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

Sustain Charlotte named a 2014 Charlottean of the Year!

Sustain Charlotte has been named a Charlottean of the Year by Charlotte Magazine. Executive Director Shannon Binns founded Sustain Charlotte in 2010 after recognizing a need for a local organization that would raise awareness of Greater Charlotte's sustainability challenges and their solutions. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Sustain Charlotte was featured in the December 2014 issue in an article called "Six Charities Worth Your Dollar" for their contributions to Charlotte this year in the area of Philanthropy. Charlotte Magazine's editorial staff spent months sorting through and discussing nominations from readers and city leaders. The only criteria: Nominees had to make Charlotte a better place in 2014. Sustain Charlotte and other honorees will be recognized at a luncheon on Friday, December 12. Continue reading

Six Stories, One City: Scott's Transit Story

Today's video takes you inside of a small business that reaps the benefits of proximity to transit. Scott is one of the owners of Triple C Brewing Co, a local brewery located near the LYNX Blue Line in Charlotte's South End.   He's seen the tremendous economic impact of the light rail on businesses and residents. "When we first picked the location...there wasn't too much development in the area. But I think the light rail had a big part to do with a lot of current development around our location because of the convenience for people to get an apartment and then ride the light rail downtown...10 years ago, this was an industrial, hard-hit area. Now there's people moving into the area, there's small businesses growing, and it's a direct result of the light rail." Triple C Brewing Co. is within walking distance of the New Bern light rail station. "We even named a beer after it. We have a Light Rail Pale Ale." We've enjoyed hearing your feedback on the video series. Please leave a comment below and let us know what you think! Continue reading

Six Stories, One City: Margarita's Transit Story

We hope you were inspired by Natalia's transit story that we released last week as part of our Six Stories, One City transit series featuring six diverse users of transit in Greater Charlotte. Today we're sharing Margarita's story. Margarita is a mother, immigrant, and small business owner. She rides the bus to make deliveries for her business and to travel with her children. When asked why she values transit, Margarita said, "It's good because my children enjoy riding the bus and light rail. For my kids it is something fun to do. When I tell them we are going uptown, they say "Yay, let's take route 9! Let's ride the train!" Sometimes I take them to the library uptown, Imaginon. It's a longer trip, and my kids love the city's landscape, and enjoy what they see."   Continue reading

Six Stories, One City: Natalia's Transit Story

Starting today, and each of the next five Fridays, we're releasing the video story of a different public transit rider in Charlotte! What do a banking executive, high school student, senior citizen, small business owner, immigrant mother, and visually-impaired woman have in common? Continue reading

Bonds will fund many transportation and neighborhood improvements

Charlotte residents, tomorrow November 4th is Election Day! As Charlotte's population continues to grow, it's critical that we not only maintain our existing infrastructure, but also improve our streets, trails, neighborhoods, and housing to meet the needs of current and future residents. We hope you've heard about the three bonds that will be on your ballot tomorrow. If not, this post will help you understand the basics and where to find more information. Each bond will be presented separately, and we encourage you to vote 'Yes' for all of them. We're sharing the following information from the Vote Yes For City Bonds website to help you make an informed decision at the polls.     Continue reading