Charlotte Magazine Shares List of Charlotte's Best New Restaurants

We offer Platinum and Gold Sponsors of the Sustain Charlotte Awards + Earth Day Celebration the opportunity to post a relevant article to our website. Charlotte Magazine is a Gold Sponsor of the 2015 event and we're so grateful for their support! The article they'd like to share with you features many of the nine local farm-to-fork restaurants that are food sponsors of our awards event. If you like what you see here, be sure to buy your Early Bird tickets soon! Charlotte's Best New Restaurants: 2015 By Michael Graff, Leigh Ann Henion, Leah Hughes, Sarah Nowicki, Lisa Rab, Adam Rhew, & Courtney St. Onge WHILE CITIES LIKE Charleston and Atlanta still receive more recognition for having the South’s top restaurants, Charlotte’s food scene simmers. In the past year, the city’s tastes have expanded with French and Italian and German restaurants, along with plenty of new farm-to-fork options. The 13 restaurants on the pages that follow are helping to make Charlotte the most exciting food city in the region. Read the full Charlotte Magazine article here.  

Boingo Graphics & Clean Air Carolina Featured at Our March Mixer

How did a partnership between Sustain Charlotte and Charlotte-based printing company Boingo Graphics help to keep 30,000 picture frames out of the landfill? Boingo's Executive Vice President Linda Kirby ended her presentation to last night's mixer attendees by telling that story. Boingo's Executive VP, Linda Kirby, spoke to over 50 mixer attendees. Continue reading

Charlotte Area Leaders Discuss Transportation Plans and Funding

    It was a full agenda for the February 18 Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) meeting! Here's what your Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) members from Mecklenburg, Iredell, and Union County discussed: I-485 South Lane Options Louis Mitchell from NCDOT gave a report on the I-485 lane situation. A future managed lane project that will cover 16.6 miles from I-77 to US-74 is scheduled to begin in spring 2016. With completion of the widening project arriving 23 months ahead of schedule, there are three options for use of the newly completed lane: First, keep the lane for use as a shoulder. Second, open it as a High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane. Third, open it as a general purpose lane. Under federal guidelines, a general purpose lane can not later be converted to a managed lane. This means that the second option preserves the ability to convert the HOV lane to a managed lane later, but the third option does not preserve that possibility. Continue reading

Charlotte City Council Environment Committee Discusses Livability and Focus Area Plans

At the February 11 Charlotte City Council Environment Committee, Councilmembers Autry, Driggs, Howard, and Smith discussed the Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan and the Environment Focus Area Plan. Rob Phocas from Neighborhood & Business Services presented a summary of the Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan process to date and shared a timeline for future work on it. The committee voted unanimously to support the MLCP resolution and to send it to the full City Council for their endorsement at the February 23rd meeting. Mr. Phocas reported that the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners endorsed the plan process on February 21st, and he shared a list of dates when it will be presented to town councils throughout Mecklenburg County for endorsement. 7 Guiding Principles of the MLCP. Image from LivableMeck.com   Continue reading

Planning Department explains University City Area Plan to City Council

At today's Transportation and Planning committee meeting of Charlotte City Council, staff from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning explained how the draft University City Area Plan has been updated to account for changes in the University City area associated with the LYNX Blue Line Extension and station locations. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte Hosts First Mixer of 2015

Sustain Charlotte Features S & D Coffee & Tea at First Mixer of the Year Sustainability supporters came out in record numbers to the first Sustain Charlotte Mixer of the year. Over 60 community members attended the event at Triple C Brewing Company, including over 20 first time attendees. John Weibel, Environmental Systems Program Manager for S & D Coffee and Tea, explains how they are addressing sustainability. Continue reading

Six Stories, One City: Linda's Story

In the sixth and final video in our Six Stories, One City transit series, banking professional Linda explains why she has chosen a car-free commute. Every weekday, Linda takes an express bus from her home in Cornelius north of Charlotte into the city. Continue reading

Six Stories, One City: Walter's Transit Story

In the fifth video of our Six Stories, One City series, Walter explains how the bus makes it possible for him to travel to work. "I live in north Charlotte. I'm in the Senior Citizens Training Program at the Crisis Ministry Center. I use transit because it gets me close to my job, right there. I need that...I can't afford a taxi, so I need the bus. If I didn't have the bus, I wouldn't be able to make it to the job. I live too far away." Continue reading

Sustainable Commuters Celebrated at December Mixer

Over 50 sustainability enthusiasts from throughout the Greater Charlotte area gathered at Triple C Brewing on Tuesday evening to network and celebrate the success of our Transportation Choices Alliance’s Sustainable Commute Challenge. During the month-long challenge, over 100 photos were submitted by area residents who walked, biked, or rode transit to their daily destinations. As the photos were shared by contestants, they drew thousands of ‘Likes’ and hundreds of new followers to the TCA's Facebook page. The challenge also initiated dozens of conversations among sustainable commuters, many of whom had never met in person. Susan Patterson (center), Knight Foundation's Charlotte Program Director, congratulated the winners and participants. Continue reading

Six Stories, One City: Christine's Transit Story

Transit provides mobility and independence for many residents of Greater Charlotte who are unable to drive. In the fourth video of our Six Stories, One City series, Christine explains how transit allows her to maintain an independent lifestyle despite her visual impairment.    Continue reading