We work closely with local government staff and elected officials to ensure we are applying best practices from other cities, and increasing the ability of local residents to make sustainable choices. We also alert residents to opportunities for their input on plans and decisions being weighed by our elected leaders, and how to make their voice heard. We believe informed and engaged citizens are not only critical to our democracy, but also critical to ensuring healthy, equitable, and vibrant communities.
We mobilized residents to support the CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar at a City Council meeting.
Our policy engagement is responsive to the current sustainability challenges facing the Charlotte community. Here are a few examples of recent policy issues we have been involved in:
- Community-centered engagement for better walking conditions to public bus stops.
- Completion of 13 unfinished park and greenway projects approved by voters in 2008.
- Support for the updated Charlotte BIKES Plan.
- Partnership with the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition's Equitable Transportation Team for safer pedestrian and bicycling conditions.
- Safer streets in Charlotte's South End and Parkwood Avenue & The Plaza, including Arterial Corridor Studies.
- Rights of cyclists and support for construction of Charlotte's first protected bike lane.
- Funding to build the transit projects that Charlotte needs.
- An equitable volume-based solid waste system.
- Zoning to support walkable, bikeable, and people-oriented development near transit stations.