Through our Sustainable Neighborhoods Program, we 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 suggest strategies and resources to help them achieve these goals, and compile this 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. To date, we have empowered 17 neighborhoods through this program.
We partnered with Northwood Estates to install a bike rack so residents can travel car-free more easily.
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.
- Commonwealth Park - Morningside
- Enderly Park
- Graham Heights
- Grier Heights
- Northwood Estates
- Oaklawn Park
- Park Crossing
- Plaza Midwood
- Queens Tower
- Revolution Park
- Washington Heights
Revolution Park residents voted on neighborhood sustainability priorities.
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 began working 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 engaged youth and apartment residents. We partnered with residents through transportation workshops, educational games, creation of traffic calming signs, and participation in neighborhood events. In July 2015, we collaborated 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 began a partnership with the Grier Heights neighborhood 2016 to work collaboratively on resident-identified urgent sustainability needs including technology and job training, health and wellness, transportation, and access to healthy food. The Community Corps has added the Lincoln Heights neighborhood to our partnership in 2017.