Grow Smart CLT


We are excited to introduce our new monthly event series, Grow Smart CLT!

As Charlotte grows (44 people move here each day), it's critical that we grow smarter. To help, we're launching a new monthly event series called Grow Smart CLT beginning February 21st!

These fun, yet informative events will dive into the multiple sustainability challenges that Charlotte faces due to our rapid growth.

Each month we will choose a different issue that is being impacted by our growth. Our goal is to ensure that you not only walk away with a better understanding of the challenge but also at least one action you can take to help put Charlotte on a smarter path.

Join us for our exciting launch event! Our city's new planning director, Taiwo Jaiyeoba, will be one of our speakers.

For our kick-off event, we have partnered with the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS)! This will also be the first of their Sustainability Alliance Lectures.


Wednesday, February 21 at Resident Culture - 2101 Central Ave from 6-8 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for non-Sustain Charlotte members (donate at least $5/month or $60/year) and free for members. Interested in becoming a member to attend the events for free? Click here.


What is Smart Growth? Our first discussion will introduce the concept of smart growth and why it is so important to a rapidly growing city like Charlotte. Dr. Douglas Shoemaker will share his research on the effects of urban expansion and what that would look like in the year 2030 on our current trajectory.

We will also introduce Charlotte's new planning director, Taiwo Jaiyeoba. He will speak on his new responsibility of overseeing a rewrite of Charlotte's zoning and land-use rules. Follow along with our hashtag - #GrowSmartCLT.


Douglas A. Shoemaker Ph.D.
Dr. Shoemaker is the Director of Research and Outreach at UNC Charlotte's Center for Applied GIScience. Co-author of the FUTURES urban growth model, his work uses fuses ecology, remote sensing, and simulation modeling to explore the potential for landscapes to support expanding human activity yet sustain the provisioning of essential ecosystem services.



Taiwo Jaiyeoba
Jaiyeoba is the Planning Director for the City of Charlotte and serves as a member of the Zoning Adjustment Board and Planning Commissioner for the Town of Wesley Chapel, NC. He is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Public Transportation Association.

All events are on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.

  • March 14: Smart Growth + Green Space at Resident Culture Brewing
  • April 11: Smart Growth + Transportation
  • May 9
  • June 13
  • July 11
  • August 8
  • September 12
  • October 10
  • November 14
  • December 12 - End of the Year Celebration!





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