Grow Smart CLT


With 50 people moving to Charlotte every day it's critical that we grow smarter. To help, in 2018 we launched an event series called Grow Smart CLT. These fun yet informative events explore the multiple challenges that Charlotte faces due to our rapid increase in population and how these can be overcome through smarter growth.

We are excited to announce that our Grow Smart CLT event series will return in 2019 on the second Wednesday of every other month from 6-8 p.m. See the event dates below.

Join us for our next event July 10 at Triple C Brewing Company from 6-8 p.m. and it is presented by HDR! We will discuss Charlotte's Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP) and find out what is next for implementation.

Cities across the world are starting to take climate change seriously. Last year, Charlotte became a national leader on climate change when City Council unanimously made a bold public commitment to become a low carbon city by 2050. Learn how we'll get there as a community by joining us at Grow Smart CLT, where we'll explore the goals and action areas of the city's new Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP). We'll also take a closer look at tools for measuring progress towards greenhouse gas reduction goals. And of course we'll discuss ways YOU can help make sure the plan's goals are fully implemented!

Our speakers include: Rob Phocas, the Director of Sustainability for the City, who will give an update on the Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP).

Meg Fencil, Program Director of Sustain Charlotte who will discuss how other U.S. cities are pursuing their energy goals.

And Pam Yonkin, the Director of Transportation Sustainability & Resiliency at HDR, who will discuss the Sustainable Value Analysis as an example of a tool that cities can use to objectively measure their progress towards achieving sustainability goals.


Tickets are on sale now! Tickets are $10 for non-Sustain Charlotte members (donate at least $5/month or $60/year) and free for members. Interested in becoming a member to attend the events for free? Click here.





At HDR, we believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward. We specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts, and artists. Our employees, working in more than 200 locations around the world, push open the doors to what’s possible each and every day.





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  • Jennifer Dean
    commented 2019-03-13 15:03:17 -0400
    Hi Jonathan,

    Thank you so much for letting us know about your concerns related to the event cost. It’s a new format that we’re trying this year to help us cover the cost of putting on the events. We do offer a low-income ticket option that is free of charge, which people can use if the cost is a burden.

    The 2030 Transit Plan however, is a public document and can be found here:

    I hope you’re able to join us tonight, but if you can’t make it I understand!

  • Jonathan Bazin
    commented 2019-03-13 13:27:52 -0400
    It costs money to learn what our city leaders are planning ? That’s vaguely.. balogna sauce.