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

Teaching youth about sustainable alternatives to driving

On Wednesday July 17th, we hosted our 3rd annual Youth Quake Transportation Fair and it was yet again... a resounding SUCCESS! The fair was organized in partnership with the Progressive Baptist Church’s summer camp, YouthQuake. Continue reading

How we stay sustainable at the office

You may have heard that we just moved offices, from our previous location along the Rail Trail to a cute little office with views of Bank of America Stadium. Now that we're settled in, we’re excited to share the little things that we’re doing in our new space to make our office more sustainable. Check out the list below, and then give them a try at your own office! Continue reading

How one of our team made the switch to a clean commute

When I started at Sustain Charlotte in February of 2019, I was living in Huntersville and commuting down to our office in South End. With one infant and two dogs at home, taking the 77-Express bus (while a fantastic option for those in North Mecklenburg County) proved to be too unpredictable and didn't provide me with the flexibility needed to get home to my family in case of emergency. Continue reading

Improving pedestrian connectivity in Charlotte's North End

We are excited to have recently received a grant from AARP to help connect the neighborhoods of Charlotte’s North End with trails and signage. North End has the lowest street connectivity index and sidewalk availability for areas surrounding Uptown Charlotte. Gaps in the sidewalk network and lack of crosswalks put people in danger and prevent them from walking and biking. Continue reading

Charlotte’s ambitious plan to fight climate change and reduce carbon emissions

Last year Charlotte City Council approved a plan that aims to make Charlotte a low carbon city by 2050. And last week 75 people gathered with us at Triple C Brewing to hear more about how this plan is getting off the ground. Continue reading