Sustain Charlotte concerned about the city's commitment to 'Vision Zero' initiative (WCNC)

The city of Charlotte continues to see major growth with more drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists on the roads. In an effort to strengthen its commitment to safe travel for everyone, the city adopted “Vision Zero” in 2018. Continue reading

OPINION: Do Not Nullify Charlotte’s Commitment to Vision Zero (QC Nerve)

The below is a letter from Sustain Charlotte executive director Shannon Binns to Charlotte City Council about discussions by the Transportation, Planning and Development Committee to potentially change the language in the city’s Vision Zero plan, offered for publication by Queen City Nerve as an open letter. Continue reading

Cyclists use portable street sweeper to clean up bike lanes (WSOC-TV)

Ramez Tadros has brought innovative technology to Charlotte, which offers cyclists the opportunity to clean up trash from bike lanes. “You attach it to your bike, and it will clean the bike lane as you ride,” Tadros told Channel 9. Continue reading

Uptown transportation hub | Where do things stand with the Charlotte Gateway Station? (WCNC)

The Charlotte Gateway Station is part of the large-scale mobility plan in the Queen City. It will integrate residential, commercial, retail, and transportation infrastructure, all in Uptown. But it’s been years since the project started. Many Charlotteans are wondering where things stand now. City leaders say this is a big undertaking and it will take time. The idea is that when the project is complete it will be a major transportation hub for people traveling long distances or for daily commutes to work, giving people more ways to get around. That is something that residents want to see. Continue reading

Can Charlotte lead the way in cooling cities? (WFAE)

February is one of Charlotte’s coldest months, but researchers at UNC Charlotte have been investing a lot of time lately thinking about how hot it gets in the summer.Veronica Westendorff, a landscape architect who’s been studying urban heat islands for six years, believes Charlotte’s tree canopy presents an opportunity to show leadership in a problem faced by cities throughout the United States. Continue reading

February 2: Local News Roundup (WFAE)

On the February 2 Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup, Mike Collins and his guests discussed calls for corporate leaders in Charlotte to engage in the transit conversation for the region happening on the part of the founder of Sustain Charlotte smart growth advocate Shannon Binns. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte chief calls on business leaders to get engaged on transit expansion (CBJ)

Sustain Charlotte Executive Director Shannon Binns was interviewed for a Charlotte Business Journal article on the ongoing debate over how to expand the transit network and pay for it. We remain hopeful that the $13.5 billion transit and mobility expansion plan introduced in 2020 can finally get moving in the year ahead. Continue reading

Focus on Funding and the Future (Partners for Parks)

This is a most critical time of year for county programs and departments that depend on public funding. Specifically in Mecklenburg County, the Board of Commissioners is weighing all of the County’s budget priorities en route to the County Manager’s development of the FY2024-2025 budget. Sustain Charlotte is consistently one of our partners advocating for greener, healthier, and yes – sustainable community. Part of that effort relies on maintaining public dialogue about funding for parks, greenways, and equitable access to green spaces. That includes rallying like-minded constituents to call or email their representatives at the County level, signing petitions, or speaking at public hearings. Continue reading

County leaders receive requests for parks & rec funding (Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly)

Mecklenburg County commissioners heard more about funding parks and recreation than any other priority Jan. 17 during a public hearing about the 2024-25 fiscal year budget. Chairman George Dunlap described the hearing as an opportunity for the public to have their say prior to commissioners creating their budget. More than 20 individuals and groups took that opportunity, bringing attention to education, childcare, the arts and other causes. Continue reading

Fighting for a better future for our Queen City with Sustain Charlotte (WBTV)

Sustain Charlotte Urban Design Specialist Eric Zaverl joined WBTV's QC Life on Wednesday to talk about our areas of focus for 2024. He talked about why these priorities are so important for the sustainable growth of the Charlotte area and what residents can do to get involved in advocating for the policies and plans that will make them possible.  Continue reading