Together, we are Charlotte.

2020 has been a hard year for all of us. A public health crisis, social distancing, civil unrest, and widespread unemployment--our realities have changed greatly over the past several months. At Sustain Charlotte, our mission has always been to think beyond the needs of today and help build a sustainable future for generations to come--and 2020 is no exception.  Continue reading

Join us for a Smart Growth Workshop Series!

You're invited to attend a 4-part workshop series to learn about smart growth and how it can improve health and overall quality of life for people living in the Charlotte area! Each online learning module will be taught by an expert Smart Growth America instructor and will include presentations, discussion, attendee interaction, and Q&A. Modules will be held virtually on the web-based Zoom platform for up to two hours (no "in-person" meetings in a physical room). While there is no cost to participate, we highly recommend that you try to attend at least 3 of the 4 modules and actively participate to get the most from this experience. Registration is required.    Continue reading

It's time for more bus lanes in Charlotte!

Could more bus lanes be coming to Charlotte soon? We sure hope so! Charlotte City Council's Transportation, Planning, and Environment Committee heard updates on this and several other topics at their June 22 meeting.  Continue reading

People For Bikes Ranking Calls Attention to Need for Cycling Improvements

When the national bike advocacy organization People For Bikes rated more than 480 U.S. cities for bike-friendliness this year, Charlotte received a less than stellar report card: 1.3 out of a possible 5 stars.  There's clearly a lot of work to be done. But we're optimistic!   Continue reading

Board Spotlight: Will Pellisero

Will Pellisero has long been a sustainability advocate. He and his family are big fans of composting, gardening, and solar energy. But before connecting with Sustain Charlotte, he hadn’t made the connection between sustainability and transportation. “I didn’t even really think about driving,” he says now. “It wasn’t my biggest priority.”  Continue reading

10 ways to make WFH life more sustainable

For all of us, 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year. We’re facing a global health crisis, an economic recession, and civil unrest. Things may feel bleak--but there are some silver linings to this highly unusual time. Continue reading

How Nancy's advocacy brought a greenway connector to her neighborhood

When Nancy Pierce moved to Charlotte for a job in 1979, she chose to live close-in for the urban feel. But she longed for a body of water she could walk to. In her home state of Minnesota, water was plentiful for play, solace, and inspiration. Continue reading

April + May Bike Update

Hello my fellow Charlotte bike supporters,   The Bike Update is going out a little later than usual because we wanted to include exciting news about Shared Streets, City Manager's Recommended Budget, and the Uptown CycleLink (a sneak peek). With much of the country confined to home and gyms closed, an unprecedented number of Americans are hopping on bikes. Eco-Counter, who makes counting stations for pedestrian and cyclist data collection, has reported a considerable rise in cycling compared to the same time last year. Strava Metro data for Charlotte shows a dramatic increase over the same time last year. Continue reading

How Dustin transitioned to a car-free lifestyle

When Dustin Branham first moved to the greater Charlotte area in 2007, living life without a car was the last thing on his mind. After landing a job at a law firm in Davidson, he moved to Huntersville in an insular neighborhood. Continue reading

Charlotte's first lane just for bikes and buses is a WIN!

It's hard for bus drivers to stay on schedule and carry riders to their destinations quickly if the buses are getting stuck in traffic. Our city's leaders are experimenting with ways to give buses dedicated space on the street so the public transit system can be more efficient. It's called bus prioritization, and we're huge fans! In December 2019, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) and Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) began a pilot project to provide dedicated street space for the exclusive use of buses and bicycles on E. 4th Street. They created a single, combined bus/bike lane between South McDowell and the Charlotte Transportation Center (CTC). How did it go? And why should you care even if you don't ride transit? We have answers! The lane provides exclusive access for buses inbound to the CTC and bikes. (map: CATS) Continue reading