What We Do

Sustain Charlotte is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that informs, engages, and empowers residents to address the numerous sustainability challenges that have accompanied our rapid population growth.

What is sustainability?

Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own.

Why is sustainability important to Charlotte?

Sustainability is an indicator of a community's long-term economic, social, and environmental well-being.

However, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area lags other metro areas in many key sustainability measures, and prior to Sustain Charlotte's founding, there was no local organization raising awareness of the challenges to our sustainability and their solutions. Sustain Charlotte was founded in 2010 to fill this void and is now the metro area's leading voice for sustainability.

Our Approach


We believe that the best strategy to achieve a sustainable community is through smart growth.

Smart growth is an approach to development that encourages a mix of building types and uses, diverse housing and transportation options, development within existing neighborhoods, and community engagement. This approach supports local economies, protects the environment, and furthers opportunities for all.

Our Commitment to Racial Equity

We have made a long-term commitment to advancing racial equity not only in the Charlotte area's built environment and transportation choices, but also in our own organizational practices and culture. Read more about our commitments here

Our Current Goals

Read our 2021 goals to get a sense of what we are focused on this year!

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