Adding our support for Zero Emission Vehicles

Sustain Charlotte joined several organizations including Southern Environmental Law Center, Environment North Carolina, Clean Air Carolina, North Carolina Housing Coalition, and North Carolina Justice Center in submitting a public comment letter on NCDOT's draft Zero-Emission Vehicle ("ZEV") Plan.  Continue reading

Here's the recommended alignment for light rail to Pineville and Ballantyne

At last week's Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) meeting, CATS staff shared their recommendations for extending the LYNX Blue Line light rail to Pineville and Ballantyne. Read on to learn details of the proposed alignment and how CATS used public input to guide their recommendations!  (CATS staff recommendations for light rail (blue) and bus rapid transit (red). (image: CATS) Continue reading

Charlotte chooses to go climate-friendly with bus purchases

We're excited to share that this week CATS CEO John Lewis decided to purchase hybrid electric buses instead of diesel or CNG! Continue reading

Park Improvements Coming to the North End Community

(North End Community Leaders meeting with Park and Rec staff) Recently, neighborhood leaders from the North End Community Coalition (NECC) and Sustain Charlotte staff met with Mecklenburg County Park and Rec Director Lee Jones, Deputy Director Peter Cook, and their staff to discuss park improvements in the North End Community. Continue reading

You can shape the future of cycling in Charlotte

Despite what you might think, Charlotte is trying to be better for bikes. For years Sustain Charlotte has been advocating for safer places to ride in the city, and now Charlotte is working on creating a new Bicycle Network Map, which will lay the foundation for significant improvements in bike facilities. At our August Shifting Gears workshop, attendees had an opportunity to learn more about Charlotte’s process for creating its map, and to provide input on what should be included in it.  Continue reading

Residents Play Board Game To Help Shape Charlotte’s Future

(Participants play the "Growing Better Places: A More Equitable and Inclusive Charlotte" board game at POTIONS & PIXELS' Gaming For Charlotte event at The Park Church on Beatties Ford Roa - Photo by Grant Baldwin)   On August 1st, residents from across our community gathered for “Gaming for Charlotte,” a special event focused on the newly released board game from Charlotte's Planning, Design & Development Department called Growing Better Places. The event was hosted by POTIONS & PIXELS, the Planning, Design & Development Department, and a wide variety of community partners, including Sustain Charlotte! Continue reading

Communities come together for National Night Out

We are so thrilled to have been able to participate in two events for the 2019 National Night Out initiative, which encourages communities to come together to reduce crime by hosting neighborhood events and keeping their porch lights on later than normal. Continue reading

Reflections: Educating future generations

My name is Tamara Mrad I’m a rising junior Biology major on the Pre-med track at Davidson, and this summer I worked as a Sustainability Scholar. I was lucky enough to get paired with Sustain Charlotte, where I learned a lot about the effects of transportation on the environment, and its consequences on health more specifically. Continue reading

Reflections: Working for equity

My name is Jaire Clarida and I spent this summer interning with Sustain Charlotte through the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation internship program. My internship experience has been an amazing experience this summer! I was able to learn many new things about the non-profit world by being a part of Sustain Charlotte. I learned many new things about sustainability, including the seriousness and impact of making sure that we all value the environment in which we live. Continue reading

How will you share your input on land use planning in Charlotte?

This was one of our favorite blog posts to write, because there's just so much exciting news on transportation and land use to share with you! Plus, there are lots of public input opportunities to add your voice! The City is making progress on its Streets Map, public input for the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan, and the Unified Development Ordinance. On Monday July 21, Charlotte City Council's Transportation and Planning (TAP) Committee heard updates from staff on each of these topics.  Committee Chair Julie Eiselt led the meeting. Committee members Greg Phipps and Braxton Winston also attended.  You can weigh in on the Streets Map! The main goal of the Streets Map is to "Create streets that support transit-oriented (TOD) neighborhoods". That means the areas adjacent to the LYNX Blue Line light rail stations. Check out the picture below for an example of what a great street could look like. See how there are safe and inviting places to walk, cross the street, ride a bicycle, and ride public transit?  The Streets Map and TOD Standards together will help create great streets in Charlotte. (image: Charlotte Planning) Continue reading