We are working to have an impact across the Charlotte metro region through a number of strategic initiatives. If you like what you see, find out how to get involved!
These current initiatives build and expand upon a number of our recent initiatives.
In 2014, the Knight Foundation provided financial support for us to locate and install bike racks in five neighborhoods that identified a need for more sustainable transportation infrastructure.
Thanks to additional support from the Knight Foundation, Jordan Moore joined our team in August of 2015 as our first Bicycle Program Director to establish Sustain Charlotte's role as the advocacy organization for bicycling in the region.
In October 2015, we hosted Biketoberfest to show people how fun and easy it is to ride a bike for transportation. Over 350 people rode bikes to businesses and fun activities around Center City and South End!
We're already planning Biketoberfest 2016! Is your business or organization interested in a sponsorship? Contact Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk Your Neighborhood
In partnership with OrthoCarolina and thesavageway, we launched Walk Your Neighborhood in November 2015 to promote walking as a form of transportation. Using wayfinding signs, this project encourages residents and visitors in the neighborhoods surrounding Plaza Midwood Business District to walk rather than drive to destinations in the area.
The excitement surrounding Walk Your Neighborhood has been incredible! We're planning more pedestrian-friendly events for 2016, so check back soon for updates.
In January 2012, with financial support from Wells Fargo, we launched a partnership with Charlotte Neighborhood and Business Services to provide sustainability education to residents in motivated neighborhoods across the city, and empower them to set measurable sustainability goals for their communities, based on their interests and needs. We then suggested strategies and resources to help them achieve these goals, and compiled this information into Sustainable Vision Plans for each neighborhood. Goals vary by neighborhood but include reducing household energy use, improving access to healthy food, reducing the amount of waste going to the landfill, and getting more residents out of their cars, to name just a few.
Below are the eleven neighborhoods we have been working with since 2012. Just click on a neighborhood name to download their plan. You can also read a news story about this initiative here and download our 2013 Progress Report here!
- Commonwealth Park - Morningside
- Enderly Park
- Graham Heights
- Grier Heights
- Northwood Estates
- Oaklawn Park
- Park Crossing
- Plaza Midwood
- Queens Tower
- Revolution Park
In 2014, we added five additional neighborhoods to this program and helped them work towards their top sustainability goals. Here are their Sustainable Vision Plans:
The projects chosen by residents were varied and creative! They included an edible walkway, a workshop about water conservation and distribution of low-flow water fixtures, a test bed for a future community garden, expansion of a vocational gardening program, a neighborhood clean-up as part of a youth mentorship program re-launch, and formation of a recreational soccer program for immigrants who have little open space near their apartment homes.
In 2015, we worked with Grier Heights and neighborhoods in West Charlotte to empower residents to continue working towards solutions for their sustainability challenges. Our programs in these neighborhoods are increased involvement from apartment residents and youth. We engaged residents through transportation workshops, educational games, creation of traffic calming signs, and participation in neighborhood events. In July 2015, we partnered with Mecklenburg County Park and Rec and 8 other organizations to host a Youth Sustainable Transportation Fair for 100 youth in the West Blvd area.
Our Sustainable Neighborhoods Program has expanded to West Charlotte's Lakewood neighborhood in 2016 thanks to a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation!
Our Sustain Charlotte Community Corps is partnering with the Grier Heights neighborhood throughout 2016 to work collaboratively on resident-identified urgent sustainability needs including technology and job training, health and wellness, transportation, and littering.
Transportation Choices Alliance
In January 2014, after more than a year of research and partnership building, Sustain Charlotte launched the Transportation Choices Alliance. The mission of the alliance is to increase transportation choices and their use throughout the Charlotte region to improve traffic, air quality, public health, mobility and the economy. More transportation choices means more safe and convenient opportunities to take a bus, catch a train, ride a bike, or walk. The alliance currently includes over 30 organizational members. The alliance's advisory council meets bi-monthly to share information and increase collaboration to support sustainable transportation choices for the Charlotte region.
Annual Sustain Charlotte Awards
Each year, we invite the community to nominate those individuals who they feel are leading us towards Charlotte 2030: A Sustainable Vision for Our Region. We then recognize and honor all nominees as well as a winner in each of twelve categories at an exciting evening event. The award categories reflect the nine issues that shapes the sustainability of our community: Air Quality,Transportation, Energy, Land Use, Water, Social Equity, Economy, Food, and Waste. We also recognize an Overall Outstanding Leader. Click here to read about our 2012 winners, 2013 winners, 2014 winners, and 2015 winners.
If you would like to learn more about sponsoring our upcoming 2016 Sustain Charlotte Awards, please contact email@example.com!