Impact 704 Academy: Mini Projects

The purpose of the mini-projects is to challenge academy participants to take an action-oriented next step to advocate for their communities and neighborhoods. Please complete your project by February 28, 2023 and Meg Fencil to receive a certificate if your attendance requirements are met. You can also email Meg if you’re interested in completing a project that’s not on this list but is aligned with the academy’s focus on smart growth. If you’re not interested in the academy certificate but still want to engage in advocacy activities, you’re welcome to use the provided resources to advocate for your community. 


Description of project


Send an email to one or more of your local or state officials. 

Depending on the issue, this email could be addressed to the City Council or Town Council members, County Commissioners, School Board members, or State elected officials. Use the link in resources to find out who your representatives are. 

Find out who your representatives are

Who does what in local government in and around Charlotte?

Sign up and speak at a local government public meeting or forum. 

Choose your audience, depending on the smart growth issue that you would like to speak about. You might consider taking part in a County Commissioners' meeting, City or Town Council meeting, School board meeting, and/or Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) meeting. If you live outside of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County and need help figuring out how to sign up to speak at the public meeting/forum where you live, please reach out to Meg Fencil. ([email protected]).

How to speak at the Charlotte City Council meeting

How to speak at Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners meeting

How to speak at a Metropolitan Transit Commission meeting

How to speak at a CMS School Board Public Hearings or make public comments. 

Attend your neighborhood association/coalition meeting (if you have not attended previously). 

Attend your neighborhood association or neighborhood coalition meeting. To find out which neighborhood organizations are active in your area, use the link in resources. Sometimes, checking Facebook groups might be a good way to find those organizations. When attending the meeting, we encourage you to talk to three new people about a smart growth topic relevant to your community.

Find a list of Charlotte community organizations

Invite one of your local/state elected officials to attend your neighborhood organization meeting. 

If you are already attending your neighborhood organization meeting, invite one or several of your local representative (elected officials) to those meetings to speak and/or listen to residents regarding a smart growth topic that’s relevant for your community. 

Find your elected or appointed representatives

Find neighborhood associations in Charlotte.

Bring a friend along on a trip by walking, biking, or public transit.

Plan and take a trip by walking, biking, or public transit. Bring a family member, co-worker or friend with you and discuss the importance of transportation choices for our city. Alternatively, you can bring a friend to our Growing our Greenways event on November 19th.

Public transit: To download the CATS app, click here.

Reach out to CATS to share your feedback at [email protected].

Bike: Use Google maps to plan a bike trip in your neighborhood (select the bike or walking icon to build a route). 

Register for our next Growing our Greenways Event.

Do a walkability audit of your neighborhood

Take a group of friends or neighbors and walk around your neighborhood. Notice: Is it easy to walk to the closest grocery store or bus stop? Share the audit results and your recommendations with your neighborhood organization or elected officials (City or Town Council members) or your local planning staff (especially if you live in a town).

How to conduct a walkability audit

Find your elected representatives


Organize a walk or bike ride on a greenway (or other active transportation routes) in or near your neighborhood

Plan and host an “all ages, all abilities” walk or bike ride in your neighborhood to either introduce residents to a greenway, bike route, walking route OR to highlight the need for this type of infrastructure. Use this as an opportunity to talk to your neighbors about the importance of active transportation.

Find a list of Mecklenburg County parks and greenways.  

Tell your neighbors or friends about the work of Sustain Charlotte. 

Encourage five friends/neighbors to subscribe to Sustain Charlotte's newsletter. Write a summary of your experience participating in the Impact 704 Academy event on your social media encouraging your friends to subscribe to Sustain Charlotte’s newsletter, follow us on social media or attend a specific upcoming event. 

Subscribe to the Sustain Charlotte newsletter

Follow Sustain Charlotte on social media: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Check out the Sustain Charlotte events page

Apply to join one of the City’s or County’s resident commissions 

The City of Charlotte has 35 boards and commissions. Residents of Mecklenburg County can volunteer to participate by applying for a vacancy. The boards have an advisory function, which is another great opportunity to make your voice heard. Serving on resident boards and commissions is a commitment, so it’s important to ensure you have time available for this. 

Interested residents should complete the online application and submit it to the Office of the City Clerk. To apply for a board position, click here. The City Council vacancy notice can be accessed here.

More details about City of Charlotte boards can be found here.

Mecklenburg County also offers residents an opportunity to serve on boards and commissions. More details on the Mecklenburg County board are here.  


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  • Lauren Sawyers
    published this page 2022-11-03 11:48:01 -0400