Hits and misses: What Charlotte can learn from other cities' bus stops

U.S. cities vary tremendously in terms of how bus stop locations are chosen, how amenities like shelters and benches are prioritized among stops, and how the stops are maintained. We're recapping what works and what doesn't.  In our previous blog post, we covered the factors that make a bus stop work well for riders. We hope you'll check out TransitCenter's Sorry to Superb: Everything You Need to Know About Great Bus Stops report that both of these posts are based on. Young volunteers during our Walk2Transit project identified features of good bus stops, like this one on Clanton Rd. Continue reading

City and County leaders, please support transportation choices!

We can't imagine a better way to close out 2018 than by formally presenting City and County leaders with the requests of over 2,100 area residents for more transportation choices! On Monday, December 17, Kate Cavazza and Eric Zaverl presented Charlotte City Council with Sustain Charlotte's Get There CLT statement of support for investment in walking, bicycling, transit, and greenway infrastructure.  Kate and Eric presented more than 2,100 Get There CLT signatures to Charlotte City Council! Continue reading

Charlotte looks at next steps on e-scooters + TOD Ordinance

Charlotte City Council’s Transportation and Planning Committee held its rescheduled snow day meeting on Monday, December 17th.  Staff gave committee members updates on the Transit Oriented Development districts, tractor-trailer parking policy, and new scooter recommendations.  View the full staff presentation from the meeting here.  Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading


On December 17th, the Charlotte City Council voted unanimously in favor of the Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP). This historic vote places 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. With this move, Charlotte has taken a major step in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and significantly increase the quality of life for residents by investing in our air quality and growing our economy with green jobs. Continue reading

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