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

Sustain Charlotte Recognizes County Leaders at 2nd Annual Community Sustainability Awards

Sustain Charlotte recently hosted the 2nd Annual Community Sustainability Awards at the 7th Street Public Market in Uptown Charlotte. Continue reading

Twelve leaders win second Community Sustainability Award

Sustain Charlotte announced the winners of its second annual Community Sustainability Awards on Saturday at the 7th Street Public Market in uptown Charlotte. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte honors former Creative Loafing 'Local Hero'

Sustain Charlotte promotes local sustainability in a broad sense, so it's natural that the group's annual Community Sustainability Awards are divided into a broad variety of categories. The group handed out its awards for 2013 on Saturday. One of the award recipients was longtime CL "admiree," Dr. Barney Offerman, who won in the Social Equity category. I'm happy to congratulate Offerman, who in 2009 was the Creative Loafing staff pick as Local Hero in the 2009 Best of Charlotte issue. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte honors 12 at second annual awards

Bill Gupton, chairman of the Sierra Club’s Central Piedmont chapter, was recognized as Sustain Charlotte’s Overall Outstanding Leader at the nonprofit's second annual awards Saturday. Continue reading