RELEASE: New Charlotte Area Commuter Study: It Pays to Take Transit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press contact: Shannon Binns, 704-338-2610, shannon@sustaincharlotte.orgNew Study: It Pays to Take Transit Carpooling, transit and telecommuting best transportation choices to save money and the planetCHARLOTTE (July 17, 2013) – Charlotte area commuters could save between $931 (for urban commuters) and $2,163 (for rural commuters) per year if they switched to public transit for their daily commute, according to an analysis of NHTS data by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Continue reading

New effort would boost transportation choices

Does the two-state Charlotte region need an advocacy group to push for transportation options beyond just more highways? Dozens of area nonprofit leaders, planners, developers and activists gathered recently to consider whether the region needs such a group to be launched.  Continue reading

NoDa Health and Harmony Fest

by Raeshika JonesCHARLOTTE, NC: The Big Green Bus rolls into NoDa on Saturday for the Health and Harmony Fest. It's an event by Sustain Charlotte which draws attention to environmental issues and natural lifestyles. Tera Blake talks with Shannon Binns and Jaime Kent about the goal for Health and Harmony Fest. Continue reading

Charlotte Health and Harmony Fest is Saturday

J’aime Kent, wellness coach and owner of New Life Experiment, a community wellness group and coaching business, will host the first Health and Harmony Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29 at Area 15, a small business campus at 516 E. 15th St., North Davidson. Continue reading

Gold Line’s ticket to expand

Streetcar has new momentum after council approvalby Herbert L. WhiteCharlotte’s proposed streetcar extension is moving forward after a change of heart by City Council.Council voted 7-4 Tuesday to OK to use $63 million in untapped funds for the 2.5-mile CityLynx Gold Line pending allocation of matching federal dollars. The deadline for the application with the U.S. Department of Transportation is May 31, but the vote clears a major hurdle for the extension. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte Releases New Report: “Go for the Gold: Why Streetcars are a Win for Charlotte”

Sustain Charlotte Releases New Report:    Go for the Gold: Why Streetcars are a Win for Charlotte   CHARLOTTE, NC – Today Sustain Charlotte released a report entitled Go for the Gold: Why Streetcars are a Win for Charlotte.  The report is the product of a collaborative research effort between students from several local universities: Davidson College, Central Piedmont Community College, UNC Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University, and Duke University. Continue reading

Guyer honored for environmental efforts

Regina Guyer, associate director of the IDEAS Center at UNC Charlotte, has been named Sustain Charlotte’s Outstanding Educator for 2013. Continue reading

Proposal could put streetcar back on track

City manager’s plan would exclude property taxes by Herbert L. White Charlotte’s much-maligned streetcar program has a new name and a new funding scheme.It also has a potential convert on City Council, which ran the streetcar off the rails last year as an expense taxpayers couldn’t afford. Continue reading

TRANSPORTATION: Obama to tap Charlotte Mayor Foxx for DOT top job

TRANSPORTATION: Obama to tap Charlotte Mayor Foxx for DOT top job (Monday, April 29, 2013)Eugene Mulero, E&E reporterAnthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., will be tapped today to lead the Department of Transportation during President Obama's second term -- a premier post for an official relatively unknown on the national transportation scene. Continue reading

Mecklenburg County Commissioners greenlight community sustainability plan

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners approved its support of a communitywide sustainability plan in a 7-1 vote Tuesday evening. County Commissioner Karen Bentley was the opposing vote. Commissioner Bill James was absent. Continue reading