Meet the intern: Anna Houser

  My name is Anna Houser, and I'm a rising senior at the University of Georgia. I am majoring in environmental economics and management.  Continue reading

Why Lauren supports Sustain Charlotte

Lauren is a rare native Charlottean. Aside from her college years, Lauren has lived in Charlotte for her entire life. “I can’t imagine going anywhere else, nor do I want to,” she says. “Until recently, I’ve taken the city for granted.” Continue reading

Why Millennials Are Gravitating Toward Socially Responsible Investing

Source: Morgan Stanley “Sustainable Signals,” 2019. Please don’t hold it against me, but I’m a millennial. I sometimes claim to be Generation X, but there is no denying it … I’m smack dab in the middle of Gen Y, also known as the millennial generation! Continue reading

Meet the Intern: Raul Galvan

My name is Raul Galvan, and I am a rising senior at Davidson College. I'm pursuing an environmental studies major with a social science specialization and a theatre minor. I am from just outside Chicago, and I am a Mexican first-generation student lucky enough to attend Davidson on a full scholarship. Continue reading

Charlotte Moves Task Force focuses on equity-based transportation planning

If you watched the first three Charlotte Moves Task Force meetings, you've likely noticed that they were primarily focused on educating the members about Charlotte's many completed and in-progress transportation plans, policies, and processes. We're excited that the August 20 meeting marked a shift in energy from learning to doing. Continue reading

2020 Sustainability Awards: The Show Couldn’t Go on, but Recycling Excellence Recognition Does!

Each year Sustain Charlotte hosts an awards ceremony to celebrate the work that is being done in the community to advance smart growth and sustainability. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to reschedule, and ultimately cancel, our planned Earth Day 2020 event. A decision was made to save the 2020 nominee applications for the Individual, Small Business, Large Business, Building Project, Nonprofit, and Government Agency categories for the 2021 Sustain Charlotte Sustainability Awards. Next year we will also encourage additional project submissions for award consideration. Continue reading

Our letter of support for coordinated city + county transportation planning

This week, we shared a letter with the City-County Joint Intergovernmental Relations Committee expressing our support for efforts to coordinate transportation planning at the City and County levels-- as well as the resolution on the topic that will be voted on at their upcoming meeting on September 15. We believe that greater collaboration will allow for greater accessibility for the greater Charlotte area!   Continue reading

Meet the Intern: Xavier Gomez

My name is Xavier Gomez, and I’m a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I am double majoring in systems engineering and Spanish, along with a minor in mathematics.   Continue reading

How Stuart created a car-free lifestyle

Two years ago, Stuart Brauer bought an electric skateboard on a whim. Though he’d never ridden a skateboard in his life, he wanted to experiment with a new form of transportation from his home in Cherry to Urban Mvmnt, the gym he owns in South End. Continue reading

Yes, air quality DID improve when we drove less!

Even before NC Governor Cooper issued a formal stay at home order on March 27, many people in Charlotte and across the state had shifted to working from home. But did less driving actually translate into measurably cleaner air in only a few weeks? Yes!  At the August 11 Environmental Stewardship Committee meeting of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the County's Air Quality Director, Leslie Rhodes, shared data that shows this is just what happened.  Between March 26 and April 29, vehicle counts on I-277/US-74 and I-77 in Charlotte fell by 44.4% and 46.1%, respectively. That's a drop of almost half the number of vehicles!  Continue reading