Sustain Charlotte celebrates Charlotte City Council’s approval of the Strategic Mobility Plan

Sustain Charlotte applauds Charlotte City Council for passing the Strategic Mobility Plan on Monday night, a significant step toward creating a community with safe and equitable mobility choices.  Continue reading

Here's how Charlotte’s Strategic Mobility Plan improves transit for rail and bus riders

Charlotte City Council is set to vote on the Strategic Mobility Plan on Mondy, June 27. We support the plan and consider it a crucial step in creating safe and equitable mobility choices for everyone in our city. This is Part 2 in a series highlighting how the Strategic Mobility Plan will impact your experience here in Charlotte. Here is how your experience might change if you are a transit rider. Continue reading

Mecklenburg County approves $50 million to help expand Charlotte-area greenways and parks

Mecklenburg County commissioners on Wednesday approved a $2.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2023 that includes $50 million to acquire land for expanding parks, greenways, and nature preserves. This is an important step in growing a greenway network that is critical to the mental and physical health of our residents, the environmental wellbeing of our county, and the economic mobility and equality of everyone in our community. Continue reading

What does Charlotte’s Strategic Mobility Plan mean for cyclists? Here are 5 big takeaways

  Charlotte City Council is set to vote on the Strategic Mobility Plan on June 27. We support the plan and consider it a crucial step in creating safe and equitable mobility choices for everyone in our city. This is Part 1 in a series highlighting how the Strategic Mobility Plan will transform the ways people can safely and efficiently get around Charlotte. To kick things off, we’ll take a look at the plan’s benefits for cyclists. Continue reading

Here’s what we — and others — had to say about Charlotte’s Strategic Mobility Plan

On Monday, Charlotte City Council held a public hearing for the newly released Strategic Mobility Plan. This plan is a crucial step in implementing the vision of Charlotte’s 2040 Plan to offer everyone in our city safe and equitable mobility choices. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte thanks Meck. Co. Board of County Commissioners for prioritizing investment in an equitable and sustainable future

Yesterday, Sustain Charlotte Program Manager Elina Shepard attended the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners' public hearing on the recommended budget for fiscal year 2022-23 to thank the County Manager and Commissioners for prioritizing investment in the equitable and sustainable future of Mecklenburg County. Continue reading

City proposes 2040 goal of 50% sustainable trips!

During City Council's Transportation & Planning Committee meeting on May 9th, Charlotte DOT staff informed the Committee members that the soon-to-be-released Strategic Mobility Plan will incorporate an ambitious mode share goal. By 2040, 50% of trips in our city should be completed in a way other than by single-occupancy car. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte Voices Support for City's FY 2023 Budget

Good evening City Council, Mayor, and Staff,  My name is Elina Shepard. I am the program manager at Sustain Charlotte. We’re a nonprofit organization that advocates for sustainable land use and transportation choices.  We’ve been following the development of the FY 2023 budget and tonight, I want to voice our strong support for the record-high amount of proposed funding for bike and pedestrian infrastructure improvements. Given Charlotte’s rapid population growth, and the need for all people to safely travel regardless of the mode they use, we think it’s critical that the budget includes funding for sustainable transportation modes. Continue reading

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2022 Recycling Excellence Award

Award crafted with reclaimed wood by Carolina Urban Lumber.  Each year on Earth Day Sustain Charlotte hosts an awards ceremony to celebrate the work that is being done in the community to advance smart growth and sustainability. For the first time in two years the celebration was held in person and 250 sustainability enthusiasts gathered at the Extravaganza Depot. Sustain Charlotte’s Gold Partner, Mecklenburg County Solid Waste, sponsored a special Recycling Excellence Award to recognize outstanding waste reduction and recycling efforts that resulted in significant landfill waste diversion. The projects submitted were impressive and the judges had to tally the points carefully to determine the winner.   Continue reading