Reimagining public spaces: Lessons from Philadelphia

Last week our executive director Shannon Binns and program director Meg Fencil traveled to Philadelphia to attend the Knight Foundation Public Spaces Forum along with more than a dozen Charlotteans. We explored how parks, sidewalks, streets, and even libraries can be transformed into vibrant community spaces. After arriving at the airport, we hopped on the train for a short ride that took us within a block of our hotel. We loved the convenience of the train from the airport right to downtown! Continue reading

Working for sustainability means working for equity

“You can’t talk about sustainability without talking about equity,” according to Ray McKinnon, the pastor of South Tryon Community United Methodist Church, and keynote speaker at our Charlotte Sustainability Summit. Continue reading

Meet the Intern: Tamara Mrad

My name is Tamara Mrad and I’m a rising junior at Davidson College. I am majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish. Continue reading

Meet our new Digital Content Coordinator

Hello there! I am Asia Bartholomew, the former Communications Marketing Intern and now Digital Content Coordinator at Sustain Charlotte. I was born in Gardena, California but have called Charlotte home for half of my life. Continue reading

Meet the Intern: Jaire Clarida

My name is Jaire Clarida. I am a rising junior social work student and I attend North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Continue reading

Will Charlotte's Tree Ordinance changes be enough to save our tree canopy?

The City of Charlotte’s Planning Department started hosting stakeholder meetings in March with the goal of updating its Tree Ordinance, and invited Sustain Charlotte to be a part of them. We participated in each of the four meetings, providing our knowledge and insight into how important trees are to our Urban Neighborhoods. Continue reading

Exploring Charlotte on foot at #WalkCLT powered by OrthoCarolina

Hundreds of Charlotte area residents enjoyed exploring the FreeMoreWest business district, surrounding neighborhoods, and greenway as they participated in our fourth annual #WalkCLT powered by OrthoCarolina! Our new "WALK Selfie Station" was a big hit! This fun, family-friendly event invited residents and visitors to walk rather than drive to destinations in their area by taking a map-guided twilight stroll. Following check-in at Recover Brands, participants explored special activities and deals at nearby destinations including Enderly Coffee, Rhino Market & Deli, The Burger Co., Crossfit QC, Picante Mexican Grill, Centered Wellness & Yoga for Life, Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center, Blue Blaze Brewing, and KeenDog Training. Continue reading

Envisioning Improved Transportation Infrastructure in the North End

(Photo credit:  Jenny Vallimont) We recently participated in a workshop, hosted by the City of Charlotte and the Knight Foundation, to envision transportation improvements that could be made in Charlotte's North End. The North End has the lowest street connectivity index and sidewalk availability for areas surrounding Uptown Charlotte. Gaps in the sidewalk network and lack of crosswalks put people in danger and prevent them from walking and biking. Sustain Charlotte is working with the North End Community Coalition (NECC) to calm traffic and make the community more walkable and bikeable while also advocating for improvements to the bus system. This area spans 8 neighborhoods: Druid Hills, Greenville, Graham Heights, The Park at Oaklawn, Genesis Park, Lockwood, J.T. Williams and Brightwalk at Historic Double Oaks. Continue reading

Charlotte’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan Must Emphasize Sustainability, Put People’s Needs First

Charlotte Future 2040, a comprehensive plan to guide Charlotte’s growth over the next two decades, is expected to last into 2021.  The planning process involves extensive community outreach, a great deal of city government staff time and, ultimately, approval by Charlotte City Council. The end goal is a long-term vision, clear objectives, and an action plan to reach desired outcomes.  Often these plans include a collection of growth strategies accompanied by supporting policies to help guide decision-making in the years that follow the plan. Once complete it may take another year or so to translate the plan into a new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) – the primary tool the City will use to implement the growth framework of the plan. Continue reading

Creating safety and a sense of place in SouthPark

The message was clear from attendees at our May Grow Smart CLT event: People want to live in a place where they can easily access amenities, and they want to feel safe doing that, no matter how they choose to get around. Continue reading