On November 1, 2010, Sustain Charlotte publicly launched Charlotte 2030: A Sustainable Vision for Our Region. This first-of-its-kind vision for our region's future is the product of countless volunteer hours, and the engagement of more than 100 local citizens and experts from many disciplines using a collaborative and consensus-based process, drawn from government, the nonprofit and private sectors, and academia.
These local citizens had expertise in one or more of the ten key issues that comprise this comprehensive vision for local sustainability. The ten issues are: Air, Energy, Food, Buildings and Homes, Economy, Parks, Trees and Green Space, Recycling and Waste Reduction, Social Equity, Transportation, and Water.
Details of the public launch, including those who expressed their support, can be found here. We are now working hard to turn this vision into a reality. Thanks to the many individuals who gave their time and shared their ideas to write this community vision for our future! To show your personal support, or the support of your organization, sign the 2030 Vision Statement of Support!
On August 5, 2014, we launched the first ever independently written report that assesses the current health of the community using 57 metrics spanning nine issues. Using a robust methodology and years of data from a variety of sources, we have generated a report card for each issue and provided 94 recommendations for how Charlotte-Mecklenburg can accelerate progress.
The nine issues assessed include:
With this report, we’ve taken an objective, quantitative approach to assessing our progress on the issues that affect the quality of life for today’s residents as well as those who come after us. We hope our leaders as well as all residents who call Mecklenburg home will take our recommendations to heart, and make the choices we must make to ensure a vibrant future.
Recent Press Coverage:
"We’ve talked a lot about sustainability – the state and quality of Charlotte’s air, water, energy use and more – and whether or not Charlotte is headed for a sustainable future. But now, the non-profit Sustain Charlotte has used the power of data to compile and compare nine different categories into one study, the first of its kind. The group rates our local sustainability trends, and compares them to national trends in air quality, energy use, equality and empowerment, food, jobs and income, land use, transportation, waste and water use. So, how are we doing? The report shows we’re making progress on energy use, and the area’s water use per household is lower than the national average. But we’re lagging behind when it comes to transportation and land use. And food insecurity and childhood poverty are on the rise."
-- Charlotte Talks, WFAE 90.7 (Charlotte's NPR Affiliate)
Check out 15 takeaways from Sustain Charlotte’s Sustainability Report Card by Ana McKenzie of Creative Loafing.
Listen to Sustain Charlotte Director Shannon Binns, Charlotte City Council Member John Autry, and Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio discussing our report card on WFAE's Charlotte Talks.