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    CDOT and Sustain Charlotte Partner on Vision Zero Event

    Last year, 21 people were hit and killed while walking in Charlotte, and 2 people lost their lives while riding their bicycles. In the Queen City (and across the country), the statistics are sobering. How can each of us work to reduce those numbers to zero?On August 11th,  Sustain Charlotte hosted Grow Smart CLT: Let’s End Traffic Deaths in Charlotte! to address this question.  View a recording of the event on Sustain Charlotte's YouTube channel.
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    Meet the Intern: Shivani Kotikalapudi

    My name is Shivani Kotikalapudi and I am currently a rising senior at Marvin Ridge High School.
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    Ensure Glass Bottles & Jars Are Recycled Properly: Find a Big Yellow Bin!

    Glass is difficult and costly to effectively separate from other recyclable materials like cardboard at recycling centers. Therefore, Mecklenburg County Solid Waste prefers residents bring their separated glass bottles and jars to one of their full service drop off centers. At those drop off sites, large yellow dumpsters have been clearly marked “Clean Glass Only”. When full, these non-contaminated, glass-only loads can be taken directly to glass processors to be easily recycled into new glass.
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    Mobility Transformation Is Needed Sooner, Not Later

    Our Challenge Charlotte’s explosive growth continues. We support sustainable growth that ensures the Charlotte area is a great place to live and work for all. But our traditional growth pattern – low-density and heavily auto-centric — is not sustainable for the generations who will live and work here in the years ahead and has made living here difficult for many today.
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    Meet the Intern: Kate Pottle

    My name is Kate Pottle, and I am a rising junior at Davidson College. I am majoring in Environmental studies and potentially minoring in Public Health. 
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    Meet the Intern: Lilliana Sandoval

    ¡Buenas! My name is Lilliana Sandoval, I am a rising junior at Davidson College in North Carolina. I am majoring in Environmental Studies on a Natural Science Track and minoring in Latin American Studies. I am Latina, my family is from Nayarit, Mexico, and I am proud to say I am a first-generation college student. I am proud of my culture, and I express it through music and personal style. I have ganas — a willingness to put in the work. When I am not working I enjoy going for a run on the trails or dancing at home. I value family a lot.
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    Charlotte adopts groundbreaking Comprehensive Plan

    On June 21, 2021 the Charlotte 2040 Comprehensive Plan was approved by Charlotte City Council by a 6-5 vote with all of the critical policies and goals we were advocating for intact! 
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    Council approves record transportation funding

    If you haven't heard the good news yet, this week City Council approved their budget that includes record-high amounts of funding for projects to support equitable neighborhoods, safer streets for walking and biking, and Vision Zero. Several key bonds will now go on the ballot for 2022, which would provide the following amounts over two years:
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    What does Building a Better City look like to you?

    2021 is a critical year for Charlotte’s future. How we grow for the next twenty years is being decided as we speak and the decisions being made around the 2040 plan will impact every Charlotte area resident's quality of life for generations to come.
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    City to begin land use planning around future Silver Line light rail

    The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is taking a look at Transit Oriented Development (TOD) along the proposed Lynx Silver Line. TOD is essentially the economic development that occurs adjacent to a high-frequency public transit line--in this case, the Silver Line light rail. For the past year and a half, the Silver Line team has worked to define the Locally Preferred Alternative including station areas. Now, CATS is  focusing on planning TOD along the alignment.
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