Sustain Charlotte is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that informs, engages, and empowers residents to address the numerous sustainability challenges that have accompanied our rapid population growth.
What is Sustainability? Why is it Important to Charlotte?
Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own. 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 has quickly become the metro area's leading voice for sustainability.
Sustainability in an urban context recognizes that long-term economic vitality, environmental health, and social cohesion are interdependent: the health of one determines the health of all. Ultimately then, all efforts to lessen impacts to the natural environment and ensure a robust economy are efforts to secure a high quality of life for the community – that is, the people of the Charlotte region.
We believe that the best strategy to achieve a sustainable region 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.
We do this by giving residents a voice, informing thousands of residents, organizing inspiring events, partnering with the City of Charlotte, and partnering with community organizations.