Charlotte may follow in the footsteps of Atlanta, Washington and Baltimore by developing a comprehensive sustainability plan for city operations. City Council’s environment committee — led by new council member John Autry — heard presentations Monday from Shannon Binns, executive director of Sustain Charlotte, and Helene Hilger, director of the Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability Center at UNC Charlotte. Continue reading
Sustainability is a big word with a broad meaning. Too often, people use it — and overuse it — to appear environmentally friendly. They'll talk about having a salad made from local greens or riding their bikes to work but still order fast food or drive gas-guzzling SUVs. What will make these wannabes drop the façade and get real about going green in Charlotte? Continue reading
What is the economic value of a tree? Executive Director of Sustain Charlotte Shannon Binns aims to answer that question. In doing so, he hopes to guide city leaders and citizens in making decisions that provide for better air quality and quality of life in the long-term. Continue reading
Nonprofit organization Sustain Charlotte will participate in SEED20, a social entrepreneur competition launched by Social Venture Partners Charlotte. Sustain Charlotte and 19 other groups were chosen as the program’s inaugural class. Social Venture Partners Charlotte had 86 applicants for SEED20. Other groups selected include Urban League of Central Carolinas, Charlotte Teachers Institute, Easter Seals UCP and Charlotte Community ToolBank. Sustain Charlotte and its founder and director, Shannon Binns, has served as an advocate for the local environmental and conservation community since its start in early 2010. Continue reading
Venture philanthropy. Ever heard of it? Well, it's about to take off in Charlotte thanks to Social Venture Partners Charlotte, which describes itself as "a diverse network of engaged individuals who are addressing community needs through a new model of giving." Continue reading
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'Sustainability' goes beyond environment, includes peopleSustain Charlotte asks leaders to take a long viewCharlene Price- PattersonDo you believe the decisions we make today determine our quality of life tomorrow? Continue reading