Sustain Charlotte celebrates 2018 accomplishments

This year has been jam-packed with events, advocacy, and wins for our community, and Sustain Charlotte has been right in the thick of it. For our December Grow Smart CLT event, we wanted to share everything our staff, volunteers, and supporters have made happen to advance smart growth during 2018. To start, we went back through each of the topics we covered during the Grow Smart CLT event series (you can find links to all the recaps at the bottom of this page) and updated attendees on how their actions have moved those issues forward in the time since we hosted the event. Continue reading

CDOT receives public feedback at Shifting Gears

Sustain Charlotte, in partnership with the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT), hosted the last Shifting Gears of 2018 at Resident Culture Brewing.  More than fifty people attended the public action workshop to give their input on how to better Charlotte’s cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.   Participants give their feedback directly to City staff. Continue reading

Letter from Sustain Charlotte Regarding Strategic Energy Action Plan

A letter sent to Council Members and Staff with our comments on the draft Strategic Energy Action Plan that they will be asked to support on December 10. Our staff have been heavily involved in the drafting of this plan, and have extensive expertise in this matter. Continue reading

Charlotte City Council to Vote on Strategic Energy Action Plan

We need your help! On the evening of Monday, December 10, 2018, The Charlotte City Council will vote on a historical Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP), that will put Charlotte on the path to source 100% of its energy used in its own buildings and fleet from zero-carbon sources by 2030 and dramatically reduce city-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. Continue reading

This fall, skip the plastic leaf bags. The planet will thank you.

It's no secret that plastics have made life easier for humans, but at the cost of choking our waterways, littering our city streets, and posing hazards to endangered wildlife around the globe. If you're looking for a way to reduce your single-use plastics, one way to do it is by using a Leaf Burrito.   Continue reading

Shared Mobility E-Scooter Plan Unveiled at Transportation and Planning Committee

At their November meeting, the Committee received updates on the Comprehensive Plan, Transit-Oriented Development Ordinances, and e-scooters. Continue reading

What makes a bus stop great?

Now that the CATS bus network has been redesigned through the Envision My Ride initiative, there are still two major areas where the experience for riders can still be improved. The first of these is more frequent service, which will require additional funding to pay for more drivers. The second is better conditions for riders as they walk to and wait at bus stops. In today's blog post, we explore the importance of great bus stop design and balanced bus stop spacing as covered inTransitCenter's new From Sorry to Superb: Everything You Need To Know About Great Bus Stops report. Great bus stops provide a safe and comfortable waiting experience for riders. (image: Sorry to Superb report) Continue reading

Exploring walkability in Germany

In September, a delegation from Germany came to Charlotte as part of a transatlantic dialogue on sustainable mobility, supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and facilitated by the German American Chamber of Commerce. The focus of the discussion was “walkability as the blueprint for smart cities and work environments.” Continue reading

How YOU can stop using single-use plastics and more.

If you’re not using plastic bags, you’re on the right track, according to the panelists at our November Grow Smart CLT event. Same if you’re working to reduce your food wasted, or reading up on which products can actually be recycled curbside. Continue reading

Confronting Racial Inequities in Charlotte's Transportation and Land Use

It's no secret that past and present racism and racial bias have led to profound inequities in quality of life for many Charlotteans. Our Program Director Meg Fencil attended the Facing Race conference in Detroit last week. Here are just a few of the concepts that we plan to incorporate into our work. We strive to do all of our work through a lens of racial equity and recognize that it's a learning process. Facing Race was a fantastic opportunity to conceptually center our work in racial justice and equity. In an equitable community, each person has the resources that they need. (image: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) Continue reading