Sustain Charlotte

Advocating for smart land use and transportation choices.

Charlotte, NC   |  www.sustaincharlotte.org

Mission

We inspire choices that lead to a healthier, equitable, and more vibrant community for generations to come.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Mr. Shannon Binns

Main address

PO Box 18201

Charlotte, NC 28218 USA

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EIN

01-0975452

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In past decades, Charlotte’s swelling population rapidly expanded into previously undeveloped forest and farmland by building suburban shopping centers with vast surface parking lots, single-family homes on large lots, office parks far from residential areas, and an extensive road network designed almost exclusively to move cars as quickly as possible between them. Regionally, this led to a five-fold increase in our human footprint, or amount of developed land per person, between 1976 and 2006. In fact, Smart Growth America has now identified the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill area as the 5th most sprawling large metro area in the nation. Past growth patterns have contributed to a number of economic, social, and environmental problems that our region is now struggling to correct.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

2020 Program Goals

Visit this page of our website for our current programs and projects:

https://www.sustaincharlotte.org/what_we_do

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of stakeholders or stakeholder groups who agree to engage

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Coalition (CRTC) is convened + coordinated by Sustain Charlotte. It is a diverse coalition of organizations, nonprofits, and individuals.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes attendance at programming presented by Sustain Charlotte as well as external events in which Sustain Charlotte served as a speaker, presenter, or participant.

Number of training events conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric covers the number of peer convenings, networking, education, or information sessions facilitated to highlight best practices and policy responses.

Number of blog posts published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

https://www.sustaincharlotte.org/blog/

Number of list subscribers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of subscribers to Sustain Charlotte's weekly newsletter

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Fortunately, there is a smarter way to grow. Smart growth means building urban, suburban and rural communities with housing and transportation choices near jobs, shops and schools. This approach supports local economies, protects the environment, and furthers opportunities for all. See our list of our top goals for 2020 here:

https://www.sustaincharlotte.org/2020_goals

To achieve our goals we focus on three key strategies:

Educate – We educate the public about the value to our community of sustainability and how it is achieved, including the best ideas and practices from other cities around the country.

Engage – We provide opportunities for increased public engagement in the discussions and decisions that determine our future's sustainability.

Unite – We unite citizens, businesses, nonprofits, public agencies and academic institutions to develop shared visions, goals, and strategies for a sustainable region.

Our staff and board of directors are highly qualified to help us achieve our goals. Read about them here:

https://www.sustaincharlotte.org/staff
https://www.sustaincharlotte.org/board_of_directors

We also have a growing and diverse group of more than 600 individual and institutional donors. Please download our most recent audited financial statements for more details.

See a list of our 2019 accomplishments here:

https://www.sustaincharlotte.org/2019accomplishments

And our 2018 accomplishments here:

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Here are some accomplishments prior to 2018:

• Secured Charlotte City Council and Mecklenburg County Commission approval of funding to create the first-ever Sustainability Plan for the seven communities of Mecklenburg after more than a year of education and advocacy, including a presentation on best practices from other cities.

• Researched and published a comprehensive report on the social, environmental, and economic benefits of streetcar systems, helping secure City Council approval of funding needed to continue construction of the CityLynx Gold Line (also known as the streetcar).

• Researched and published a comprehensive report on the social, environmental, and economic health of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (2014 Sustainability Report Card) by collecting and analyzing the trends for 57 sustainability metrics. Included 94 recommendations for improvement as well.

• Recognized and honored over 500 local individuals and organizations at our Annual Community Sustainability Awards event since 2012.

• Created and manage the Transportation Choices Alliance to improve traffic, air quality, public health, mobility, and the economy through the promotion of more transportation choices. More than 30 organizations comprise the alliance.

• Assisted seventeen Charlotte neighborhood organizations with the creation and implementation of local sustainability plans.

• As a member of the public engagement team for Connect Our Future, organized 14 workshops that engaged over 400 youth across our 14 county region in conversations about how our region should accommodate the two million more residents we are expected to attract by 2050 -- without losing the things that make our region livable.

• Survey all candidates for Charlotte Mayor and City Council on the issues that impact our sustainability and provide their answers to the public to help voters make more informed choices.

• Educated thousands of local residents about the challenges and solutions to our sustainability through over 250 weekly e-newsletters, over 300 of media stories or interviews about our work, and over 250 presentations, speeches, workshops, panel discussions, and other events.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Sustain Charlotte

Board of directors
as of 05/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Brett Tempest

University of North Carolina Charlotte

Term: 2021 - 2022

Betsy Bodien

Bank Of America

James Cass

Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson

Joel Olsen

O2 Group Ventures

Keith Alyea

Wells Fargo

Philip Otienoburu

Self-Help Credit Union & Ventures Fund

Rachelle Latimer

Elite 360 Transportation and TRS&I Group

Ray Addison

Go-Station

Richard Cuebas

Integra Architecture PLLC

Joni Adams

Bank of America

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/24/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data