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    Dockless bikes provide affordable, healthy transportation choice

    Have you taken a ride on one of the new dockless bikes situated around town yet?  It’s a chance to ditch the car for your lunch break, finish that last mile of a bus trip, and explore new neighborhoods from the comfort of a bike!

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    What is dockless bikeshare?
    Dockless bikeshare is a new way to navigate cities by bike. Anyone can rent the brightly-colored bikes for $1 per ride through their smartphone and ride to any destination they desire. You don’t have to return the bike to a specific location. Just make sure that it’s not impeding a walkway or in an unsafe location that could cause damage to pedestrians or other vehicles.

    Since November, four new companies have deployed bikes in Charlotte. Limebike, Spin, ofo, and Mobike have permits that allow as many as 500 bikes for each new company. That’s 2,000 more chances to substitute a car trip daily!   

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    10 ways we plan to make a BIG impact in 2018!

    Thank you for all of your generous support and for helping to make 2017 a success!

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    We're already off and running to make an even greater impact in 2018! Here are our top ten goals for the year:

    • Secure 5,000 signatures to demonstrate community support for expanding our transit, bike, and pedestrian networks so that all residents can safely and conveniently walk, bike or ride transit to the places they need to go.

    • Through our Walk2Transit initiative, complete three demonstration projects and secure City approval for improvements to make ten local bus stops safer and more accessible for pedestrians.

    • Survey seniors in four Charlotte neighborhoods and publish a report of findings and recommendations to improve their mobility.

    • Create and publish helpful transportation resources for residents including a Bus Stop Improvement Guide and Charlotte Family Biking Guide.

    • Convene six meetings of our Transportation Choices Alliance to foster greater collaboration among organizations and individuals working toward a sustainable transportation network.

    • Host quarterly Shifting Gears events to identify and pursue opportunities for community collaboration in support of cycling.

    • Alert local residents about critical opportunities to help shape the decisions that guide development as the City evaluates rezonings and updates its zoning ordinance.

    • Continue our partnership with the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition to make streets safer for residents to walk, bike, and ride transit by building social capital and facilitating a summer youth service project.

    • Host at least fifteen inspiring and educational community events including: the Sustain Charlotte Awards (April), WalkCLT (June), Biketoberfest (October), and GrowSmartCLT, our NEW monthly series of community conversations.

    • Continue to help the Charlotte region become a national model for sustainable growth!
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Foundation Supporters:

Our work is generously supported by the foundations and businesses below.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation • Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation • Wells Fargo • TransitCenter  • OrthoCarolina • Duke Energy Foundation • Parsec Financial • Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation • People For Bikes  • Blumenthal Foundation


We are a proud member of the 1% for the Planet Network.

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