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

Sustain Charlotte Director Featured in Natural Awakenings Magazine

Sustain Charlotte's founder and Executive Director was featured in the local June issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte Presents to Charlotte City Council's Environment Committee

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

Sustain Charlotte Encourages Green in the Queen City

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

Sustain Charlotte: Shifting the Region’s Focus on Its Future

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

Sustain Charlotte names community awards winners

Sustain Charlotte honored a dozen community leaders in its inaugural awards program. Continue reading

Charlotte in 2012 Features Sustain Charlotte

 As part of the run up the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, Sustain Charlotte was selected as one of the 'Carolina Stories' by the Charlotte in 2012 team.     Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte Selected for Social Entrepreneurs Competition

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