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

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