Sustain Charlotte Defends Streetcar on FOX

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When Governor Pat McCrory was just plain old Mayor Pat, there were three things he believed. McCrory supported raising taxes to pay for Charlotte public transportation; local leaders, not state legislators, decide city policy; and find creative ways to fund economic development project (remember Time Warner Cable Arena). Continue reading

Website offers revised glimpse of ‘Quality of Life’ in Meck County

By April Bethea Community leaders and researchers say a new website on neighborhoods across Mecklenburg County will help in better identifying needs across the area and may influence policy and other decisions.   Continue reading

Outside study recommends Charlotte-Mecklenburg community sustainability plan

Charlotte needs a community sustainability plan, according to a recent study commissioned by city and county officials. It’s an idea that’s been under consideration following presentations in April on a community-wide sustainability program from Shannon Binns, executive director of Sustain Charlotte, and Helene Hilger, retired director of the Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability Center at UNC Charlotte. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte Releases Mecklenburg County BOCC Candidate Responses to Sustainability Questions

Sustain Charlotte has surveyed all of the candidates running for the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners regarding their opinions on a variety of issues that impact the county's sustainability. These issues include how we plan for our projected population growth, and our changing needs related to transportation, water, waste, and parks.    Continue reading

Charlotte neighborhoods sow green vision

 When Allen Nelson moved to Charlotte’s Commonwealth-Morningside neighborhood in 2007, he was drawn to the area’s bungalow-style homes, the graceful, mature shade trees and the tucked-away location so close to downtown.    Continue reading

Sustainability a DNC legacy

Sustain Charlotte founder Shannon Binns calls the B-Cycle program the best addition to the city in terms of sustainable legacies that came out of the convention. “I’m not sure it would have happened if the DNC hadn’t come to Charlotte,” he says.  Binns also praises the widespread use of refillable water stations and an increase in recycling containers.  “The mayor deserves credit for choosing sustainability as one of the legacies from the convention,” Binns says   Continue reading

How can I ramp up my company’s 'buy local' efforts?

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An Interview with Sustain Charlotte’s Shannon Binns

Following the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, I had a chance to interview the man behind the City’s sustainability efforts - Sustain Charlotte’s Executive Director Shannon Binns. Hopefully you can learn a thing or two about how to make your own city a little more sustainable. Continue reading

Toward A More Sustainable Future

As one of the fastest growing cities in America, and with a projected regional population growth of 30% between 2010 and 2030, Charlotte's transportation system must grow too. While the challenges of doing so are great, the benefits -- and need -- are even greater.  Continue reading

Democrats get down in Charlotte — but not at the planet's peril

Democratic National Convention organizers are mindful that, demographically speaking, they should expect a young, diverse crowd in September. Continue reading