Grow Smart CLT


We are excited to introduce our new monthly event series, Grow Smart CLT! Mingle + Drink + Think with Sustain Charlotte! 

As Charlotte grows (44 people move here each day), it's critical that we grow smarter. To help, in February we launched a new monthly event series called Grow Smart CLT. These fun, yet informative events explore the multiple sustainability challenges that Charlotte faces due to our rapid growth.

Each month we focus on a different issue that is being impacted by our growth. Our goal is to ensure that you not only walk away with a better understanding of the challenge but also at least one action you can take to help put Charlotte on a smarter path.

Join us for our next event as we will be learning about Air Quality and it's large role in a growing city like ours. And scroll down to see recaps of our past events!

Wednesday, June 13th at Three Spirits Brewery - 5046 Old Pineville Road from 6-8 p.m.

Tickets are $5 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.


Smart Growth + Water



Emilee Syrewicze - Executive Director, Catawba Riverkeeper

Emilee is a native of Northern Michigan and grew up with an ardent appreciation for clean water. She attended Alma College in Alma, Michigan and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Chemistry. She then fostered her interest in environmental policy by attending Vermont Law School and graduating with her J.D. in 2011.

Rusty Rozzelle - Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program

Rusty Rozzelle manages Mecklenburg County’s Water Quality Program, which is a component of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services. The Program is charged with maintaining and restoring the quality and usability of the County’s surface water resources, including over 3,000 miles of streams in two (2) river basins and 190 miles of shoreline in three (3) of the 11 lakes that comprise the Catawba River System.

Click the topic for a link to the recap if the event has passed!

Events will be the second Wednesday of the month from 6-8 p.m.

  • February 21: What is Smart Growth?
  • March 14: Green Spaces
  • April 11: Transportation
  • May 9: Air Quality at Three Spirits Brewery
  • June 13: The Economy at Three Spirits Brewery
  • July 11
  • August 8
  • September 12
  • October 10
  • November 14
  • December 12 - End of the Year Celebration!

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