Action Alert: Ask Charlotte City Council to support "Sustainable and Resilient Charlotte" resolution
We need your help! On June 25th, the Charlotte City Council will be voting on a comprehensive resolution that calls for the city to source 100% of its energy used in its buildings and fleet from zero-carbon sources by 2030. It also creates an action plan for dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors.
This is great news, and if implemented, would truly make Charlotte a leading city in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It would significantly increase the quality of life for residents through environmental improvements like air quality and prepare our economy for the jobs of the future. You can read more about the resolution and action plan in our recent blog post.
We need your help to get this passed! Please contact Councilmembers and the Mayor and tell them you support the “Sustainable and Resilient Charlotte” resolution and ask for their support!
Please come out to the June 25th City Council meeting to show your support! We will be meeting in the lobby of the Government Center at 6 pm.
Address: 600 East Fourth Street Charlotte NC 28202
Read on for contact info and resolution text.
Right now the draft state budget includes a provision that would make it impossible for any light rail projects to move forward in NC, by requiring that federal funding for a project be in place before a project can apply for state funds. One of the key requirements in applying and being approved for federal funding is that local and state funds have already been committed to a project, which makes this provision a deal-breaker for light rail projects statewide.
As an organization that supports public transit expansion, Sustain Charlotte asks you to contact your Charlotte-area legislators and ask them to change this provision.
Help your City go the last mile to fund critical transportation programs!
On Monday, May 7, City Manager Marcus Jones presented the preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2019 to City Council. Read the document, executive summary, and presentation here!
After continued advocacy in partnership with many concerned citizens, we are thrilled to announce that the Fiscal Year 2019 proposed budget positions Charlotte to take a huge step to advance active transportation!
BREAKING: Charlotte City Council just voted 6-5 to send a resolution that would commit the City to 100% clean energy by 2050 back to the Environment Committee for further discussion.
Many members raised concerns that the language of the resolution was unclear and that it did not include an action plan showing how the goal would be achieved.
Council Member Eiselt made the motion to send it back to committee for further discussion and creation of a high-level action plan.
While we would have liked to have seen the resolution pass tonight, we believe the decision to send it back to committee is well-intentioned and that if this commitment is made soon — along with a high-level plan — that is an even better outcome than a resolution alone.
Thank you to everyone who contacted City Council over the past few days about this and the ten residents who spoke in support at tonight’s meeting.
We will need you again to ensure this commitment is made early in 2018!
On November 13, the Charlotte City Council Environment Committee was asked to vote in support of a resolution that would demonstrate the city's support of a state and national goal of 100% clean energy by 2050 or sooner.
Specifically, it states, "officials and staff will consider all municipal decisions in light of whether they will bring the City and its residents, businesses, and institutions closer to 100 percent renewable energy and ensure that the benefits of renewable energy are realized by North Carolinians from all walks of life by 2050 or sooner." (See the entire resolution at end of this post.)
The committee voted 2-2 with Council Members Ajmera and Kinsey voting for the resolution while Council Members Driggs and Fallon voted against.
Now the resolution moves to the full City Council for a vote this Monday, November 27.Read more
Dear Mecklenburg County Residents,
I’m writing to ask for five minutes of your time today.
Because the extent to which Mecklenburg County’s greenways will grow next over the next five years will be determined in a matter of days, and you can make a difference -- if you act now.
This Tuesday the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners will vote on the county’s budget for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1 (three weeks from today). They will be also be voting on the five-year capital budget for fiscal years 2019 – 2023.
I urge you to contact your County Commissioners today to affirm your support for completing the remaining greenway projects in the 2008 Greenway Master Plan within the next five years by including the funds needed in these budgets.
Click here to view the letter we sent them.Read more