We're asking for a Mecklenburg County budget that grows our greenways faster

Sustain Charlotte partnered with Partners for Parks and Park and Rec Commissioner Paul Freestone to sign up as a group and coordinated on our comments to speak with one voice during the January 19, 2022 Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners budget hearing. Here's what we said: Continue reading

Will new development guidelines make it easier to travel without a car?

In the absence of a robust plan to manage traffic congestion and support transportation choices, rapidly growing cities are faced with real challenges to ensure safe and time-efficient travel for everyone -- whether they drive a car or get around by walking, biking, scooter, or public transit.  As Charlotte's population grows and an ever-increasing number of new buildings are constructed, how is the City planning to ensure everyone can get where they need to go?  The new CTR Guidelines will make it easier to walk, bike, and ride transit to new developments. (photo: City of Charlotte) Continue reading

ACTION ALERT: Weigh in on the future of your neighborhood!

The City of Charlotte has released a first draft of The Charlotte Future 2040 Policy Map and the Charlotte Streets Map. These maps will guide development in our city for decades to come. It’s time for us to join efforts in getting the voice of the community heard, and we need your help! We’re asking you to comment on the online draft maps by Friday, November 19th to share your feedback, ideas, and concerns with the City. (images: Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan Policy document) Continue reading

Passive House 101

This is a guest post by our Gold Partner, Insight Architects. Passive House is an internationally operated performance-based energy certification program with a goal of minimal energy consumption. It is used for all buildings, from single family homes to high rises. Design for Passive House microunits   Continue reading

Mode Shifting Our Way to Sustainable Urban Mobility

This is a guest blog post from our Gold Partner, Spin. By Hui Wen Chan, Director of Sustainability, Spin In August, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Sixth Assessment Report, which sounded a dire warning: changes to the climate are not only well underway, but are also widespread, rapid, and intensifying. Continue reading

Thank you for our biggest and best Biketoberfest yet!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the seventh annual Biketoberfest a stellar success! We could not have asked for a better day - beautiful weather, a full line-up of stops, and our most expansive route ever to explore the city on two wheels. Continue reading

Our perspective on parking in Uptown

The comments below were presented to Charlotte City Council at their October 11, 2021 meeting by our Urban Design Specialist Eric Zaverl and Charlotte Mecklenburg Climate Leaders steering committee member Martin Zimmerman: Continue reading

Check out our tips for a successful Biketoberfest!

Before you head out on the route for this year's Biketoberfest, here are few tips to make sure you have a safe and fun ride! Continue reading

Parkwood Ave just became a lot safer for walking and riding bikes!

Today we celebrated with neighborhood residents, City staff, and elected officials as one of Charlotte's most treacherous streets for walking and riding a bicycle became a whole lot safer!  A ribbon-cutting was held to formally celebrate the new bike lanes. (photo: David Flower) Continue reading

Our first multi-day retreat refreshed and reconnected us!

Our staff team just returned from 3 days of planning, relaxing, and reconnecting at the incomparably beautiful Wildacres Retreat.  Continue reading