Environment Committee Advances Strategic Energy Action Plan to City Council

At their meeting on Monday November 12, City Council's Environment Committee voted unanimously to advance the Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP) to the full Council. The SEAP will be reviewed at Council's next Strategy meeting on Dec 3 and voted on at the December 10 business meeting. Read the comments that Sustain Charlotte submitted on the final SEAP draft. For more background on the SEAP process, check out our most recent update. A variety of strategies at a range of costs and impact levels are being evaluated. (image: City of Charlotte) Continue reading

Equity in Public Transit: What We Learned at Rail~Volution 2018

Our Executive Director Shannon Binns and Program Director Meg Fencil traveled to Pittsburgh to attend Rail~Volution, an annual conference focused on how land use, transportation and development can transform communities into livable places — healthy, economically vibrant, socially equitable, and environmentally sustainable. Here are some key points they learned about transit and equity!  Sustain Charlotte program director Meg Fencil moderated a panel on Transit-Oriented Development. Continue reading

Five steps YOU can take to slow climate change

With our state still reeling from the devastating impact of Florence, the world’s most esteemed climate scientists issued a dire warning: we have 12 years to act to avoid catastrophic climate change. Here in North Carolina, we already know what catastrophe looks like.  Florence gave us a taste of it, with unusually intense and destructive rainfall that scientists tell us was a result of climate change.  But if you’re like most Americans, you have moved beyond the tired debate about whether our climate is changing.  You want to know how you can help prevent things from getting even worse.  Continue reading

Nearly 600 people explored South End and Uptown during Biketoberfest presented by the Charlotte Knights!

Thank you to everyone who made Sustain Charlotte's 4th annual Biketoberfest presented by The Charlotte Knights a success! Continue reading

Bicycle Program Manager Kate Cavazza Speaks at BikeWalk NC Conference

The state advocacy organization BikeWalk NC hosted the 7th Annual BikeWalk NC Summit on October 19 and 20 in Raleigh, and Sustain Charlotte was a featured presenter.  As the bicycle program manager, I want to share the top three things that I learned during the conference. Continue reading

Charlotte City Council Environment Committee Presented With Strategic Energy Action Plan

At the October 22nd meeting of the Charlotte City Council Environment Committee, staff presented an update on the development of the Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP). Continue reading

Transportation and Planning Committee looks ahead at Comprehensive Plan and electric scooters

News crews packed the room to hear the City Council Transportation and Planning Committee meeting on Monday, October 22nd.  Continued discussion about the Comprehensive Plan and what to do with electric scooters dominated the agenda. Continue reading

Creating a city-wide vision for Charlotte

Our October Grow Smart CLT event started with some disappointing news. The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which Charlotte’s Planning Director, Taiwo Jaiyeoba, had promised would be revamped by June of 2020, won’t actually be finished by then. But there’s a good excuse. Continue reading

Charlotte City Council Environment Committee Receives Updates on Strategic Energy Action Plan and Tree Canopy Master Plan

At the October 8th meeting of the Charlotte City Council Environment Committee, council members received updates on the Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP) and tree canopy master plan. Strategic Energy Action Plan Charlotte Sustainability Director, Rob Phocas, and Assistant City Manager, Kim Eagle, provided an update on the SEAP development process. The timeline for introducing the SEAP has been pushed back one month. Continue reading

Charlotte piloting waste reduction methods in the North End Smart District

We’re excited that Charlotte has launched two pilot projects in the North End Smart District, with the goal of reducing waste. The programs are funded through a Neighborhood Matching Grant. Photo credit: Leaf Burrito Continue reading