Through our Sustainable Neighborhoods Program, we provide sustainability education to residents in motivated neighborhoods across the city, and partner with them to set measurable sustainability goals for their communities, based on their interests and needs. We then suggest strategies and resources customized for each community, and work together in partnership to achieve these goals.
Goals vary by neighborhood but include reducing household energy use, improving access to healthy food, reducing the amount of waste going to the landfill, and getting more residents out of their cars, to name just a few. To date, we have partnered with 17 neighborhoods through this program!
In 2018, we are specifically engaging neighborhoods in this program through the Senior Mobility Project and the Equitable Transportation Team.
Senior Mobility Project
Many senior adults in Charlotte struggle to maintain their mobility as they age, often resulting in social isolation and inability to meet daily needs. The gaps in Charlotte’s transportation network and barriers to mobility for seniors, particularly for those seniors who rarely leave their homes, are not fully understood. The goals of this project, sponsored by Southminster, are to:
- Identify specific mobility challenges that prevent Charlotte seniors from traveling to their desired daily destinations.
- Partner with 4 neighborhoods to envision how the mobility needs of their senior residents could be addressed.
Seniors from Lincoln Heights discussed mobility challenges at our February 2018 story circle.
Equitable Transportation Team for West Boulevard
In partnership with the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition (WBNC), we are organizing with residents to work for streets that are safer for walking, bicycling, and riding transit. In 2018, we're building social capital within neighborhoods and across Charlotte by focusing on resident-centered transportation and land use planning.
In January 2018, we set priorities for the year at our monthly meeting. The residents decided to host a series of “house meetings” to introduce their neighbors to the project and build up more community engagement.
At our February meeting, Scott Correll from CDOT presented the Findings Report from the West Boulevard Corridor Study. The report includes the approved new street crossings, signalized intersections, pedestrian crossing beacons, intersection improvements, and other infrastructure modifications that have been approved by NCDOT. In 2018 and the coming years, we will partner with the WBNC to advocate for timely implementation of these improvements.
Check out our blog posts on the Equitable Transportation Team:
This project is funded by Wells Fargo and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation.
West Boulevard residents spoke to City Council to ask for safer streets.