Youth climate leaders inspire hundreds at Charlotte Sustainability Awards

Each year we take an evening to celebrate the work that is being done in the Charlotte community to advance smart growth and sustainability, and each year we are blown away by the incredible work we hear about from our honorees. This year was no exception. Continue reading

How public art can slow traffic and improve pedestrian safety

Vendors lined the street as thousands of Charlotteans came out to Open Streets 704 on Sunday, April 28th!  People of all ages were able to enjoy car free day from 1pm to 5pm on a perfectly sunny Sunday! Continue reading

How to live your best #ecofriendly life

Earth Month always brings lots of ideas on how to live more sustainably and protect the planet that we call home. So this April, we've got a roundup of our best posts that can help you stay eco-friendly in the Queen City. Continue reading

West Boulevard community discusses new food market and greenway plans

There’s no denying that change is coming quickly to Charlotte’s West Boulevard neighborhoods. Even before plans were finalized to run the future Silver Line light rail along Wilkinson Boulevard by 2030, property values began to skyrocket. Many residents struggle with rising rents combined with a lack of local economic opportunities within the community. But the neighborhood’s leaders and partners are working to make the community more livable. Continue reading

Volunteers collect bike and pedestrian data in South End

During the EarthShare NC Corporate Earth Day Challenge, an enthusiastic team of volunteers from Protiviti helped Sustain Charlotte collect data about how pedestrians and cyclists are using the streets, crossings, and Rail Trail in Charlotte's South End. Sustain Charlotte's bike program manager Kate Cavazza (right) coached volunteers on how to record observations. Continue reading

See the progress on the 6th Street Protected Bike Lane

We're so excited to see progress being made on Charlotte's first protected bike lane, on 6th Street! Check out the progress so far and watch a sneak peek of what it's like to ride the lane, below! Continue reading

9th graders collect North End pedestrian data during resident-led walkability audit

Last week, a group of 9th grade students made observations and collected data along Statesville Ave as Darryl Gaston from the North End Community Coalition (NECC) gave a guided tour of his neighborhood. Learn more about our walkability audit and how we'll use this data to make Charlotte's streets safer for all people! Darryl Gaston (center) from NECC led the neighborhood tour and Sustain Charlotte led the walkability audit. We saw several transit riders waiting at this stop. Continue reading

Mayor declares Charlotte a Vision Zero City

It's not every day that a city commits to doing everything it can to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries within the next 11 years. But at the City Council meeting on March 25, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles shared the good news.  It's official: We're a Vision Zero city!  Charlotte's Vision Zero logo emphasizes safety for all who use the streets. (image: charlottenc.gov) Continue reading

A look at how transit can guide Charlotte's growth

By: Eric Zaverl Back in December the Charlotte Planning Department hosted Todd Noell of Noell Consulting Group at the Powerhouse Studio in South End. Noell Consulting Group (NCG) is based in Atlanta and Todd has 20 years of experience in market analysis. Todd presented forecasts on potential market opportunities and demand for housing, retail and office growth in Charlotte for the next 20+ years, with a particular focus on areas around transit stations. Continue reading

Charlotte Environment Committee Takes a Tree Canopy Tour

On Thursday, March 14th, Charlotte City Council’s Environment Committee, as well as some key partners, embarked on a tree canopy tour to see both pilot and partner programs that are happening now. To reach the “50 by 50” goal of achieving 50% tree canopy in Charlotte by 2050, additional steps will need to be taken. Continue reading