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

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

Local teens lead rally for climate action

We were thrilled when we heard that local teens Kate Harrison, Lucia Paulsen, and Logan Rackowitz were planning a rally as part of the global student strike for climate action. These young leaders see the threat posed by our rapidly changing climate, and are pushing our elected leaders to do something about it. We attended their rally, held in solidarity with student climate rallies around the globe. Here's a look at the event. Continue reading

Uptown Cycle Track Coming To Charlotte Sooner Than We Thought!

We have some exciting news!  We are proud to share that the first half of the Uptown Cycle Track is going to be built a lot sooner than any of us thought -- i.e., IN TWO MONTHS, and in time to be explored by YOU for Bike!Charlotte Week and Shifting Gears! Continue reading

CATS shares big plans for transit expansion

We’ve been talking a lot recently about the newly approved Silver Line alignment. Last week, Sustain Charlotte members heard more details about the 2030 Transit Plan from CATS CEO John Lewis and transit planner Jason Lawrence at our March Grow Smart CLT event. Continue reading

Why we support Charlotte's new guidelines for development near transit

Sustain Charlotte has been serving on the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Advisory Committee since 2017, providing a voice for smart growth in the Charlotte community, and raising up solutions for how our community can continue to grow while staying sustainable. Over the past year, we have been providing input on a total re-write of the city’s Transit-Oriented Development Ordinance, which are the rules for development that occurs in areas adjacent to our rapid transit stations. We spoke at the Charlotte City Council meeting in support of the ordinance, and sent a letter to the Council prior to the meeting, asking them to approve them. Read the full letter below. Continue reading

5 ways to make Charlotte safer for pedestrians

A few weeks ago, we shared the bad news that pedestrians who are older adults, people of color, and people walking in lower-income areas are at higher risk of being killed in collisions. At least 6,227 pedestrians were killed in traffic last year in the US. A report by the Governors Highway Safety Association cited alcohol use, unsafe infrastructure, increased use of smartphones, and increased ownership of SUVs (which strike higher on the body and are more likely to cause serious injury) as factors for the increase.  But there's good news, too! Today we're taking a closer look at State of Place's list of ways to make streets safer for pedestrians and considering how they could be implemented in Charlotte.  Continue reading

Expanding Pedestrian Connectivity in North End

Charlotte's 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 to calm traffic and make the community more walkable and bikeable. 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 Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan Comes to West Blvd!

The Charlotte Planning Department kicked off their public engagement events on Tuesday, March 5th at Mount Sinai Baptist Church on West Boulevard.  Planning staff and Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan consulting firm MIG led a nearly 2 hour presentation after introductions by Charles Thomas with the Knight Foundation, and Charlotte's Planning Director Taiwo Jaiyeoba. Continue reading

3 ways the city is improving development and street safety

What is Charlotte doing to plan for a sustainable, safe, and walkable future? Lots! The Transportation and Planning Committee meeting on Monday, Feb. 25th focused on three ways the City is moving towards that goal. They received updates on the Charlotte Vision 2040 Plan, Transit Oriented Development Districts, and Vision Zero.  Continue reading