Board member spotlight: Ray Addison reflects on his day out

Ray Addison and his son enjoy a day out in the city courtesy of CATS "How many of you ride public transportation?" A Charlotte resident asked that question at the Sustain Charlotte Social Equity and Growth event last week. The event was a public panel discussion with Charlotte City Council members about equity and smart growth. Continue reading

Transportation, Planning, & Development Committee: February 5, 2024

This past Monday, February 5, the Transportation, Planning, & Development (TPD) Committee met to discuss all things mobility and growth. CATS Interim CEO Brent Cagle gave a quick update, Assistant City Manager Liz Babson spoke about the Annual Strategy Meeting Measures, Planning Director Alyson Craig spent the majority of the meeting answering questions about potential changes to the UDO, and Assistant to the City Manager Ed McKinney shared news about the City’s mobility strategy. Continue reading

Speaking up for parks and greenways

We believe that greenways, parks, and nature preserves are fundamental to a healthy, vibrant, equitable community. That’s why we tirelessly advocate for Mecklenburg County to create more of them and maintain the ones we already have. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte Social: Social Equity and Smart Growth (January 31, 2024)

More than 100 residents gathered for our first Sustain Charlotte Social of the year. (Photo: Grant Baldwin Photography) It was a full house at Town Brewing Co. on Wednesday as more than 100 energetic, engaged residents joined our first Sustain Charlotte Social of the year. This event, which focused on social equity and smart growth, began with refreshments and time for networking among sustainability-minded friends.  Following a brief presentation regarding Charlotte’s growth and factors contributing to inequities in the Charlotte area, Charlotte City Council members Ed Driggs, Dimple Ajmera, James Mitchell and Mayor Pro Tem Dante Anderson participated in a panel discussion and Q&A with event participants.    Continue reading

CATS bus service becomes more reliable

At the January 24th meeting of the Metropolitan Transit Commission, we learned about a lot of ways that CATS is addressing concerns about vehicle maintenance, staffing, and service reliability.  Here's a recap of 7 key updates: Continue reading

Ten park and greenway advocates show up to support funding

Advocates from across the community showed up to speak about the importance of funding parks and greenways at the January 17 county budget hearing. Photo: Hope Wright On Wednesday, January 17, ten park and greenway advocates joined our Advocacy Manager Hope Wright to speak at the Board of County Commissioners' budget public hearing. These incredible advocates showed up with stories about the ways green spaces improve their mental and spiritual health, their importance as safe transportation corridors, their intrinsic value as habitat, and one of the driving forces behind choosing to put down roots in our community. We are so proud and grateful for their time and dedication to our park and greenway network. You can watch them address commissioners in this meeting recording and read Hope's statement below. Continue reading

Transportation, Planning and Development Committee: January 8, 2024

On Monday, January 8, the Charlotte City Council’s Transportation, Planning and Development Committee had their first meeting of the year, and a lot was covered. Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) interim CEO Brent Cagle delivered an update on recent happenings, Planning Director Alyson Craig gave an informational presentation about the UDO and community engagement, and Chief Sustainability and Resiliency Officer Sarah Hazel provided an update on the Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP) with next steps for the city. Here are the highlights. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte supports program that will help city reach its 2030 Strategic Energy Action Plan goal

Last night our Director of Engagement & Impact Meg Fencil spoke at the public hearing for the city’s entry into Duke Energy’s Green Source Advantage Bridge program. Charlotte City Council then voted to enter into an agreement to support the creation of a solar farm project that will bring the City within 19% of reaching its 2030 Strategic Energy Action Plan goal of zero-carbon municipal buildings! We will continue advocating for climate-friendly energy and transportation investments. Today we pause to celebrate and congratulate the many advocates, government staff, and our elected officials who made this momentous investment a reality!  Continue reading

8 things we will fight for in 2024

This year, we will continue tirelessly advocating for solutions that reduce our impact on the climate, advance racial equity, connect communities, and support residents’ health and access to opportunities – and we’re committed to making it easy for you to do so, too.  Continue reading

2023 Impact 704 Academy Session 3: A recap

During the third and final session of our 2023 Impact 704 Academy series on Thursday, attendees learned all about the importance of transportation choices for the health and vitality of our community.  Continue reading