$50 Prize Every Weekday in November for Our Sustainable Commute Challenge!

Every weekday in November, Charlotte area residents are invited to participate in a unique Sustainable Commute Challenge hosted by the Transportation Choices Alliance (an initiative of the local nonprofit Sustain Charlotte) and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The contest will begin on Monday, November 3. Contestants can participate by uploading photos of themselves, friends, co-workers, or family members traveling to their daily destinations on foot, by bike, or by public transportation on the Transportation Choices Alliance’s Facebook page. The contestant who uploads the photo that receives the most “Likes” by 10:00 p.m. each day will receive a $50 cash prize.    Continue reading

Welcome to Our New Website!

  We’re excited to unveil the new look of our website, complete with user-friendly functionality, easier-to-find resources, and even a mobile-friendly browsing experience! Best of all, we’ve redesigned our website to better highlight the important work we’re doing to educate, engage, and unite residents across the Charlotte metro area to inspire choices that lead to a healthier, more vibrant community for generations to come. Continue reading

Charlotteans gather to talk about bicycling

More than 70 area residents, government staff, planners, and bicycling advocates gathered on Thursday October 9 for Charlotte Bike Talk, a public discussion of bicycling needs for the Charlotte metro area. The event was organized by the Charlotte Department of Transportation with publicity and registration provided by the Transportation Choices Alliance. The evening opened with presentations by Dan Gallagher (Charlotte Department of Transportation), John Cock (Alta Planning + Design), and Matt Roe (National Association of City Planning Officials). Continue reading

Reid Park Residents Clean Up Trash Laden Neighborhood, Instill Community Pride

  More than 30 adult and youth residents participated in Reid Park’s clean-up.   On the sunny Saturday morning of October 4th, residents of the historic Reid Park neighborhood in west Charlotte gathered at the Amay James Recreation Center for a morning of service. Following a brief presentation about how to separate trash from recyclables, they split into three groups and  picked up litter from the grounds of the recreation center, Reid Park Academy, and neighborhood streets. Three hours later, approximately 900 gallons of  trash and 450 gallons of recyclables had been collected, along with two pickup truck loads of bulk waste. Continue reading

Become a Member for Just $5 a Month + Enter to Win a $50 Gift Card to Healthy Home Market!

This month we’re kicking off our October membership drive and now, for just $5 a month, you can become an official member of one of Charlotte’s most important and impactful nonprofits. JOIN NOW TO BECOME A MONTHLY MEMBER FOR ONLY $5 / MONTH! Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte Discusses Transportation Choices With News 14 Rob Boisvert

We sat down in the studio with news anchor Rob Boisvert a few weeks ago to discuss transportation in Charlotte and chat about MoveCharlotteSmarter.org--the official website for our Transportation Choices Alliance initiative.   Continue reading

What We Learned At Tuesday Night's Networking Mixer With National Gypsum

Each month, we host a free networking mixer that brings together sustainability professionals and one of our featured partners for an evening of fun and information exchange. Tuesday evening, we hosted our October mixer at Triple C Brewing, Co. and had a special presentation by our featured partner National Gypsum. Mundise Mortimer, Director of Strategic Planning, spoke about why National Gypsum values sustainability and how the company has evaluated and adjusted every aspect of their operations to better protect the environment.  Check out the recap from this event and what we learned during the discussions and be sure to visit our EVENTS page to stay updated on next month’s event. Continue reading

Lake Norman Transportation & Land Use Summit

Population growth and sprawl aren't concerns only for large cities. As the Lake Norman region has seen an influx of new residents in recent decades, previously rural areas and small towns have had to adapt to manage growing traffic congestion, infrastructure demands, and environmental concerns. Today we headed to Mooresville for the Lake Norman Land Use and Transportation Summit hosted by the Lake Norman Transportation Commission.  Panelists represented the legislature, commerce, real estate, and transportation. Continue reading

An engaging urban Charlotte

Susan Patterson, Program Director for the Knight Foundation in Charlotte, traveled to Denmark and Sweden with four Charlotte team members in August to learn firsthand how cities become truly livable. As the team cycled the streets of Copenhagen and toured Malmo, they encountered delightful surprises around every turn: playgrounds designed for both children and adults, outdoor concerts, picnics, vibrant sidewalk cafes, and residents of all ages and skill levels cycling as their primary means of transportation. The team returned to Charlotte with a deeper appreciation of how important sustainable transportation and well-designed urban places are. They also discussed ideas for transforming our sprawling, car-dependent city into a walkable, bikeable community that will attract a talented workforce and boost quality of life for all of Charlotte's residents. To learn more about the trip and how it inspired ideas for Charlotte, read the Op-Ed in the Charlotte Observer by Susan Patterson: Continue reading

TCA Website Launch Press Release

The TCA's new website is the result of many months of planning, research, and editing. Today, we're proud to finally unveil it to our long-time friends and supporters as well as new participants in the discussion about sustainable transportation! We distributed a press release this morning: “MoveCharlotteSmarter.org provides a place where the Greater Charlotte community can get the latest on local transportation news and events, demonstrate their support for more transportation choices by becoming a member of the alliance, and take concrete actions to help move us toward a transportation network that benefits our health, our climate, and our wallets.” -- Shannon Binns, Executive Director, Sustain Charlotte Continue reading