Sustainability report card ranks Mecklenburg fair to middling

Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s first comprehensive sustainability report card is in, and the results are mixed. The report, released Tuesday by Sustain Charlotte, a local advocacy nonprofit, ranks the Charlotte area on nine environmental, economic and social categories. The report notes two bright spots – the area’s water use per household is lower than the national average and energy use is improving. Continue reading

Group considers suing North Carolina to stop fracking

ANSON COUNTY — Anson County residents are calling for action after Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law that would allow fracking permits to be issued as early as next year. Continue reading

Charlotte [metro] ranked 10th most dangerous city for pedestrians

A recently released study ranks Charlotte as the tenth most dangerous city for pedestrians. The report, "Dangerous by Design 2014," ranked cities according to how likely a pedestrian is to get hit by a vehicle. Compiled by Smart Growth America, a national nonprofit dedicated to fighting suburban sprawl, the report studied city-by-city deaths and numbers of pedestrian commuters to come up with an overall "pedestrian danger index." Continue reading

Charlotte mass transit at a crossroads

With earlier rail and bus gains leveling off and funding for future projects stalled, new opportunities and obstacles come into focus.By Reid CreagerWes Seeger liked taking the bus and light rail during his 22 years in the Chicago area. When he lived in suburban Evanston, the Metra rail stop was a block away for his 6:05 a.m. departure; when he lived in Naperville, it was a mile away and he rode his bike to the station. When in the city, his bus stop was on the corner and the “L” was about four blocks away. Continue reading

N.C. legislator's proposal would block tree ordinances

State legislators plan to introduce a bill this month that would prohibit local tree ordinances such as Charlotte’s, igniting immediate protests from tree lovers.A legislative study commission this week approved draft legislation that says cities and counties can’t regulate the “removal, replacement and preservation of trees on private property.” Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte Announces Winners of Third Annual Community Sustainability Awards

CHARLOTTE, NC – Sustain Charlotte, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, engaging and uniting citizens to solve Charlotte’s sustainability challenges, recognized 70 Charlotte area citizens and organizations for their innovative work to address the region’s environmental, economic, and social issues. Awards were presented to eleven of them in front of a crowd of over 250 at the Third Annual Community Sustainability Awards + Earth Day Celebration on Tuesday, April 22 at UNC Charlotte’s Center City Building in Uptown. Local nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, and neighborhood associations were recognized for helping to advance ‘Charlotte 2030: A Sustainable Vision for Our Region’, which Sustain Charlotte launched in 2010. The Earth Day Network recognized the celebration as an official Earth Day event.  Continue reading

The Story Behind Your Recycling Bin

by Mae IsraelTucked at the end of a dead-end street in an industrial area just north of uptown Charlotte, Mecklenburg’s recycling processing plant sits as a storyteller of the area’s challenges in figuring out how to reduce its dependence on landfills. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte honors 70 for green-friendly efforts

Sustain Charlotte, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting sustainable social, economic and land use policies, recognized 70 Charlotte area citizens and organizations Tuesday evening for their efforts.  Continue reading

Charlotte's growth spurt

by Graziella SteeleDemographics are changing, especially in the city's core The increase in the number of people, including families, living in Uptown has resulted in more stores that sell groceries and other household staples. Photo by Graziella Steele Continue reading

Push for more solar energy efforts in Charlotte

by Melissa HankinsCharlotte recently ranked fairly well in a listing of cities leading the way towards an increase in the usage of solar power, landing 26th in the nation.Graham Givens is with Environment North Carolina, the agency behind the study, and he says we've made leaps and bounds all across the state over the past few years. Continue reading