Volunteers prepare to embark on partnership with Lincoln Heights neighborhood

Are you looking for a way to not only better understand the sustainability needs of neighborhoods throughout Charlotte, but also partner with residents in a very hands-on way in support of their goals?

If so, the Sustain Charlotte Community Corps (SCCC) wants to meet you! 

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The SCCC connects like-minded volunteers who support Charlotte neighborhoods!

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New CDOT study shows Charlotteans want transportation choices

It's that time we've all been waiting for: the release of CDOT's biennial 2016 Transportation Survey! 406 residents were asked their opinions on driving conditions, possible solutions and funding sources, priorities, safety, and travel for pedestrians and cyclists.

You can click here to view it, or check out the highlights we've pulled out.

  • 86% want to see roads designed for everyone, not just those who drive cars.

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How do the 12% who don't want roads designed for all users think that people who cannot (or choose not to) drive cars should get around? We can only speculate.

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City Council to soon hear from public on key transportation plans

Mark your calendar for the evening of Monday, January 23! That's when you'll have a chance to tell Charlotte City Council your thoughts on the updated draft Transportation Action Plan (TAP) and the first ever Charlotte WALKS pedestrian plan.

At their December 12 meeting, Council's Transportation and Planning committee voted unanimously to recommend the TAP and Charlotte WALKS to the full Council for public comment. This means YOU will be able to let your elected officials know that you support investment in Charlotte's future.

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Missing and inadequate sidewalks abound in Charlotte. (from p.13 of Charlotte WALKS plan)

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New study shows area cyclists worry about safety

This November, the Urban Land Institute published "Living in Charlotte 2016: Views on Housing, Transportation, and Community". Click here to download the report.

As an organization advocating for smart growth and sustainable transportation, we're excited about this report because it captures the housing and transportation preferences of 2,984 people living in the Charlotte metro area (Mecklenburg County plus the seven contiguous counties).

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iBikeCLT Update: Charlotteans strongly support Uptown protected bike lanes

You've spoken up for safer bicycle facilities in Charlotte, and your voice is making a difference! More than 4,000 area residents have signed either our paper or online #iBikeCLT petition that we presented to City Council in July.

At the November 14 City Council Transportation and Planning Committee meeting, we heard an update from CDOT on the Uptown Urban Trails Connection Study. 

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The Uptown Connects Study is analyzing options for protected bike lane locations.

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How does great leadership happen?

Jon Davis from Sustain Charlotte's Gold Partner Center for Intentional Leadership spoke at our November Monthly Mixer about how his organization develops and supports great leaders. 

In a message that resonated deeply with attendees, Jon spoke about the importance of self care for leaders to avoid burnout. Organizations can support their leaders by nurturing the whole individual, rather than focusing solely on how many hours that person is in the office. Simple ways to do this are walking meetings, breaks in the day to pursue relaxation such as adult coloring books or yoga, and flexible work schedules to accommodate volunteer and family activities. The Center for Intentional Leadership offers a variety of solutions for developing leaders, teams, and organizational cultures. We're grateful for their partnership and support of our staff!

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Jon Davis spoke about how effective organizations support great leaders through sustainable business practices.

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CATS begins envisioning a better Charlotte area bus network

Charlotte's transit riders are about to hear about a major effort that holds the potential to revolutionize their daily travel experience! 

CATS' Envision My Ride initiative will gather public input as the transit agency begins a major re-design of the bus network. Over the coming months, CATS will apply state of the art planning and best practices from cities like Seattle and Houston to create a superior transit network that will meet the needs of our growing population.

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 Larry Kopf, who is leading the CATS bus network re-design, spoke and gathered survey input at our Monthly Mixer!

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Colombia's big boost for bicycle commuting

Guest blog post by Marcela Falquez, Executive Director of ID Social, Bogota, Colombia.

Last Wednesday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed the 1811 Act. This law aims to encourage the use of bicycles as the main means of transportation in the country, increase the mode share of bicycle trips, and mitigate the environmental impact of motor vehicle use.

It's a law that comes with powerful incentives for residents to switch to a two-wheeled commute: Public workers who use bikes for transportation will earn free paid days off work at the rate of a half-day per 30 days of bicycle commuting.

The law states that all users of Integrated Mass Transit Systems who use the bicycle to get to the transit system and that have validated more than 30 uses of bike-parking, will receive financial credit on their transit payment card.

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Bogota, a sprawling auto-dominated city of 8 million people, needs more sustainable transportation choices! 

(photo: ibtimes.com)

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City bonds are a win!

It's been a long and contentious election season. We hear you on that! But when you go to the polls, please keep your energy up until the very end and pay close attention to the bottom of your ballot. There you'll find a bond referendum that will shape the future of Charlotte.

Sustain Charlotte's vision is for "a region in which everyone has the knowledge, resources and opportunity to make choices with a clear awareness of their combined social, economic and environmental impacts." We invite you to empower yourself with the knowledge of what the proposed bond includes, and then go take advantage of your opportunity to vote! 

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Past bonds have supported workforce housing like The Retreat at Renaissance, pictured above.

(photo: voteyesforbonds.com)

Voter approval of the bond would mean funding for:

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Equity, Personal Responsibility + Charlotte's Future

(by Shannon Binns, Executive Director of Sustain Charlotte)

These days, I find myself thinking about the future more than ever. 

When I think about my precious, bright-eyed daughter, Edie Moon, I wonder what kind of world she will live in.  I wonder if it will still be treated as invincible.  I wonder if today’s injustices will be better – or worse.

As an optimist, I can’t help but imagine her inheriting a better world.  But as I near mid-life, my optimism is tempered by an understanding that this will not happen without the commitment and work of many.  And that work must happen today. 

Recent events in our community have laid bare before us the inequity that we have allowed to take hold.  The inequity we have created. 

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